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Pats cornerback Butler benched for Super Bowl

06 February, 2018, 14:50 | Author: Rachael Silva
  • New England Patriots Malcolm Butler breaks up a pass to New York Jets Robby Anderson during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday Oct. 15 2017 in East Rutherford N.J

"F--. It is what it is".

He was replaced on Sunday by Eric Rowe, and Butler watched on feeling helpless as the Eagles ran up 538 yards. "We don't talk - it's a coach's decision", Devin McCourty responded when he was asked about the situation with Butler.

"They gave up on me", Butler told ESPN after the game. Feel me. That dude has started every game for that team. They didn't feel comfortable.

Ryan, I might reframe the context of the question because Schiano wouldn't have to interview for a job with the Patriots.

"I ain't got nothing to say", Butler replied.

"They love the way I fight", Butler said.

Three years ago in Arizona, dozens of cameramen sprinted through the confetti to grab a shot of the guy in the white No. 21 jersey, the guy who had just snapped the Patriots' nine-year Super Bowl drought by delivering the single greatest play in the game's history. I don't know what it was.

And both Pederson and Foles must have been thrilled when the Patriots defense came on to the field with their best cornerback Malcolm Butler, the hero of their win in Super Bowl XLIX victory over the Seattle Seahawks, not part of it.


Butler is set to hit the free agent market in March, and his benching in Super Bowl 52 likely spelled the end of a remarkable four-year tenure in New England.

Matt Patricia provided an X's and O's explanation for Butller's benching.

"He not the first to get caught with weed, curfew also meant we are not allowed to have guest especially women". So it kind of turned out that way, and the game, with the way it went and some of the situations that came up, that was just kind of the way it went. Since he became a starter, Butler never saw fewer than 75.4 percent of defensive snaps in a game. Everybody works hard to play this game. "I'm sure everyone is pretty exhausted after a long year, that's football".

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick defended his decision to reporters after the game, but on Monday elaborated that it was a more complicated issue. "In the end, the final decision is what I said it was". While Lattimore has played exceptionally well in his rookie season, adding Butler would only make that defense better.

At the time, Butler was a little-known undrafted rookie. "He wants to be out there, so I'm not surprised he was emotional".

Also consider Jeffery couldn't catch a pass on three targets against Gilmore, who had two pass breakups in the matchup, but he beat Rowe and safety Patrick Chung three times for 73 yards and a touchdown.

There have been plenty of rumors circulating as to why Butler was benched after starting all year for the Patriots.

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