Malcolm Butler: I wanted to confront Bill Belichick during the Super Bowl

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As Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler stood on the sideline and watched his teammates get carved up by the Eagles’ offense in Super Bowl LII, he was tempted to confront Patriots coach Bill Belichick and ask why he’d been benched. But Butler kept quiet.

Butler told Sports Illustrated that he wanted to ask Belichick or defensive coordinator Matt Patricia to explain why, after playing every snap of the AFC Championship Game, he didn’t play a single snap on defense in the Super Bowl.

“There was times when I was on the sideline and I just wanted to go up and say to Belichick or Matt Patricia and just say, ‘Is this how we’re gonna end this?’ I grew up in the Patriots system and I’m a man of God. I respect my authority and I just couldn’t ask them for something they didn’t want to do. I just was doing my job. I was close to going up there and saying what I wanted to say to Matt or Belichick, but I just stayed in my lane and just did my job. And I really wanted to go ask him, but I didn’t,” Butler said.

Belichick has still not explained why he benched Butler, or why he didn’t put Butler on the field when it became clear how much the Patriots’ defense was going to struggle without him. Butler would like that explanation, but he may never get it.

99 responses to “Malcolm Butler: I wanted to confront Bill Belichick during the Super Bowl

  1. Malcolm knows precisely why he was benched. He also knows Bill won’t speak of it in the media, so why not paint yourself the victim to get the best new contract?

  2. Might have cost them the Super Bowl, might not have ..we’ll never know & it’s in the books ..let’s move on.

  3. If I were a Patriot fan, I would be beyond frustrated by Belichick’s refusal to provide an explanation for a decision that quite possibly cost the team a Super Bowl championship. I’m sure the fans love the winning but Belichick seems to have no respect for them whatsoever.

  4. I compare it a little to Mike Ditka not giving Walter Payton the chance to score a TD in the Super Bowl. Only in this case, you sat out a guy who pretty much single handedly gave you an extra Lombardi a few years prior and didn’t even allow him to play one defensive snap when the defense was getting lit up anyway. Pretty lame.

    Just my two cents.

  5. Belichick is a bona fide Hall of Fame coach in terms of both acumen and ego. The latter is what caused this to happen. I do agree that it’s impossible to know that the Pats would have won the Super Bowl had he played. That Eagles’ offense was simply outstanding.

  6. “Belichick has still not explained why he benched Butler, or why he didn’t put Butler on the field when it became clear how much the Patriots’ defense was going to struggle without him. Butler would like that explanation, but he may never get it.”

    Actually Belichick did give you an explanation you just don’t like it. Bill and his coaching staff didn’t think putting Butler in was in the best interests of the team and was a football decision.

    And really – the outside corners played pretty well – what I don’t know is if butler would have been a better option at slot corner. You can disagree with the “football decision,” but nothing I’ve heard from anyone indicates it was anything other than a “football decision.”

  7. Yes Malcolm there are millions of us that wish you would tell us what you did to get benched. If it was stupidity then a large part of that loss is on you and his silence speaks volumes.

  8. All I know is that during the two previous playoff games I saw a lot of Butler’s butt chasing receivers who had toasted him. As a matter of fact it was a season long occurrence. Did his replacement suffer the same fate? Yup. But BB had seen enough of close but not close enough. I personally believe Butler would have done no better given his season long penchant for giving up big receptions at critical times in the game. Philly’s QB had an out of body experience. He was the proverbial “hot goalie” standing on his head, single handedly leading the team during the playoffs. The better team won that day, no doubt, but to think Butler was the reason is just clutching for excuses for a loss that every NE fan, including myself, thought was a mere formality and just another, ho hum, Lombardi.

  9. As crazy as it sounds Belichick has earned the right to cost us a SB. He sticks to his decisions and nothing makes him renig if his plan was to not let Butler play he’s sticking to it even when it was obvious we needed him. He’s like that with everything it got us five cost us one…we’ll be back

  10. “I grew up in the Patriots system”

    And the Patriots system worked. The Patriots had a chance to come back in the end but unfortunately Brady fumbled the football. Neither defense played a great game in the SB, the difference was on offense. The Eagles offense made the plays they needed and the Patriots offense didn’t.

