Malcolm Butler denies breaking curfew, “ridiculous activities”

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Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler responded to a report that a curfew violation was involved in the team’s decision to bench him for Super Bowl LII.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reported it was part of a “perfect storm” of issues including an early-week illness and a poor week of practice. Butler took issue with the curfew portion of that and any other talk of off-field misbehavior in a lengthy statement posted to his Twitter account on Tuesday, however.

“During my four-year career with [the] Patriots I have always given everything I have to play at a high level, and would never do anything to hurt my teams’ chances of winning a game, including this year’s Super Bowl where I visited with my family every night. During Super Bowl week I never attended any concert, missed curfew, or participated [in] any of the ridiculous activities being reported. They are not only false, but hurtful, to me and my family.”

Butler also apologized for cursing in comments to a reporter after the game and otherwise sounded like he was saying farewell to the Patriots. He thanked Robert Kraft, the Kraft family and Patriots coaches for the opportunity to play for the team and thanked his teammates for helping him experience a lot of winning before turning to what’s next.

“Although I wish I could have contributed more to help my team win, I have to get ready for the next opportunity. Moving forward I will do what I have always done to work hard, and prepare for next season to be the best I can be on and off the field.”

Butler is set for unrestricted free agency in March after wrapping up his fourth NFL season on the bench against the Eagles.

116 responses to “Malcolm Butler denies breaking curfew, “ridiculous activities”

  1. if Rapoport says it, you can be assured that it’s messaging from the team/league to put their slant on it.

    This is Belichick’s way of trying to cover up for his stupid, prideful decision.

    Once Butler clears Boston airspace, the real story will come out.

  2. Tom Brady, it is reported, “liked” this post on his Instagram account.

    Bill? Hello? Can you speak into the mic? I didn’t catch your reply….

    …tbd….

  3. Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reported it was part of a “perfect storm” of issues including an early-week illness and a poor week of practice. Butler took issue with the curfew portion of that and any other talk of off-field misbehavior in a lengthy statement posted to his Twitter account on Tuesday, however.

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    leaving out the tidbit about a Rick Ross concert he supposedly attended. Poor reporting on Ian’s part.

  4. I don’t care what Butler did. Bill finally crossed a line by benching our best tackling corner before the Super Bowl in favor of Bademosi/Richards. Bill’s ego and rigidness finally reached critical mass, and it probably the Patriots the Super Bowl.

  5. Thank Malcolm for great effort, tenacious competition and that amazing, unforgettable play against Seattle. Thanks Bill, for guiding and building this historical dynasty.
    In Bill We Trust. Onto 2018

  6. vikings2102 says:
    Upgrade in Minnesota behind Rhodes and Waynes. #JustSayin
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    Playing for the Vikings is definitely not an upgrade. Justsayin….

  7. Rob Ninkovich, Dorsett, Browner, Hightower, Brady… and even Blount… “liked” Malcolm Butler’s post.

    I’m sure that’s just a coincidence.

  8. Butler should take it out on his buddy Browner who was the one spreading the “ rumor” while defending him. BB and any Patriot player did not say anything about the “ rumor”.

  9. We have no idea what went down. I’ll put my stock in the coach who’s delivered 5 Lombardis so far. If you follow the Pats, he has always laid down his law, not sure why people are shocked here, other than it was done at the Super Bowl.

    Reports starting to bubble about a really bad practice week, yelling and arguing with the coaches, matchup decisions not favoring Butler, etc. Its not like he’s been all world this year, so I won’t be completely shocked if this is all due to a pure football decision that his play wasn’t going to be as good as Rowe in Belichick’s eyes.

  10. Didn’t care which team won Sunday, but with the way that game went you only had to stop one of those 3rd and longs and whoever did that would have won. Hard to believe that Butler couldn’t have at least broke up ONE of those passes or tackled ONCE behind the first-down lines…and it cost them #6.

  11. If he’d missed a curfew or broken any other rules he’d have been inactive for the game. They were trying to send a message by having him be active but refusing to play him. Except it blew up in their faces as they gave up 41 points and a million yards.

