New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick sent a clear message to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday — though it may not have been the best idea.

In a very un-Belichick-like move, the Patriots head coach opted to punt twice in fourth-and-manageable situations close to field goal range.

The message is clear — Belichick doesn’t respect Pittsburgh’s offense.

If you’ve watched the Patriots under Belichick much over the years, you know he absolutely loves to go for it in fourth and short situations (sometimes fourth and long, too).

The fact that he didn’t do that against the Steelers tells us that he doesn’t think much about Pittsburgh’s offense.

Is that a smart move?

Well, the Steelers only six points through the first three quarters, so it’s understandable why Belichick feels that way.

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