  11. Love Pats fans blaming Butler now. Tennessee has Vrabel & J-Robinson in charge now. You think Bill would’ve lied to them when they asked “Wtf?!” And the Lions were interested in signing Butler as well. Patricia knew everything & still wanted to sign him.

  12. Classless move or not, who cares. It was the wrong move. That defense was putrid in the game and Bill sat an impactful player for whatever reasons he deemed appropriate.

  13. I compare it a little to Mike Ditka not giving Walter Payton the chance to score a TD in the Super Bowl.
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    Watching SB XX as a Pats fan I too was bewildered by this, I loved Payton as a Football fan and he deserved better, the man was pure class tho. Shame on Ditka

  14. amaf21 says:
    March 30, 2018 at 1:10 pm
    let’s not act like this guy was the 2nd coming of Deion Sanders. they would’ve been carved up one way or the other.

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    Eagles defense was not good this game. All the pats needed was one stop on 3rd down and Butler could have provided that.

  15. Bill Belichick just happens to be the greatest coach of all time partly because he makes far fewer mistakes than every other coach. Bill has a whole philosophy that he abides to that is known as the Patriot way. Players either fully commit to it or they are out. Just because Bill hasn’t publicly expressed why he benched Butler in the Super Bowl, it is wrong to assume that he doesn’t have good reasons. Malcolm Butler is a hero to many Patriots but Bill has decided that it is time to move on. Any effort to try to whip this up now is just seen as a “victim’s lament”.
    Thanks for your service Malcolm but you just have to put it behind.

  16. Uh, if he had gone up to Belichick to ask Bill why he had been benched, Bill would have said something (quietly) like this”
    …… “because I played someone else instead of you”…….

    Tell Butler to get over it because Bill never answered why he accepted the Jets head coaching job then turned it down, either.
    Belichick not only marches to his own drum beat, he doesn’t let anyone else hear it.

  17. Surprised at the number of people throwing Butler under the bus. The guy has a pretty good track record in Super Bowls he has played in.

  18. The Patriot Fans defending Bill on this one is to laugh at. Not sure what he could have done to keep him out of the Big game you play all season to get too. Was a stupid move to bench him all game. To just say if he benched him it was for a good reason is just lame. I would be upset if I were a Patriots fan, the no reason/short answer act is getting old.

  19. newpairofsox says:
    Malcolm knows precisely why he was benched. He also knows Bill won’t speak of it in the media, so why not paint yourself the victim to get the best new contract?
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    Couldn’t agree more. He knows dam well why he sat and he knows the its serious enough that Bill wont talk about it so he can fly off the lip and get away with this poor me excuse.

    All I know is I clearly read that he was having a pissing contest with the def coordinators during practice as to his role in the SB and it didnt go over well. Me thinks he wanted to cover the num 1 receiver and they were saying no so he blew up in their faces.

  20. Thanks very much for the great interception, but that was a long time ago(in football years). Can you honestly say to the fans that you have NO idea why you were benched? Also, if you really cared about talking to BB or MP as to what was going on, you were obligated to ask. What else could happen-you get sent to your room without supper. I don’t think you had to worry about BB losing his cool on the sideline over anything you could say. Maybe you just don’t want to hear the answer (or you already knew it at the time).

  21. Great coach or not, it was a classless move not playing him at all. Even more classless not giving him an explanation.

    — The same was essentially said of Buddy Ryan and the release of Chris (all he can do is catch TD’s) Carter. Until you know the truth, you really don’t know. Maybe Bill doesn’t want to mess up this guy’s ability to sign else where…I believe Carter blamed Buddy too until he was able to grasp the reality of the situation.

  22. I can understand Butler initially not being a big part of the defensive gameplan based on potentially unfavorable matchups BB/Patricia found on film, the fact that he missed practice time due to illness, etc.

