Bill Belichick: Aaron Rodgers was too good

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Patriots coach Bill Belichick displayed plenty of respect for Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers after today’s game.

Belichick was effusive with his praise of Rodgers, saying that the Patriots played well but that Rodgers was simply too much for them to stop.

“In the end, Rodgers was just too good. He made some throws that only Rodgers can make. We had pretty good coverage on some of those and he was just too smart, too good, too accurate. In the end he got us,” Belichick said.

The Patriots started the game seeming to have a great game plan to contain Rodgers, and in the early going Rodgers struggled. But Rodgers had a strong second half, and the game ended with a long Rodgers-led drive in overtime, culminating in the Packers’ game-winning field goal.

The Patriots were game opponents, but Belichick said it best: Rodgers was too good.

69 responses to “Bill Belichick: Aaron Rodgers was too good

  1. Cheer up, coach. You get the the Lions next week. You don’t even need to suit up your punter.

  2. danceformemarionetteboy says:
    October 2, 2022 at 8:45 pm
    Belichick has never won a playoff game without Brady under center.
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    Wrong.

  3. Your roster is terrible. Who’s fault is that bill?

    The last place patriots will never be relevant again, Brady ain’t coming back so bill can ride his coattails one more time and try to steal all the credit.

  4. Really Bill? Remember that quarterback you didn’t offer a contract and tried to undercut with Jimmy G that’s still winning Super Bowls?

  5. danceformemarionetteboy says:
    October 2, 2022 at 8:45 pm
    Belichick has never won a playoff game without Brady under center.

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    He won 2 rings as a coordinator, styniing people like Elway and Kelly, while undressing Montana twice on the way to those SBs, and won a playoff game with Testaverde in 1994, likely welll before you were born.

  6. Belichick has never won a playoff game without Brady under center.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++

    He never won divisional title without Brady, and he never will.

  7. What does that bum Belichick know. We hear it all the time around here from Vikings sofa-GMs that Rodgers is a washed-up has been who has been overrated his entire career.

  8. The commenters on here are ridiculous. Rodger displace Favre. Brady was done. He won in Tampa because the chiefs lost their offensive line to injury and Covid right before the Super Bowl. Brady is great but he also got to a loaded team in Tampa and they beat a terrible Washington team by defense not offense. Belicheck has gotten more out of subpar players than any other coach in history could have. Pats also had multiple picks pulled by the league for BS reasons.

  9. styniing people like Elway and Kelly

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    He didn’t.

    In SB against Broncos, he allowed Elway scoring 10 points in first half. Then Giants offense scored 17 points in 3 consecutive drives in 3rd quarter and won the SB.

    In SB against Bills, his defense played less than 20 minutes and still gave Bills a chance to win the SB.

  10. touchback6 says:
    October 2, 2022 at 8:53 pm
    danceformemarionetteboy says:
    October 2, 2022 at 8:45 pm
    Belichick has never won a playoff game without Brady under center.

    512Rate This

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    He won 2 rings as a coordinator, styniing people like Elway and Kelly, while undressing Montana twice on the way to those SBs, and won a playoff game with Testaverde in 1994, likely welll before you were born.
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    Lol – the guy meant playoffs as a head coach. Nice touch slipping in the wins as a coordinator. He won with testaverde before rocks were soft. I do think belichick is a good d coordinator but a fraud as a HC and GM
    How do you like being in AFC E basement?

  11. didnthearwhat says:
    October 2, 2022 at 8:51 pm
    Really Bill? Remember that quarterback you didn’t offer a contract and tried to undercut with Jimmy G that’s still winning Super Bowls?

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    Yeah, right now he is down 21-3 in the second quarter even with his weapons back this week.

  12. all I know is the greatest Coach in history now has more losses than the dumpster fire, worst organization in sports. It was a good day

  13. danceformemarionetteboy says:
    October 2, 2022 at 8:45 pm
    Belichick has never won a playoff game without Brady under center.

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    Actually he won one with Cleveland….against the Patriots

  14. Belicheck has gotten more out of subpar players than any other coach in history could have.

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    Can he do it now without Brady? If he can’t, a third grade knows who got more out of subpar players.

    BTW, who on Pats now are potential Patriots HOF?

  15. Much respect to Belichick. He kept them in a game they had no business being close. He’s a legend. Glad we came out on top.

  16. The Pats spent their cap money on their defense and spread it around. They were smart enough to recognize that that is what is going to keep them in the game until their QB issues are solved ( usually in year 3 with a rookie). GB Oline is still a work in progress and had trouble with the Pats – and Lafleur had better figure out how to get the offense going with these rooks on the receiving corps because only can rely on Cobb and Lazard for so long. Must admit that Doubs should have ended the game – but anyway a W is a W again.

