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Watch: Mic’d up Bill Belichick shades Aaron Rodgers during Pats win

Bill Belichick was caught on camera seemingly throwing some serious shade in Aaron Rodgers’ direction during the New England Patriots’ 31-17 victory over the Green Bay Packers on “Sunday Night Football.”

Belichick was mic’d up for the game and footage of his coaching up the Patriots defense was aired during Tuesday night’s edition of Showtime’s “Inside the NFL.”

“The pass rush is what we want,” Belichick told Pats players on the sideline. “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, all right? 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. Let’s stay with that rush now.”

The case can be made that Belichick was praising his players more than he was taking a shot at Rodgers, who posted a pedestrian stat line — at least for him — in the loss, completing 24-for-43 passes for 259 yards and two touchdowns. Further, it’s not like Belichick does not respect Rodgers, as the Pats coach did heap praise upon the Packers signal-caller in the week leading up to Sunday’s showdown.

Still, it’s fascinating to see the normally stoic, tight-lipped and curmudgeonly Belichick get a little pumped up on the sideline. It is obvious that Belichick is much more in his element in said environment than, say, when he has to interact with the dreaded media while standing behind a podium.