    But once the game turned into a shootout that gameplan should’ve been abandoned. If sub/dime still gave them the best chance to win, fine, but Butler is/was (sigh) ABSOLUTELY one of their six best DBs: competitive, fearless and a willing/able run tackler.

    Which tells me (along with mixed messages from Pats defenders) that something else was going on. Possibly disciplinary.

  23. I don’t care how great Belichick is. Benching Butler for the Super Bowl seemed like he sabotaged winning to prove a point. To who? That’s the question, and we will probably never get the answer. I still hate thinking about it.

  24. amaf21 says:
    March 30, 2018 at 1:10 pm
    let’s not act like this guy was the 2nd coming of Deion Sanders. they would’ve been carved up one way or the other.

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    How did his replacements do? I would bet the farm Butler would have played better than the dude they had playing instead of him.

  25. I won’t ever feel the same about Belichick again. I realize that we New England fans are spoiled, but I will always feel that he deliberately threw that Super Bowl away. All the injuries and hard work to get to that game…no wonder guys are leaving.

  26. Could it be that Belichick and his Big Ego cost the team, the coaches, and the fans a SB victory?

  27. Yeah right. Instead he did like most 2-year olds and started crying. Now he’s acting like he’s 5 and stamping his feet.

    Look right or wrong he was held out of that game for a reason and he knows why. Belichick has been around too long and enjoyed to much success to be scared of facing any player with the truth.

  28. I’m a Pats fan since the pre-flying Elvis days. Belichick’s decision and non-explanation on Butler was pointless. It was also disrespectful — not just to Butler, but to the rest of the team, to the organization, and to the fans.

    I’ve always taken the usual, cliche “in Bill we trust” attitude, but that decision changed my opinion of Bill. And yes, it would’ve been just as pointless and disrespectful if the Pats had somehow won.

  29. If Butler had done something wrong it would have gotten out by now. He says he didn’t. His teammates say he didn’t. I take them at their word. He gave no reason during his time with the Patriots to think otherwise, so in this case he should get the benefit of the doubt.

  30. Bill had his reasons and he knows what he is doing. He did what he thought was best for the team. Nobody knows if Butler would have made the difference. It is in the past now, so move on.

  31. I wanted to Confront him…………. But I didn’t have the Guts.

    Also, Apparently a lot of people here commenting didn’t watch Butler getting torched all year. Butler regressed in 2018 and that’s all the explanation that anybody should need. Belichick at least has enough class to not throw any of his players under the bus. I don’t. There seems to be an awful lot of Pink hat Patriots fans out there that don’t care when a guy plays badly because they like him. If you want to look for a reason why the Pats lost the Superbowl, take a look up front where we got “ZERO” Pressure on Foles and couldn’t tackle a Running back to save our lives.

  32. Bill makes ALL decisions on the best interest of the team.

    Malcom Butler apparently cleaned his locker out (before the Super Bowl) and was going around the locker room mouthing off about “I’m going to get paid” supposedly he was even saying this in front of the coaching staff. He also didn’t accompany the team to the SB he traveled a day later.

    I think Bill Benched him because of his attitude…

    Notice some of the other players said they weren’t surprised that he didn’t play..

  33. May be it had something to do with his interception against Seattle in the super bowl. May be, just may be, someone out there does not want him to do something similar again.

  34. If Belichick came out and said “We benched Malcolm because he was inconsistent all season and played poorly in the AFC Championship game”…now THAT would have been classless.

    People need to get over this. The Eagles won, Eric Rowe played as well or better than Malcolm had been/would have, and wouldn’t have been able to do anything different with Foles playing a great game with several PERFECT throws into good coverage.

  35. Since WHEN is Belichick accountable to the media or fans for his football decisions?
    Neither the media nor the fans have a “right to know” in any sense of the word.
    I have yet to hear any fan or the media update me regarding the innermost workings of their household or broadcast operations. Fans and the media would BOTH cite “privacy” as the reason yet you refuse to give Belichick and the Pats the very same privacy.