  17. Best thing I saw today in Mn was a guy with a #4 jersey…..They hate em when they play for the green and gold but love them…buy their numbered jersey when they play for the purples

  18. If I’m a Packers fan I’m concerned it took 70 minutes to beat a terrible Patriots team being led by a rookie 3rd Sting QB at home. That should have been a 30 point win. (A Patriots fan)

  19. The team with the best QB has a huge advantage. I wonder how many super bowls Bill would have won if he had Rodgers his entire career. I’ve always wondered how many he would have won if he had Montana. All the “great” coaches had a HOF QB. That’s why they won. But Belichick was able to keep it rolling longer than anyone else, so that’s special.

  20. The Pats aren’t winning, but they are getting better each week. And you can hate on Belichick all you want, but it’s starting to look like two solid draft classes in a row for anyone paying attention. On to Detroit. Hopefully, Mac’s injury isn’t as serious as initially reported. He would have been the difference today.

  21. LOL 250 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT??? No Bill, he was not. You’re nothing without Brady.

  22. Rodgers had better be too good. He’s being paid to be a difference-maker. Today he was.

  23. crowmeariver says:
    October 2, 2022 at 9:51 pm
    The Pats aren’t winning, but they are getting better each week. And you can hate on Belichick all you want, but it’s starting to look like two solid draft classes in a row for anyone paying attention. On to Detroit. Hopefully, Mac’s injury isn’t as serious as initially reported. He would have been the difference today.

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    If not for Wynn and turnovers in the first 3 games, they’re 3-1 or 4-0.

    Like I said, don’t turn it over and they are in the game. Much better than 1-3, but only they can be the ones to fix it.

    This is how they were last year. We shall see.

  24. NE fans used to make fun of other fanbases celebrating moral victories.

    True story.

  25. The team with the best QB has a huge advantage. I wonder how many super bowls Bill would have won if he had Rodgers his entire career

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    He would have ZERO, because Rodgers wouldn’t be able to score 24 or more in back to back playoff games, and Rodgers wouldn’t be able to deliver winning drive with Troy Brown as #1 receiver.

  26. njeffrey says:
    October 2, 2022 at 9:37 pm
    If I’m a Packers fan I’m concerned it took 70 minutes to beat a terrible Patriots team being led by a rookie 3rd Sting QB at home. That should have been a 30 point win. (A Patriots fan)

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    There is no way you are a Pats fan. If they were “terrible”, they get blown off the field.

    They avoided the gift turnover this week and them outplaying Baltimore last week doesn’t play out that way because of the gift turnovers.

    You people can’t keep lying as to what happens on live tv
    and not get called on it.

  27. Packers were sky high after beating Brady/Bucs in Tampa.
    They figured the next two games [Pats and Giants] were easy. They were flat. Rodgers and the running game saved them, barely.
    Romeo Doubs is talented, but his drop of a perfect pass make the game close. He will learn, one hopes….

  28. Come on Billy, Rodgers and co needed the last seconds of OT, at home, to beat your 3rd string rookie QB.

  29. As a Patriots fan I am happy with the team’s performance today.

    Should they have gone for it on 4th down a few times? Probably. But that’s just not going to happen with Belichick and not having Brady. Even with Brady there were many times they punted on 4th and short.

    The defense handled a strong running game well, and Zappe hit some quality throws.

  30. The last place patriots are a bottom dweller and their delusional fans are melting down, crying and making excuses for how terrible belichick’s team is.

  31. touchback6 says:
    October 2, 2022 at 10:05 pm
    crowmeariver says:
    October 2, 2022 at 9:51 pm
    The Pats aren’t winning, but they are getting better each week. And you can hate on Belichick all you want, but it’s starting to look like two solid draft classes in a row for anyone paying attention. On to Detroit. Hopefully, Mac’s injury isn’t as serious as initially reported. He would have been the difference today.

    30Rate This

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    If not for Wynn and turnovers in the first 3 games, they’re 3-1 or 4-0.

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    Isaiah Wynn….. another BB 1st round whiff

  32. I’m not a Pats or Green Bay fan, but I would have figured Green Bay to win that game (3rd string Pats QB, for Pete’s sake) by at least two scores. They’ve been squeaking by, and looked terrible against the Vikings. Everyone’s still raving about Rodgers, but there have been more bad throws, pressures and and sacks this year. He’s lost a step and it will only get worse.