  12. Iggles 52 New England 28
    Iggles 41 New England 33
    Pretty dang close if I must say myself !

  13. BB totally blew the game by benching Butler. Even in his down year, he was slightly better than Gilmore and miles better than Bademosi and the other scrub out there.

    Lying and saying he didn’t fit packages is like not having Randy Moss on the field because some packages have more emphasis on slot production. And even if that nonsense was believable, that would make sense for a couple plays here or a drive there as you mess with coverages to see what works.

    As a Patriots fan, this should cost BB his job. Any coach that reaches those levels of tyranny have become way more powerful than the position should allow. Too bad it will take Kraft to can him as he’s absorbed the GM position over the years.

    Congrats to the Eagles but if Butler is on the field the entire game, at least one blown tackle is made, one pass is deflected(or picked), one receiver is jammed too hard to get off the line and subsequent catch prevented. It probably turns a TD into nothing somewhere in the game or at worst, turns a TD into 3 instead. Now Brady has a totally different mindset in the last 5 mins of the 4th.

    I’ll say again, as a Patriots fan we DEMAND perfection with TB12 under center and our coach cost us a Super Bowl! Time to move on to someone else.

  14. {That statement doesn’t sound at all like it was written by an agent trying to keep his client’s free agent price from plummeting.}

    ***please note the sarcasm brackets.

  15. Belichick is evil if he allowed all those rumors to fester and not defend the kids character…if this was solely a football decision he would have, this seems more personal and BB is still sour how Malcolm handled the contract situation last summer…karma has a way of makes things equal….

  16. Patriots lost without him. They would have lost with him. What’s the big deal? Quit whining. Go Eagles!

  17. If the reports of a divided locker room are true, teammates “liking” social media posts backing Butler, this could be a huge blow to Belichick. I just cannot believe he would hurt his team’s chances of winning the Super Bowl for some petty issue. Butler is not the greatest, but he was definitely a better option than Bademosi on a slot receiver. Baffling.

  18. There was a melt down all right . Maybe Bill was like dad after a long road trip and he just snapped.

  19. if he ACTUALLY showed up to the hotel drunk and high on thursday as reported, he is an idiot. However, Bill sticks to his guns. This time…..im a little bewildered.

  20. Perhaps league owners decided to punish NE after discovering their stooge in the league replay office throwing games their way all season. Ordering NE to sit Butler in the SB seems like a way to handle matters privately but in a meaningful way.

  21. mrkbuilders says:
    February 6, 2018 at 4:48 pm
    BB totally blew the game by benching Butler. Even in his down year, he was slightly better than Gilmore
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    If by slightly better you really mean nowhere near as good then you would be correct.

  22. The lack of talent on the Pats defense wouldn’t have changed a ton more with Butler. Good not great CB that will most definitely get over paid this off season. Gilmore outplayed him all year long. That should tell you all you need to know.

  23. With TB12 liking the post Butler made it sure does look like there might be a power struggle inside the Patriots.

    It seems BB and Tommy along with other Pats players might no longer be on the same page. It makes you wonder if at least some of the reports of some tension there might be just the least bit true. Your starting QB shouldn’t be taking sides against the coach.

  24. Even Napoleon got too bigg for his britches. As the Bible say, “prode commeth before a fall”. So it may have happened to Bill

  25. Good thing Patricia had his back. On the other hand I guess its hard to stand up to Darth Vader.

  26. I see his agent explained to him that he needed to clean that up and fast. That is all his statement was. I am sorry. I am no BB fan (Eagles fan here) but I can’t see him doing something like that without a very good reason.

  27. Belichick is a great coach and also a real jerk.

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    That’s not what you have been saying all season before they choked up a hair ball in the SB…..can you say pathetic hypocrite?

  28. Love the thumbs downs on my post that Butler wouldn’t be a CB1 on over half the teams in this league.

    Apparently the Pats 7 time Super Bowl winning coach agrees with me. Otherwise he wouldn’t have benched this game changer and future HOFer. Butler Island!

