At Super Bowl, coaches-in-waiting won’t discuss possible new jobs

Quarterbacks coach Zac Taylor isn’t allowed to talk about what will happen next week after the Rams’ trip to the Super Bowl is over and the Bengals hire their next head coach.

Brian Flores, the Patriots’ unofficial defensive coordinator, says it would be disrespectful for him to discuss what’s happening until next week, when the Dolphins hire their head coach.

Until then, these two assistant coaches on the rise are making sure they’re focused on doing everything possible to walk into their next jobs with a big, shiny ring.

Taylor is widely expected to be hired by Cincinnati to replace Marvin Lewis once the Rams’ season ends Sunday against New England.

Though he can’t confirm the decision, Taylor used his first comments since the interview process to praise Rams head coach Sean McVay for his advice and leadership during their two years together in California. Taylor was the University of Cincinnati’s offensive coordinator for a year before joining McVay’s staff.

“The important thing is to not allow it to be a distraction,” Taylor said of his head-coaching interviews during the Rams’ playoff push. “Sean has been really great to let us take our day to handle that business, and then put it to rest and move on.”

An hour after Taylor gently deflected questions about his future, Flores did the same.

In his 15th season with the Patriots as a scout and coach, the ex-Boston College linebacker wouldn’t address reports that he will take the job with Miami after the Super Bowl.

“Right now, my vision is on Sunday’s game,” Flores said. “That’s where my head is.”

Goff over Brady? Rams running back C.J. Anderson says there’s no question that the title of greatest quarterback ever belongs to New England quarterback Tom Brady.

The greatest in Sunday’s Super Bowl 53? Anderson says that could be a different answer.

“He’s the best quarterback of all time,” Anderson said of Brady. “I’m not going to say he’s the best quarterback for Super Bowl 53. We’ve got a young guy over there who can throw the ball around pretty good now.”

The Rams’ Jared Goff ranked fourth with 4,688 yards passing — three spots ahead of Brady. Goff threw 32 touchdown passes, three more than Brady.

Promising forecast: Despite concerns about wintry weather in Atlanta on Tuesday, the forecast for the Super Bowl is much more promising. The Weather Channel is predicting a high of 58 degrees Sunday, with a chance of occasional rain.

Falcons owner Arthur Blank said the weather should allow the retractable roof at Mercedes-Benz Stadium to be open for at least some part of the day’s schedule.

“I think you’ll see the roof in some form will be operable,” Blank said. “The NFL would like to see it operable. We’d like to see it operable. I think that’s what the plans are. How long it will be open, I’m not sure.”

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