  36. If I were a Pats fan I would still be a swirling vortex of anger to this day, at the sweatshirt. It’s like he deliberately threw the game to make a point that he’s in charge. But everyone in the world knows he’s in charge, so what gives? When the”Iggles” passing game started rolling and the Pats couldn’t slow it down, it was OBVIOUS what the next move should have been… whatever…not my team…

  37. Belichick has still not explained [PUBLICLY] why he benched Butler, or why he didn’t put Butler on the field when it became clear how much the Patriots’ defense was going to struggle without him. [WE THE MEDIA] would like that explanation, but [WE] may never get it.
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    Fixed it for you. Butler and everyone else involved knows exactly why he was benched.

  38. Belichick single handily threw Super Bowl 52.
    Butler plays 98% of the season and both playoff games and he is benched for the Super Bowl.

  39. All distractions from how the Ertz, Clesents, and Jeffery TDs were not catches. That’s right, that’s 3 TDs that were not catches. There is an angle that shows Jeffrey’s TD scraped all over the ground. No mention by Collinsworth at all, who was in the tank for the Eagles. Ertz’ “TD” was just like the Jesse James play, he caught it went right to the ground and lost the ball due to the ground, and Clements didn’t even have possession oft he ball until he was practically in the first row of the stands. That is what people should never stop screaming about, not Butler.

  40. If it wasn’t for Malcolm Butler and the Atlanta Falcons choking, the Patriots would be 3-7 in Super Bowl appearances and the franchise would be on par with the Broncos, Bills and Vikings for Super Bowl futility.

  41. “Since WHEN is Belichick accountable to the media or fans for his football decisions?”

    Wake up, public figures who rely on us to financially support the team and indirectly pay thier salary are directly accountable for thier actions. We buy tickets, jerseys, etc. with money that could go for other things, and we only ask them to make decisions that lead to winning. ( we also ask them to do it fairly and honestly but that is another story). When they make decisions that seem petty and selfish and cost the team a super bowl, they absolutely owe us an explanation just I like I owe the credit card bill with my super bowl tickets. These are public figures in very public roles. They get paid millions to answer the tough questions. Speak up. I can live with not agreeing with his reasons. I can’t stomach the arrogance that effectively gives us the finger.

  42. Who does that? Seems like we’re always asking that question when the topic is Belichicken. No doubt, Cry Brady has won a ton of games for the Patsies and they have absolutely dominated the AFC for the last decade. But foul is foul and that was FOUL. Just wrong. So that behavior will not be blessed nor favored. But he’s gonna do it again. Bet on it.

  43. Belichick has still not explained why he benched Butler, or why he didn’t put Butler on the field when it became clear how much the Patriots’ defense was going to struggle without him. Butler would like that explanation, but he may never get it.
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    You can’t actually believe that. It is almost a certainty that Butler knows why he was benched.

  44. Could have sent the secondary out there with flamethrowers and the Eagles still probably would have won. Brady’s brilliance covered up a lot yet again, even with Edelman gone, but these guys made bad QBs look great all season. And when they ran into a good one it got ugly. At the end of the day, the Pats seem to win SBs they should lose, and lose ones they should win. That’s all.

  45. The Greatest Coach of all time doesn’t have to explain anything to anybody. Nobody else can even get to the Playoffs consistently and this guy brings us to Superbowls every other year. It’s great being a Pats fan and judging from all the other people’s comments it’s miserable to not be one. Thanks BB. You’re the best.

  46. 2 0 Rate This
    Ewhite1065 says:
    March 30, 2018 at 5:20 pm
    The Greatest Coach of all time doesn’t have to explain anything to anybody. Nobody else can even get to the Playoffs consistently and this guy brings us to Superbowls every other year. It’s great being a Pats fan and judging from all the other people’s comments it’s miserable to not be one. Thanks BB. You’re the best.