    Yes I’m being sarcastic.

  29. There just has to be more to the story here. There’s no way BB wouldn’t play him the way things were going if the decision to sit him was purely based on football. Who knows whether or not he would have made a difference, but I’d sleep better seeing him miss a tackle than Jordan Richards! Regardless, congrats to the Eagles. As disappointing as it is to lose in the SB, I am still happy for them and their fans.

  30. Bill’s Post Game Presser after defending Butler benching

    It’s easy to grin
    when your ship comes in
    and you’ve got the stock market beat.
    But the man worthwhile
    is the man who can smile
    when his shorts are too tight in the seat…..

    …..sees speeding yacht

  31. It’s surreal to see Patriots fans calling for Belichick to be fired. Do they actually think they can do better? This guy has built a consistently winning team that has delivered FIVE Superbowl wins in the salary cap era; A feat that will likely never be matched. As a Cowboys fan, I’d trade Jason Garrett for Bill Belichick in a second but our owner is a foolish, narcissist control freak. Patriots fans calling for a new coach need to take a deep breath and look at the big picture as you’re going to miss him when he’s gone.

  32. Bill is a power tripping grumpy old fool. It cost them the superbowl. Stupid emotional bill and his ego cost 53 players a superbowl.

  33. As usual, I think it is a bit of both. PFF ranks Butler at 51st in CB play. And the Pats D is ranked 32st on Football Outsiders. So who cares if he played or not or why. I am guessing that Bill & Kraft are eating a bit of humble pie today as if you have one of the worst defenses in the NFL, even Brady can’t save you. Along with their top receivers being knocked out at the start of the game. Add a couple of recievers for depth & improve the D and they will be back next year. How rare is it for a coach to send a message by benching a player even a starter. But to say Butler would have won the game for them is a bit of a stretch.

  34. I also love seeing the Pats fans turn on their 7 time Super Bowl winning Coach because he apparently “cost Tommy a ring”.

    Is that who you all think the Pats are? All about good ol’ Tommy getting a chance to pad his stats and HOF resume? Is that more important to you than the rest of the team?

    I didn’t realize it was the New England Brady’s and not the New England Patriots.

  35. Spare me with this BEllicheck’s law. Randy Moss was accused of kidnapping and assault and dude still played. If anything, He felt his ego/trust in his scheme’s afforded him a little retribution on Butler for what he tried to pull last off-season, which is get paid for being a really good defense player they had play 98% of the defensive snaps this year and every snap of the previous 2 playoff games. He aint this consistent applier of his law, it’s arbitrary.

  36. Bill’s strictness has probably helped win more than it has lost the Patriots. I love how their fans are now ranting non-stop about him, every other team has to deal with much worse.
    I don’t understand how you can be so mad at a coach that’s taken the team to 8 SBs.

    Error of judgement or not, Belichick’s ways have given you more in his tenure than anyone else.

  37. None of this makes any sense. Why did he play a special teams snap, when he hadn’t played on special teams since 2015?

    If it’s disciplinary, his one snap is a lot weirder than zero snaps would have been.

    If it’s not disciplinary, and he’s healthy enough for that one snap so it’s not health, why not at least give him a try in a game where the Eagles converted 10/16 on third down and was toying with you–your defense was stinking out the joint, why not make and adjustment and try the guy?

    It doesn’t make sense, whatever the reason.

  38. Eh, doesn’t move for me much…..yet. Guy is heading to FA and a payday, simply smart to get out ahead of this now as earlier mentioned.

    Butler played 98% of defensive snaps for the season
    Butler played 100% defensive snaps in two playoff games
    Butler played 0% defensive snaps in Super Bowl.

    I find it hard to believe nothing happened and a bad week of practice is the reason for this. In no way we Bademosi and Rowe better options. Bill isn’t an idiot. And if that WAS his plan, that’s butler wasn’t a good matchup, hen why not adjust after halftime when the plan clearly wasn’t working.

