(CNN)Speaking to reporters last week, Bill Belichick was asked if he's gotten to know his Super Bowl LIII opponent, Rams head coach Sean McVay.
"Yeah, I know him," the 66-year-old Patriots head coach said, which is about the extent of acknowledgment many have come to expect from the man who doesn't give much away.
But McVay clearly has the attention of Belichick (more on that later), who has the most Super Bowl titles (five) of all time, as well as the rest of the NFL.
This will be Belichick's ninth Super Bowl appearance. It's the first for McVay, who, at 33, is the youngest coach in Super Bowl history.
And he is viewed as the NFL's next prodigy.
"Working with him, man, it's a good feeling just to have him as our coach," Rams running back Todd Gurley said. "He's a players' coach. He's a great guy. You can talk to him, you can understand and he does everything for a reason. He does everything for us, for the team. So, you love playing for a guy like that."