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    absolutely

    butlee about to be wildly exposed int tenn

    passer rating against was 103 this past year

    branch, butler all selfishly sabotaged the sb

  47. mrp363839 says:
    March 30, 2018 at 1:09 pm

    As crazy as it sounds Belichick has earned the right to cost us a SB. He sticks to his decisions and nothing makes him renig if his plan was to not let Butler play he’s sticking to it even when it was obvious we needed him. He’s like that with everything it got us five cost us one…we’ll be back

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    Cost you 1?
    He made some dumb decisions in both Super Bowls against the Giants that FAILED.
    So at min cost is at 3.
    And never forget the Classless immediately running off the field when their undefeated season ended.

  48. weepingjebus says:
    March 30, 2018 at 5:13 pm
    Could have sent the secondary out there with flamethrowers and the Eagles still probably would have won. Brady’s brilliance covered up a lot yet again, even with Edelman gone, but these guys made bad QBs look great all season. And when they ran into a good one it got ugly. At the end of the day, the Pats seem to win SBs they should lose, and lose ones they should win. That’s all.

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    nope

    hightower’s injury was enormous but the d played 8 straight games to an average of 11.87 points allowed during that stretch and had the best d in the conference from october 1 on after butler stopped blaming others for his poor play

    get yer facts straight

    branch checking hurt too because it meant flowers was doubled

    expect a sb appearance next year as well as it is an even year which means good health

    the cancers (branch, butler) are also now gone

  49. ahzroc says:
    March 30, 2018 at 3:51 pm
    If I were a Pats fan I would still be a swirling vortex of anger to this day, at the sweatshirt. It’s like he deliberately threw the game to make a point that he’s in charge. But everyone in the world knows he’s in charge, so what gives? When the”Iggles” passing game started rolling and the Pats couldn’t slow it down, it was OBVIOUS what the next move should have been… whatever…not my team…

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    yeah, it had nothing to do with butler going off the rails

  50. He should have received an explanation just from a professionalism and leadership standpoint.

  51. ayokel21 says:
    March 30, 2018 at 2:29 pm
    One of the dumbest moves in SB history.

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    i agree. butler’s
    ego and selfihsness in sb 52 stained his sb 49 legacy

    a very dumb move he will regret for the rest of his life

    he will be awful in tenn

    just watch

    div 2 west alabama popeyes employee all of a sudden thought he was
    mike haynes

  52. xavier179 says:
    March 30, 2018 at 4:03 pm
    Belichick single handily threw Super Bowl 52.
    Butler plays 98% of the season and both playoff games and he is benched for the Super Bowl.
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    After reading your 2nd sentence I conclude that something serious happened involving Butler or his previous game was horrible. Somehow you came to the conclusion that the greatest NFL HC in history suddenly decided to throw the Super Bowl (even though the rest of the team was intact).

  53. bspurloc says:
    March 30, 2018 at 5:54 pm
    mrp363839 says:
    March 30, 2018 at 1:09 pm

    As crazy as it sounds Belichick has earned the right to cost us a SB. He sticks to his decisions and nothing makes him renig if his plan was to not let Butler play he’s sticking to it even when it was obvious we needed him. He’s like that with everything it got us five cost us one…we’ll be back

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    Cost you 1?
    He made some dumb decisions in both Super Bowls against the Giants that FAILED.
    So at min cost is at 3.
    And never forget the Classless immediately running off the field when their undefeated season ended.

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    ridiculous

    bb always checks with the other coach about post super bowl “handshakes” for the camera to not take things away from the winner

    he then later speaks privately without cameras

    belichick also has refused to announce
    why butlerr was benched to respect butler’s free
    agency, with pure class

    if he gave all the details, people like you, as immature and obtuse as you are, would claim it was “classless”

  54. I just have one question after reading the article. Did he want to go up and say something but didn’t?! Lol

  55. FinFan68 says:
    March 30, 2018 at 6:22 pm
    xavier179 says:
    March 30, 2018 at 4:03 pm
    Belichick single handily threw Super Bowl 52.
    Butler plays 98% of the season and both playoff games and he is benched for the Super Bowl.
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    After reading your 2nd sentence I conclude that something serious happened involving Butler or his previous game was horrible. Somehow you came to the conclusion that the greatest NFL HC in history suddenly decided to throw the Super Bowl (even though the rest of the team was intact).