  33. Sometimes I seriously wonder if the most prolific commenters on here are actually NFL fans? Seems like many of them are perhaps just trying to fill a sad void in their lives by constantly calling others wrong or making ridiculous attempts trying to dismiss those who achieve great things on the field or sideline. If you read enough of their comments it even becomes clear how they contradict themselves just to disagree with someone.

    That pass from Rodgers to Lazard down the stretch was amazing (and I say that as a Pats fan). Why are people mad that Belichick pointed that out?

  34. I’m not a Pats or Green Bay fan, but I would have figured Green Bay to win that game (3rd string Pats QB, for Pete’s sake) by at least two scores.
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    The Packers offense is still finding itself.

    Teams can can key on the run, they can’t afford any mistakes, and they’ve made a few the last couple weeks.

    This played out just as I though. A close, one score game.

  35. Come on Billy, Rodgers and co needed the last seconds of OT, at home, to beat your 3rd string rookie QB.

    Your lack of self awareness is amazing considering MN barely won against a worse team earlier this morning who was starting a backup QB, back up wide receivers and the backup running back….and they did so on the last play of the game. A field goal. You’re really on top of it.

  36. touchback6 says:
    October 2, 2022 at 10:05 pm
    crowmeariver says:
    October 2, 2022 at 9:51 pm
    The Pats aren’t winning, but they are getting better each week. And you can hate on Belichick all you want, but it’s starting to look like two solid draft classes in a row for anyone paying attention. On to Detroit. Hopefully, Mac’s injury isn’t as serious as initially reported. He would have been the difference today.

    30Rate This

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    If not for Wynn and turnovers in the first 3 games, they’re 3-1 or 4-0.
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    Half the league could say something similar.

  37. If he’d ever praised Brady like that after a game, they’d still be working together. I get the feeling Belichick praised Rodgers so effusively to get under Brady’s skin.

  38. charliecharger says:
    October 2, 2022 at 9:50 pm
    The team with the best QB has a huge advantage. I wonder how many super bowls Bill would have won if he had Rodgers his entire career. I’ve always wondered how many he would have won if he had Montana. All the “great” coaches had a HOF QB. That’s why they won. But Belichick was able to keep it rolling longer than anyone else, so that’s special.
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    Don’t pat belichick too much. Gibbs won 3 without any great ones. Great coaches figure it out if they need to

  39. billsrthefuture says:
    October 2, 2022 at 10:07 pm
    NE fans used to make fun of other fanbases celebrating moral victories.

    True story.
    *****************************************

    Yeah, like hanging banners or being 7-33 since 2002? I probably left one or two out there, but you get the point. No lead is safe.

  40. 1-3…. That a pretty deep hole to try & dig yourself out of… Pats played pretty good today, especially with a 3rd string rookie QB leading the team for 3+ quarters….congratulations to GB, a hard fought game that they pulled out…. Looking forward to watching Bill continue to shape & form the team, & hopefully, while the season is still young be able to right the ship & get the team to 500 over the next 3 games & just continue to build from there!!! It’s a long season & the Pats usually start to play better & better as the season goes on…..
    Far from pushing the panic button at this stage!!
    Go Pats!!!

  41. “I think winning is sustainable, for sure,” Rodgers said. “I think we’re going to have to play a little bit better against starting quarterbacks and if our defense isn’t playing as well as they can

    Pointing fingers in Green. Bay

  42. Belichick is by far the best HC of his era. He is what Bill Walsh was during the 80s, and what Shula Madden Landry Knoll were in the 70s, and Lomnbardi in the 60s.

  43. I actually thought Rogers was “inaccurate” on many deep throws in the majority of the game, just not on the same page with his receivers at times especially early on. But in the end, he is one of the great QB’s in the game and if you give him enough time on the field he often ends up making some big throws.

    I am actually going to give Matt Patricia is due here. He called a hell of a game after losing Hoyer and having a rookie QB come in. The protection adjustment worked and he eased Zappe in well. Props to the rookie for coming in and giving his team a chance. Tough loss, but well fought. Zappe over Hoyer all day …. and if Mac fails it looks like there is a fallback plan

  44. tigerlilac says:
    October 2, 2022 at 11:20 pm
    Belichick and Bledsoe beat the Steelers in the AFCCG in Pittsburgh in 2001 season.

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    Brady started that game…..Bledsoe only came in when Brady got injured

  45. tack44 says:
    October 2, 2022 at 10:15 pm
    Packers were sky high after beating Brady/Bucs in Tampa.
    They figured the next two games [Pats and Giants] were easy. They were flat. Rodgers and the running game saved them, barely.
    Romeo Doubs is talented, but his drop of a perfect pass make the game close. He will learn, one hopes….

