His approach was simple: Be a sponge. Be seen, not heard.
Twelve years later, O’Connell, 35, is the first-year offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the Rams. Brady, 43, is in his first season as quarterback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after winning six Super Bowl titles in 20 seasons with the Patriots.
The Rams (6-3) play the Buccaneers (7-3) on Monday night at Tampa Bay.