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    i’d bet my life that they were annoyed with him all year and were hoping he would turn the corner and they didn’t want to kill his fa status out of respect for him.

    “he was a chore
    to get ready for games”…that is likely patricia to mike giardi

    damning primary source info there

    but, the cleaning out of the locker, the blow ups at coaches, finger pointing at his teammates and him
    checking out due to ego, all leads one to believe butler did this
    to himself.

    sad story, really

    his ego took over
    and it ruined him. he is now 28 and will be playing for a rookie coach
    on a crappier team with a big target on his back

    many pats players think they are all that, the ego
    explodes, but butler could not quite keep it in check

  56. Michael E says:
    March 30, 2018 at 5:58 pm
    He should have received an explanation just from a professionalism and leadership standpoint.

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    umm, butler knows what he did, hence the crying

    – pats fan for over 35 years and season tickets to be inherited
    20 rows up on the 45

    butler is a 28 year old adult male who cried because his ego could not handle he was not starting after a poor year, ruining his 52 teammates’ sb chances

  57. tylawspick6 says:
    March 30, 2018 at 6:58 pm
    FinFan68 says:
    March 30, 2018 at 6:22 pm
    xavier179 says:
    March 30, 2018 at 4:03 pm
    Belichick single handily threw Super Bowl 52.
    Butler plays 98% of the season and both playoff games and he is benched for the Super Bowl.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    After reading your 2nd sentence I conclude that something serious happened involving Butler or his previous game was horrible. Somehow you came to the conclusion that the greatest NFL HC in history suddenly decided to throw the Super Bowl (even though the rest of the team was intact).

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    i’d bet my life that they were annoyed with him all year and were hoping he would turn the corner and they didn’t want to kill his fa status out of respect for him.

    “he was a chore
    to get ready for games”…that is likely patricia to mike giardi

    damning primary source info there

    but, the cleaning out of the locker, the blow ups at coaches, finger pointing at his teammates and him
    checking out due to ego, all leads one to believe butler did this
    to himself.

    sad story, really

    his ego took over
    and it ruined him. he is now 28 and will be playing for a rookie coach
    on a crappier team with a big target on his back

    many pats players think they are all that, the ego
    explodes, but butler could not quite keep it in check

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    Had know idea you had locker room access. You are the super fan.

  58. The issue is not that Butler didn’t start. The real head scratcher is why BB didn’t make any obvious adjustments during the game, like he did in the super bowl against Seattle to stop Chris Matthews.

  59. weepingjebus says:
    March 30, 2018 at 5:13 pm
    Could have sent the secondary out there with flamethrowers and the Eagles still probably would have won. Brady’s brilliance covered up a lot yet again, even with Edelman gone, but these guys made bad QBs look great all season. And when they ran into a good one it got ugly. At the end of the day, the Pats seem to win SBs they should lose, and lose ones they should win. That’s all.

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    nope

    hightower’s injury was enormous but the d played 8 straight games to an average of 11.87 points allowed during that stretch and had the best d in the conference from october 1 on after butler stopped blaming others for his poor play

    get yer facts straight

    branch checking hurt too because it meant flowers was doubled

    expect a sb appearance next year as well as it is an even year which means good health

    the cancers (branch, butler) are also now gone
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    Nope – They were blown out by the Falcons until Shanny forgot to kick the go ahead chip shot for the easy win during junk point time. Last year they rode the injury train of other QB’s to what should have been an easy win vs. a backup QB who ended up working them for what they were…a team who didn’t belong there. TB will leave after this season and BB will follow right on his coattails ….no way will he risk being exposed as he was in Clev. and fired for that.

  60. should have respectfully said something just once so he knew you cared enough to throw social /football protocol out the window.

    that said it is on Bb that he didn’t adjust his strategy and put him in after it was apparent that benching him was backfiring.

    that is what the should focus should be imho.

    BB the king of adjustments failed to make the most obvious one: give malcom a chance.

