SUPER BOWL 53 NOTEBOOK: Other superstars were gone or leaving when they were Tom Brady's age, but New England's offensive coordinator doesn't even imagine Tom Brady not playing at 42, whatever might happen in Super Bowl 53.

Father Time catches even the superstars.

Brett Favre threw his last NFL pass when he was 41, with a Vikings team that went 6-10.

Peyton Manning was 39 when he played his last game, on a Broncos team that won Super Bowl 50.

Tom Brady said this week there is "zero chance" he won't be preparing for the 2019 season when he turns 42 in August.

Offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels didn't need to hear the "zero chance" remark from Brady.

"I assume he's going to play," McDaniels said. "I've been with him so many years, I just assume he's going to keep going. I'll have a reaction at some point in my lifetime, but no reaction to that now."

The oldest quarterback to start games for the Browns in the expansion era was Jeff Garcia, who was 34 when he went 3-7 as the starter in 2004. Drew Stanton, who didn't play a down as the Browns' No. 3 QB in 2018, will turn 35 in May.

Time doesn't slow down when superstars retire. Favre will turn 50 this year (Oct. 10).

 

O'CONNELL COACHES, HOYER PLAYS

Kevin O'Connell, who coached Browns quarterbacks in 2015 when Josh McCown and Johnny Manziel were the primary starters, is the new offensive coordinator for the Washington Redskins.

O'Connell was the Patriots' backup quarterback in 2008 before getting beaten out by undrafted rookie Brian Hoyer in 2009.

Hoyer is in his second season back with the Patriots and is the only QB on the roster other than Tom Brady.

Hoyer hasn't been particularly busy. During the regular season, he trailed Brady 1,092-27 in offensive snaps.

Hoyer attempted two passes for the Patriots in 2018, the same number as wideout Julian Edelman. Don't sleep on Edelman in Super Bowl 53. The former Kent State quarterback completed both throws, one for 37 yards.

GOING ON SANS GORDON

Bill Belichick has nothing to add to what he said about Josh Gordon more than a month after the ex-Brown was suspended from the Patriots.

"He’s made a statement, the organization’s made a statement, the league’s made a statement," Belichick said at the time. "I’ve spoken on him at length over the last three months, and so I don’t really have anything at this point to add to that."

The Browns received a 2019 fifth-round pick for Gordon when they traded him to New England on Sept. 17.

Gordon played in only 11 games for the Patriots but finished the regular season as their third leading receiver (720 yards) behind Julian Edelman (850) and James White (751). He finished ahead of Rob Gronkowski (682).

EXTRA POINTS

- McDaniels says he has analyzed the methods of his friend Sean McVay, head coach of the Rams.

"We all steal from each other," McDaniels said. "And it's not just schemes. It's details of preparation, the way another team practices. We definitely pick each other's brains."

- McDaniels' brother Ben normally attends Super Bowls when the Patriots make it.

He won't make this one because he is busy with his job as a University of Michigan assistant coach.

Josh was a senior quarterback at McKinley in 1994. Ben was an All-Ohio quarterback on McKinley's state title teams of 1997 and '98.

- The first mock draft from NFL Network analyst Lance Zierlein has the Browns taking LSU linebacker Devin White at No. 17 overall.

Zierlein indirectly made his Super Bowl prediction by pegging Clemson DT Christian Wilkins as the Patriots pick at No. 31 and Washington CB Byron Murphy as the Rams' selection at No. 32.

He has Kentucky edge rusher Josh Allen going to the Cardinals at No. 1.

 

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