During the week leading up the Patriots’ 31-17 win over the Packers on Sunday night, Bill Belichick had nothing but good things to say about Aaron Rodgers.
“He has great accuracy,” Belichick said of Rodgers during a midweek press conference. “Very mobile in the pocket. He extends plays. Really good vision down the field. Uses the cadence well. He’s a very good situational player. He’s just one of the great quarterbacks in the National Football League. No question about it.”
Well, Belichick’s message to his defense during the game wasn’t nearly as glowing. The Patriots coach was mic’d up during the game. Here’s what he told his defense about the Packers quarterback…
“Keep him in the pocket. He’s tried to throw us two interceptions now. We’re gonna get one. He’s just lobbing it up there.”
Rodgers did have to take some chances he wouldn’t normally take, as the Patriots secondary did an excellent job of sticking to Packers receivers; but I hardly doubt Rodgers would appreciate Belichick saying “he’s just lobbing it up there.”
Belichick’s prediction would not come true, however. Rodgers did not throw a pick, but New England’s defense did keep the Green Bay passing game in check in the second half thanks to a brilliant gameplan from Belichick and defensive coordinator Brian Flores.