  61. He didn’t fail to do anything…he played the guys that gave them the best chance to win that day, period. Anyone who thinks anything else is lost. He was fully aware of who was capable of what …including MB. Move on.

  62. Ewhite1065 says:
    March 30, 2018 at 5:20 pm
    The Greatest Coach of all time doesn’t have to explain anything to anybody. Nobody else can even get to the Playoffs consistently and this guy brings us to Superbowls every other year. It’s great being a Pats fan and judging from all the other people’s comments it’s miserable to not be one. Thanks BB. You’re the best.

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    The Super Bowl Trophy is named after the greatest coach in NFL history — Vince Lombardi.

  63. There was a reason and Butler knows the reason. Anyone who thinks otherwise is an idiot. Belichick won’t talk about it, he never does and Butler knows that. He is just trying to save face.

  64. If I were a Pats fan I would still be a swirling vortex of anger to this day, at the sweatshirt. It’s like he deliberately threw the game to make a point that he’s in charge.

    I’m sure there are pats fans who feel that way but really, swirling vortex? All y’all need to chill, it’s a game. The desperation to grasp at any sign that shows the slightest indication of a chink in NE’s armor is entertaining to watch but come now. We’ve heard this how many times? Lawyer Milloy? Remember? Pats are done? Do we need to run down the list of Apocalypse predictors that have come and gone since 2001? Have any of your read the tell all expose from 100’s of ex-pats who couldn’t wait to get out of there? Me neither.

    He sat, NE lost in a great game to an opponent that won in a NE like way. Bravo to Philly. I know you”re all smatah than Bill and who knows; maybe a fix was in for whatever reason. After 5 wins in 8 trips any pats fan whining is not worthy.

  65. My guess is Roger Goodell and Robert Kraft made a gentleman’s agreement to let the Eagles win in exchange for Belichick getting away with all the cheating he does.

  66. suckafree9rs415 says:
    March 30, 2018 at 12:58 pm
    The decision to bench Butler obviously backfired.
    Pretty selfish and foolish of Belichek.

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    But did it really backfire? I think it played out perfectly, belichik got his point across to kraft and Brady, he calls the shots and he determines when the team wins. Brady could throw for 500yds and it won’t matter…. think about that Mr. kraft next time you go against my wishes and trade away my future QB in favor of an aging guy who has limited years left,

  67. And now look… Matt Patricia didn’t want him on the lions either…butler knows he is the problem…

  68. For a “man of God,” he’s certainly letting his bitterness and lack of forgiveness be on display. They lost. He’s a Titan now, making mountains of money. Time to forgive and forget.

  69. Hmmmmm men will ask meanwhile boys will sit and do nothing. Take no action! Butler, you chose to do nothing so at this point, let it go! You knew your place now move on!!

  70. Why do people always want to believe conspiracy theories? Belichick DID explain why. Butler had an average year at best. Then he got the flu, which he was hospitalized for. He got to Minnesota and got into the game plan late. By his own admission he wasn’t focused. Butler has trouble with big WRs. Bademosi had actually played well when Rowe was hurt during the season. Butler knows all this. And, anyone that thinks Belichick would tarnish his legacy for ego, or to prove a point, please stop and listen to yourselves. Ridiculous. Belichick benched Butler because he thought it gave the Pats the best chance to win. The front 7 had more to do with the loss than the 2ndary.

  71. Clearly Butler did some thing or things to tick off the coaching staff. Who knows, maybe some kind of ultimatum was drawn & crossed.

    At some point, as a player, you want to play. If there is some kind of problem with your coach, you ASK to put that aside so you can get out there to help your team.

    There is a LOT of talk about BB’s pride & ego. What about Butler’s?

  72. Sure you did Malcolm, that is what you wanted to do during the SB game. If you had stayed with the Pats this story would have never been made. Don’t try to save face now making up stuff few believe in. You knew you weren’t playing and accepted it. Don’t try to change the story now.

  73. “The Greatest Coach of all time doesn’t have to explain anything to anybody.”

    Nor can he, as Lombardi has been dead since 1970.

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