    The truth lies somewhere in between is my guess. It will come out; eventually.

  39. killitandeatit says:
    February 6, 2018 at 4:55 pm
    “Hey Malcolm: It’s Jimmy G. and John Lynch on line one ! “

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    8 mil per for a fading cb who freelances for ego? you can have him.

    this has apparently been a long time coming…butler never got over the fact he was not a #1 cb and better in zone than man.

    thanks, malcom but your behavior during sb week was atrocious and very selfish

    not patriot material anymore

    also, would not have made a difference

  40. Nofoolnodrool says:
    February 6, 2018 at 5:13 pm
    Belichick is a great coach and also a real jerk.

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    That’s not what you have been saying all season before they choked up a hair ball in the SB…..can you say pathetic hypocrite?

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    Choked up a hairball? They were right in that game. One play either way…put the keyboard away and go back to moms basement.

  41. bfallona says:
    February 6, 2018 at 5:22 pm
    As usual, I think it is a bit of both. PFF ranks Butler at 51st in CB play. And the Pats D is ranked 32st on Football Outsiders. So who cares if he played or not or why. I am guessing that Bill & Kraft are eating a bit of humble pie today as if you have one of the worst defenses in the NFL, even Brady can’t save you. Along with their top receivers being knocked out at the start of the game. Add a couple of recievers for depth & improve the D and they will be back next year. How rare is it for a coach to send a message by benching a player even a starter. But to say Butler would have won the game for them is a bit of a stretch.

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    it was a top red zone d and led the nfl in points allowed in the nfl since oct 1.

    no one cards about yards allowed in this era unless your iq is low

    philly’s d was torched for worse. their qb just did better in terms of scoring tds than brady

    pats red zone offense was a problem all year

    brady fumbled on the last drive with white wide open, but brady was locked on gronk who was of course covered

    shame

  42. vikings2102 says:
    February 6, 2018 at 4:32 pm

    Upgrade in Minnesota behind Rhodes and Waynes. #JustSayin
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    Behind Rhodes but, in front of Waves(as the receiver goes by)

  43. dimi1919 says:
    February 6, 2018 at 5:26 pm
    Wow, you’d think we’d be talking about Deion sanders or rod Woodson.

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    Yeah no kidding. Belichick makes a football decision regarding an above average at best corner and it’s this huge crime. LOL

  44. Might be true that Butler couldn’t start on a lot of teams maybe so. But he was on the field this season for this coach 98% of the time. Big part of getting the team to this game. Telling him 30 seconds before kick off your out is BS.

  45. Would the eagles have scored 41 if Butler played? No. Probably 34, Butler would have been worth -7. Can’t understand the devotion BB has with the fans. He cost you guys the SB, I’d be pissed.

  46. TheTruth says:
    February 6, 2018 at 5:30 pm
    Nofoolnodrool says:
    February 6, 2018 at 5:13 pm
    Belichick is a great coach and also a real jerk.

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    That’s not what you have been saying all season before they choked up a hair ball in the SB…..can you say pathetic hypocrite?

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    Choked up a hairball? They were right in that game. One play either way…put the keyboard away and go back to moms basement.

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    Yeah and we can play the “one play away” game for the Seahawks and Falcons too and the Pats are that close to having won zero rings since the Spygate scandal.

    I don’t think the “if if if” game is a good one for Pat fan to play,

  47. Eric Rowe will most likely not start for the New England Patriots next season. Malcolm Butler, if his statement is true regarding an early week illness, should have been given the opportunity to play. Belichick will have trouble recruiting free agents for next season given the way he treated Butler. Moving forward the Super Bowl is lost but the lasting effect of benching Butler could be free agents not wanting to deal with Belichick. Free agents do not come to New England to get more money. They come for a chance at the Super Bowl but if Malcolm Butler’s statement is accurate players may not look at the Patriots in such high regard.

