Bill Belichick applauded Patriots' defense of Aaron Rodgers: 'He's just lobbing it up there'

It’s rare to get a glimpse into the coaching mind of Bill Belichick.

Showtime did just that with footage of the New England Patriots coach for “Inside the NFL” that showed Belichick literally applauding his defense for their work against Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers in a 31-17 win on Sunday.

Belichick the cheerleader?

“That pass rush is what we want,” Belichick said during a sideline pep talk. “Keep working the [expletive] out of those guards. 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.

“That’s a great job. Keep pressing him. If he runs backward, then run him out of bounds, that’s great.”

Rare sighting of a happy Belichick

First, it’s nice to see that Belichick isn’t always sneering, snarling or repressed. That was a genuine rah-rah showing from the Patriots coach who was pleased with the play of his defense in slowing down one of the game’s great players.

And about that great player. It’s a bit of a shock to hear anyone criticize Rodgers for “just lobbing it up there.” The Packers quarterback appears to almost always be composed and making good decisions.

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FOXBOROUGH, MA - NOVEMBER 04: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots reacts during the first half against the Green Bay Packers at Gillette Stadium on November 4, 2018 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - NOVEMBER 4: New England Patriots' Adrian Clayborn sacks Packers quarterback Aaron Rogers during the fourth quarter. The New England Patriots host the Green Bay Packers in a regular season NFL football game at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA on Nov. 4, 2018. (Photo by Matthew J. Lee/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - NOVEMBER 04: Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers reacts as he holds his right wrist during the second half against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on November 4, 2018 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - NOVEMBER 04: Antonio Morrison #44 of the Green Bay Packers tackles Julian Edelman #11 of the New England Patriots during the second half at Gillette Stadium on November 4, 2018 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - NOVEMBER 04: Kyle Van Noy #53 of the New England Patriots tackles Aaron Jones #33 of the Green Bay Packers during the second half at Gillette Stadium on November 4, 2018 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - NOVEMBER 04: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots signals for a touchdown during the second half against the Green Bay Packers at Gillette Stadium on November 4, 2018 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - NOVEMBER 04: Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers throws a pass during the second half against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on November 4, 2018 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - NOVEMBER 04: Adrian Clayborn #94 of the New England Patriots celebrates after sacking Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers (not pictured) during the second half at Gillette Stadium on November 4, 2018 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - NOVEMBER 04: Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers reacts during the second half against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on November 4, 2018 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - NOVEMBER 04: Jaire Alexander #23 of the Green Bay Packers is assisted by training staff during the second half against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on November 4, 2018 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - NOVEMBER 04: Julian Edelman #11 of the New England Patriots throws the ball during the second half against the Green Bay Packers at Gillette Stadium on November 4, 2018 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - NOVEMBER 04: James White #28 of the New England Patriots runs with the ball during the second half against the Green Bay Packers at Gillette Stadium on November 4, 2018 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - NOVEMBER 04: Bashaud Breeland #26 of the Green Bay Packers celebrates with teammates after breaking up a pass in the end zone during the second half against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on November 4, 2018 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - NOVEMBER 4: New England Patriots' Cordarrelle Patterson sails into the end zone with a second quarter five yard rushing touchdown. The New England Patriots host the Green Bay Packers in a regular season NFL football game at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA on Nov. 4, 2018. (Photo by Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - NOVEMBER 4: New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) gets a hand from offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, right, as the clock was running down in the New England victory over the Packers. The New England Patriots host the Green Bay Packers in a regular season NFL football game at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA on Nov. 4, 2018. (Photo by Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - NOVEMBER 4: New England Patriots' Julian Edelman cannot hold onto this pass with defensive pressure from the Packers' Jaire Alexander (23) and Blake Martinez during the first quarter. The New England Patriots host the Green Bay Packers in a regular season NFL football game at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA on Nov. 4, 2018. (Photo by Matthew J. Lee/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - NOVEMBER 04: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots high fives Brian Hoyer #2 and offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels during the second half against the Green Bay Packers at Gillette Stadium on November 4, 2018 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - NOVEMBER 04: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots talks with Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers after the Patriots defeated the Packers 31-17 at Gillette Stadium on November 4, 2018 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
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The Patriots never got that interception from Rodgers, but did limit him to 269 yards and a pair of touchdowns on a paltry 55.8 percent completion rate. That’s a win against Rodgers by any reasonable standard.

Love him or hate him, it’s impossible to deny the greatness of Belichick. Any insight into his coaching process is a worthwhile look.

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