Malcolm Butler: Patriots 'gave up on me' in Super Bowl

06 February, 2018, 15:05 | Author: Angelina Schmidt
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There weren't a lot of plays that stick out from that game as bad plays by Butler, although outsiders can't always tell when a player blows an assignment.

Butler, 27, who has appeared in three Super Bowls, played more than 97 percent of defensive snaps during the regular season, the most of any New England player. "It wasn't official until kickoff". You feel me? I can't rock with that.

The Patriots lost a heartbreaking decision to the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LII, and there's plenty of fallout to cover, including Bill Belichick's decision to bench Malcolm Butler and what happens next.

"They gave up on me", Butler said after the game. "F-".

"I was just doing my job supporting my teammates". I have nothing but great things to say about the organization.

Now one day after the Patriots' Super Bowl loss, we are not much closer to learning the details behind Belichick's unusual coaching decision.

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One former Patriots player laid the blame for the loss squarely on Belichick for overthinking. Belichick, frankly, is too smart to make such an incredibly stupid decision. "In the end, we have to make the decisions that we feel are best for the football team, and that's what we did, that's what I did".

If you're going to go down, you may as well at least go down with your best players on the field.

Browner doubled down in a subsequent post, saying "a locker room was divided pregame".

Butler now becomes an unrestricted free agent but he was not ready to speculate on his future. "Your spirit was all over that game tonight". Aside from a hiccup in the first quarter, Philadelphia didn't let the Patriots back into the game. I don't know. But I could have changed that game.

The decision to not play Butler came down to matchups, according to defensive coordinator Matt Patricia. Browner said Belichick went on a "power trip".

Patriots personnel decision was to put a safety (Chung, Richards) at the nickel to help stop the run and also cover the slot (Agholor).

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"No, that wasn't the plan", Rowe said.

"I have high standards, I didn't meet my goals", Butler said. "I don't know. That's how the game goes sometimes".

Speaking on a conference call the day after the Patriots blew their chance at a sixth National Football League title with a 41-33 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, Belichick said "there are a lot of things that go into that".

Why was Malcolm Butler benched for Super Bowl 52?

"I appreciate the question, but it would be a much longer discussion", Belichick said. "That's tough. He's a hell of a player". "I'm sure the players felt the same way". I could have changed that game, though. "He wants to be out there, so I'm not surprised he was emotional".

Butler saw some playing time on special teams, but that was the extent of his playing time as Stephon Gilmore, Eric Rowe and Johnson Bademosi saw almost all the playing time at corner for the Patriots.

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