  48. Patriot players are schooled by belicheat to bold face lie to the cameras at all times so why would anyone believe this tool? Karma once again.

  49. In Bill we trust

    I defer to my coach

    Butler is a nice little player. Who had a good year last year, but was beaten often this season. Not just my view, but fact Gilmore was rank 28th and Butler 42nd according to the bleacher repot.

    This was the overall ranking input. read this before you make your final decision about the Coach who holds 7 rings.

    The New England Patriots flirted with trading Butler prior to his contract season, and they may regret not capitalizing on his value considering he had a down year. Butler is a tough-nosed, physical corner who has to win early at the line of scrimmage, or else, with his average speed (4.62 40-yard dash) and route-recognition skills, he struggles to catch up.

    He’s a scheme-versatile player and showed improved zone instincts, and his ability to slide into the slot is a bonus. Overall, he’s not consistent enough to be viewed as more than a role player, though.

    Again In Bill we trust.

  50. Move on. What’s done is done. You can speculate all you want, and if you don’t like the Patriots, this is a nice gift for you. This is a great opportunity to give a cheap shot to Bill Belichick. I know we all love to build up heroes, then knock them down. Why do we do that? Heck, I wanted to see the Pats lose too, but I’m just giving credit to Nick Foles and Howie Roseman. They went out and won the super bowl. It really doesn’t make me feel any smarter by taking a shot at the big guy. The dude knows more about football than all of us put together.

  51. This is sort of like the game CLUE. I think the Butler did it, in the club, after curfew, smoking weed.

  52. The last play of the game was terrible. Hogan was assaulted by #27 on the 36 yard line and then Hogan was pushed again by number 27 when Hogan got to the 1 yard line. Would have been nice for the officials to do their job and not let those obvious penalties slide. If it was basketball those would have been an intentional fouls. It would have been nice to see a 2nd hail mary attempt from 5 yards closer.

  53. Belichick is the greatest coach in NFL history, he doesn’t bend rules for anybody. What’s the diff if Butler had a sore hamstring or missed curfew, he would not have played.

  54. thermanmerman99 says:
    February 6, 2018 at 5:43 pm

    Patriot players are schooled by belicheat to bold face lie to the cameras at all times so why would anyone believe this tool? Karma once again.

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    Karma only happens to your Dolphins…that’s why they haven’t won anything since 1972. Based on the name calling…it’s obvious that you missed seeing that game by 3 decades.

  55. Illness and then poor practice play alone are valid reasons. If the guy was still sluggish from the illness and the pre game warm up showed he still wasnt up to speed it can be visibly obvious that he is a lesser option than even the guys they put out there. A lot of comments here making declarations without actually knowing those details. It might be the commenters acting on their egos more than Belichick. Its not like he was screaming down the field on special teams plays either. If a guy is still weak from ilness that thats that. I know thats not as juicy or exciting a story but nit everything has to be a drama.

  56. thermanmerman99 says:

    February 6, 2018 at 5:43 pm
    Patriot players are schooled by belicheat to bold face lie to the cameras at all times so why would anyone believe this tool? Karma once again.

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    Patriot haters could use some school.

    A good place to start would be kindergarten…..then in 8 years it will be time to learn that 7th grade science which will make patriot haters finally understand how they were duped into believing the “cheat” nonsense.

  57. Let’s play the if, if, if game. If Eli doesn’t miraculously scramble with 2 tacklers in his face and 2 lineman holding Patriot players, throw a prayer to some guy named Tyree who falls squeezing the ball off the top of his helmet in the luckiest play in super bowl history …then the Patriots have another Super Bowl. If Wes Welker doesn’t drop a wide open pass late in 4th quarter against the Giants the Patriots win another Super Bowl. The Ifs go both ways.

  58. I know this is far fetched but I can’t help but wonder.If Butler is telling the truth , why won’t he sue for defamation???.. That way Malcolm would never have to play another down in the NFL. He’d be generationally financially set for life..!!

