Patriots' Belichick refuses to say why Butler was benched in Super Bowl

Isaac Cain
February 6, 2018

"I feel for [Butler]".

Belichick should not get a pass this week for playing former Super Bowl hero Malcolm Butler a total of zero snaps on defense in the Patriots' Super Bowl loss to the Eagles.

It was all set up for Brady to produce another dramatic, winning drive - the ball in his hands, 2:21 remaining - but then it all came crashing down.

When asked if he at any point considered putting Butler in, Belichick said curtly, "I just covered that".

"I ain't got nothing to say", Butler told reporters in the locker room after the game, per's Kevin Patra.

On his way to the team bus, Butler told ESPN: "They gave up on me".

"I respect Malcolm's competitiveness and I'm sure he felt he could've helped", Belichick said Monday.

"You know it, I know it, the country knows it - and most importantly, the Patriots themselves know it - that keeping Malcolm Butler on the bench cost them Super Bowl LII", Curran writes.

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Former Patriots corner Brandon Browner sounded off on Instagram in a series of posts ripping the Patriots and Bill Belichick, who he says "lost the game for us tonight" by benching Butler. "I don't know. But I could have changed that game". Solder was drafted by the Patriots in the first round of the 2011 draft out of the University of Colorado, and the 29-year-old started every game for New England this season. Eric Rowe, who started for Butler, was routinely torched.

They didn't just get to the Super Bowl.

Seven plays later, Foles found Ertz again for a touchdown that put the Eagles up for the good.

After the game, coach Bill Belichick and defensive coordinator Matt Patricia both dodged questions about Butler, saying essentially that they did what they felt gave the team the best chance to win.

'It is not often you go to the Super Bowl.

Belichick spoke to reporters again Monday and was asked to give a reason as to why Butler Saturday. The illness prompted him to arrive in Minnesota for the game a day after his teammates, and he missed media night on Monday.

The vehicle typically goes to the MVP, but Brady knew how big Butler's game saving interception was and offered it to the now 27-year-old Corner.

Due to the odd circumstances surrounding Butler's absence during the Super Bowl the Texans will need to tread lightly. "I'm just anxious about the Eagles", he told's Ian Rapoport before Sunday's big game. During the Pink sung National Anthem, Butler was seen sobbing on the sideline perhaps because he had just found out he was benched.

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