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Bill Belichick has interesting take on Aaron Rodgers-Tom Brady debate

Ryan Hannable
October 31, 2018 - 3:47 pm
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FOXBORO -- One of the bigger storylines going into Sunday night's Patriots-Packers game is Tom Brady facing Aaron Rodgers for just the second time as starters in their careers.

This has fueled media pundits debating who is better -- Brady or Rodgers?

Speaking Wednesday at Gillette Stadium, Bill Belichick was asked his thoughts on the question, but gave an interesting answer considering he's never coached against Brady.

"Well, I've never played against Tom Brady," he said. "So I'm glad he's our quarterback. He's a great quarterback. He's won a lot of games for us and hopefully he'll win a lot more and we've won a lot of games because of him, but I've never played against Tom Brady so it's a different context. I'd say playing against Aaron Rodgers is very, very difficult. He's as good as anybody that I’ve faced and we've faced a lot of good ones through the years. That's not to take anything away from anybody else. I'm just saying the guy is a great player.

"He can do everything that a quarterback needs to do consistently. He does it well. He throws a lot of touchdowns. He doesn’t throw very many interceptions. The receivers make a ton of yards after he gets them the ball, and a big part of that is him getting them the ball in space, on the run, so that they can continue to gain positive yards after the catch. He doesn’t make them work for the ball. He gets out of some plays that very few guys can get out of. He's got tremendous production down the field. Once again, he leads the league in touchdowns-to-interceptions. He leads the league in big plays. He's thrown however many long passes to however many different receivers. It's not all one guy. He's a great player."

Sunday night will also be just the second time Belichick has ever coached against Rodgers as a starter.

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