  59. thermanmerman99 says:
    February 6, 2018 at 5:43 pm

    Patriot players are schooled by belicheat to bold face lie to the cameras at all times so why would anyone believe this tool? Karma once again.
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    Karma only happens to your Dolphins…that’s why they haven’t won anything since 1972. Based on the name calling…it’s obvious that you missed seeing that game by 4 decades.

  60. williamshatnerstoupee says:
    February 6, 2018 at 6:18 pm
    I am shocked that the cowardly tylaw showed himself.
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    Leave him alone. Hes all ours and you cant have him.

  61. heymister24 says:
    February 6, 2018 at 6:12 pm
    Peeps should be outraged over the blown ‘hail mary’ no call by the incompetent refs.

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    What no call?

    Lets not go there. Hey, a team beat us. It happens. Kudos to them. Its not like we dont get plenty of this action every year so lets just be thankful for what we have and what its brought us. On to next year.

  62. struckgold49er says:
    February 6, 2018 at 6:25 pm
    I know this is far fetched but I can’t help but wonder.If Butler is telling the truth , why won’t he sue for defamation???.. That way Malcolm would never have to play another down in the NFL. He’d be generationally financially set for life..!!

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    Because its those unnamed sources we always hear about. Chatty as they are, they can’t be sued.

  63. If Butler truly did nothing wrong,and this was some sort of power play by Belichick,it sure did backfire. The sad part is that the players and fans are the ones who suffered for it. Brady liked this comment by Butler,which is quite telling. Maybe this team has had enough of the Hoodie’s ego. I would love to hear what Robert Kraft has to say about this mess.

  64. That d was a paper tiger all year. Everyone said it would cost them in the end and it did. Alex smith torched them at the start and then Nick Foles finished them In the end.

  65. When did Butler become Deion Sanders? Butler wouldn’t have made a difference. The Pats had good coverage all night. Name one coverage breakdown or a WR running free? Every big pass play there was tight coverage. Foles was dropping dimes. You got beat by a better team New England. Accept it.

  66. steelcurtainn says:
    February 6, 2018 at 6:35 pm
    Does it really matter now, u lost?

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    No it does not matter now, and we did lose. For once I agree with you.
    No crying, no excuses. We congratulate the winners as we move on.

  67. Butler didn’t cost them the game, neither did BB. It was Tommy’s fumble that cost them the game. Tom Brady is the reason they lost in the end. Matty P and that atrocious defense is the reason Tom had the chance to choke it all away.

  68. Sure. Bill decided Malcom didn’t practice well all week so he decided to change the defensive starting lineup on the day of the Super Bowl.

    And not give his yearlong starting corner even one snap on defense.

    Please.

  69. delgriffth says:
    February 6, 2018 at 7:03 pm
    When did Butler become Deion Sanders? Butler wouldn’t have made a difference. The Pats had good coverage all night. Name one coverage breakdown or a WR running free? Every big pass play there was tight coverage. Foles was dropping dimes. You got beat by a better team New England. Accept it.

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    Everything you just said is correct and we do accept it. All these comments trying to nail Belichick over this decision or blame Brady are just our hater nation. Perhaps you havent seen them before but we actually have a really good one, and after a superbowl loss is when they bloom.

  70. Our Patriots had a great run. I Believe this is the end of a dynasty. I quess all good things come to an end. I’m thinking lots of locker room problems going on here and probably huge fallout is on the horizon.

  71. It’s entirely possible that he simply just wasn’t playing very good lately (who would notice?)in addition to his disadvantage in height & reach to every Eagles receiver. Also, let me ask all you experts- if Butler hadn’t saved the day in SB49, how would you rate the guy? If you even knew who he was, that is.
    Don’t get me wrong here, I’m a Pats fan. I just tend to NOT go for conspiracy theories.

  72. Braz says:
    February 6, 2018 at 5:40 pm
    TheTruth says:
    February 6, 2018 at 5:30 pm
    Nofoolnodrool says:
    February 6, 2018 at 5:13 pm
    Belichick is a great coach and also a real jerk.