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    Nope. BB is incredible. Rodgers had 44 yds passing in thr first half and an 11 rating.

    If Calais Campbell wasn’t dirty and Mac plays, NE wins it going away.

    Kudos to Zappe for doing a good job.

  46. He would have ZERO, because Rodgers wouldn’t be able to score 24 or more in back to back playoff games, and Rodgers wouldn’t be able to deliver winning drive with Troy Brown as #1 receiver.
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    There is a one point per game difference between Rodgers and Brady in their Playoff careers.

  47. “They avoided the gift turnover this week and them outplaying Baltimore last week doesn’t play out that way because of the gift turnovers.”

    That’s why they keep losing every week right? Because they’re better than and outplay the teams beating them?? Hahahaha what a clown.

  48. If I’m a Packers fan I’m concerned it took 70 minutes to beat a terrible Patriots team being led by a rookie 3rd Sting QB at home. That should have been a 30 point win.
    ============

    If you think the Packers should have won this game by 4 scores, you haven’t been paying attention.

    And how many times has Belichick lost by 4 scores? I bet they can be counted on 1 hand.

  49. billshistorian says:
    October 3, 2022 at 12:08 am
    Pro tip: when you have the greatest QB of all time, don’t force him out.
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    Bill didn’t force the greatest out. That’s impossible because Joe Montana retired years ago.

  50. nyctraffic says:
    October 3, 2022 at 1:04 am
    If he’d ever praised Brady like that after a game, they’d still be working together. I get the feeling Belichick praised Rodgers so effusively to get under Brady’s skin.


    If Tommy needed reassurance from his coach then he’s even more of a weakling than I thought! Lololol. lol. lol. lolololol

  51. And how many times has Belichick lost by 4 scores? I bet they can be counted on 1 hand.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++

    What was in your mind when Pats led 24-17 in 4th quarter? did you have faith in Belichick’s defense to hold the lead?

  52. toon2388 says:
    October 3, 2022 at 3:11 am
    Belichick is by far the best HC of his era. He is what Bill Walsh was during the 80s, and what Shula Madden Landry Knoll were in the 70s, and Lomnbardi in the 60s.

    —–
    Gibbs in the 80’s too.

    I’m not ready to say Bill is the GOAT coach, I think there are too many arguments against it to say for sure but he’s at least definitely on the top tier with those other guys. Patriots are lucky to have him for this long.

  53. bobhk says:
    October 3, 2022 at 1:09 am
    charliecharger says:
    October 2, 2022 at 9:50 pm
    The team with the best QB has a huge advantage. I wonder how many super bowls Bill would have won if he had Rodgers his entire career. I’ve always wondered how many he would have won if he had Montana. All the “great” coaches had a HOF QB. That’s why they won. But Belichick was able to keep it rolling longer than anyone else, so that’s special.
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    Don’t pat belichick too much. Gibbs won 3 without any great ones. Great coaches figure it out if they need to


    That’s why Gibbs is so underrated when were’ talking about who is the greatest coach. Gibbs literally won with anyone.

    But he’s an exception. Most coaches don’t win titles without great QB’s. Walsh didn’t. Noll didn’t. Reid is in the conversation and he only won with Mahomes. Bill has won titles as a HC with just Brady. Shula for some reason won with Griese but not with Marino.

  54. What was in your mind when Pats led 24-17 in 4th quarter? did you have faith in Belichick’s defense to hold the lead?
    ==========

    Over 10:00 to go.. Aaron Rodgers.. at home.. Overtime was the worst case scenario, in my mind.

    PLENTY of Belichicks defenses I’ve seen over the years would have held that lead. Regardless of who was playing QB, or where the game was played. Especially against this anemic Packers offense.

  55. Over 10:00 to go.. Aaron Rodgers.. at home.. Overtime was the worst case scenario, in my mind.

    PLENTY of Belichicks defenses I’ve seen over the years would have held that lead

    +++++++++++++++++++++

    Ya, like against Jake Delhomme in SB, right? like against FitzMagic?, right? like against Eli Manning, right?

    Ya, Rodgers is great, but you should have faith in the “greatest defensive mind”, shouldn’t you? Not only that, his defense almost allowed Rodgers scoring 2 TDs, and you still brag what a “great defensive mind” he has had?

  56. Gibbs coached in the pre Cap Era. Great coach, but there was no cheating commissioner then either.

  57. Funny how some people say Belichick was nothing without Brady, then point out Joe Gibbs as an example who won without HoF QBs — proving that QBs aren’t solely responsible for winning. Do they even realize how they keep contradicting themselves?

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