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    That’s not what you have been saying all season before they choked up a hair ball in the SB…..can you say pathetic hypocrite?

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    Choked up a hairball? They were right in that game. One play either way…put the keyboard away and go back to moms basement.

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    Yeah and we can play the “one play away” game for the Seahawks and Falcons too and the Pats are that close to having won zero rings since the Spygate scandal.

    I don’t think the “if if if” game is a good one for Pat fan to play,
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    You are quite the keyboard warrior on the Pats threads. I was not playing any what if game…The point is/was, they hardly choked away the game. They were about as competitive as any team ever has been in a football game. Anyone that thinks otherwise didn’t watch the game.

  73. It’s not just about if butler is a super star or scrub. He’s your starter. He played just about 98% of the snaps and didn’t miss one in the playoff.

    It is about communication. It’s the safeties knowing him better than anyone else, it’s the LB’s knowing where he’ll be in coverage. It’s the guy they trust. Removing that from the defense for a better match up is just odd. The match up would have to be way better just to overcome this.

    CB’s are tested more than anyone else on the field. When you see the 4th & 5th corner out there you know the QB is at least going to take some real good looks that way.

    Thinking he wouldn’t have helped win a very winnable game is foolish.

  74. elmerbrownelmerbrown says:
    February 6, 2018 at 4:48 pm
    Iggles 52 New England 28
    Iggles 41 New England 33
    Pretty dang close if I must say myself !

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    And you’re a giants fan……too bad the Giants get to lose twice to the Iggles every year for the next 5 years….or maybe not, did you switch completely over yet? Give up your Eli jersey for a Foles ?

  75. No question Pats win the game if Malcolm plays the whole game. Belichick committed sabotage by throwing the game like that and not playing Butler. It is insubordination. He should be fired if he can’t come up with some decent explanation

  76. Life long Patriots fan here, been with them through the tough times and through the good times. BB always has his fingers on every aspect of any decision. Most of those decisions have been good ones, 5 Rings to show for it, 8 appearances in the SB, owns the AFC East and the AFC for that matter for better than 15 years.

    This stinks to high heaven to me. Josh stays in NE, Malcolm denies any wrong doing and BB sits him for the most important game of the year and uses a bench player or 2 to replace him. I get the feeling BB coaches one more year while he grooms McDaniel and walks off into the sunset. He could potentially stay on to help with transition stuff, but that is short lived because he is a control freak and would step on Josh’s toes.

    Just my 2 cents, GO PATS !!

  77. So this morning Adam Schefter himself said from what he was told it was indeed a football decision. He had a bad week of practice and just wasn’t very good this year among other things.

    Pat fan keeps talking about trusting Belichick…it should be no different here. Butler just isn’t all that. Never was. Never will be. Above average corner at best. The Pats can do better.

    But go ahead and keep blaming the coach with 7 Super Bowl rings for not helping poor widdle Tommy pad his resume.

  78. OK, This is getting ridiculous. Butler was out for 6 days with the flu. I had it and the doctor said it would take one month for every week I was in bed to regain my fitness. So he starts out severely diminished physically. No one who was at practice has commented. Browner and Hightower were not there and did not see how bad it was. People think these guys are superheroes and that sickness does not affect them. If you take a rough year add lost practice and prep as well as lost fitness it is a bad combo. If there were attitude and rules violations on top of those, then it gets worse. Of course, Butler said he was ready and wanted to play. It was the Superbowl and he is in a free agent year. Then he cries on camera…they are probably wondering about his mental toughness at that point. Finally, remember he was pulled off the scrap heap and without the Patriots he would still be coaching a high school team in West Alabama. He made a few great plays and one unbelievable (though anticipated) play and he instantly becomes a top 10 corner. His skills were overrated like they so often are in this ESPN highlight world. How about talking about the long snapper or the holder or Gotkowski for leaving 4 points on the field. How about McCourty, Harmon and Chung, three vets who should be able to adjust. How about the pass rush. No Butler did not lose this game…

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