After a practice fight, Belichick gives Butler the boot

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Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler was removed from Monday’s Bears-Patriots joint practice session by Patriots coach Bill Belichick after Butler fought with Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery.

Belichick has a strict no fighting rule for joint practice sessions. Even though practice reports said other Bears players coming to the aid of Jeffery escalated the situation, Butler was still escorted inside.

A former undrafted rookie turned Super Bowl hero, Butler is again expected to start at cornerback for the Patriots. He started all 16 games and had two interceptions last season.

The Patriots hosted joint practices with the Saints last week before the teams played their preseason opener, and the Patriots play the Bears this week. Belichick has always been a fan of putting his team through controlled practice work but never has been a fan of fists flying in those sessions.

18 responses to “After a practice fight, Belichick gives Butler the boot

  1. Don’t you haters know that the natural gas law causes Patriots players to fight people? learn science Goodell!

  2. As a Bears fan I hope this means Jeffery was causing Butler enough trouble to get under his skin.

    I also am glad the Bears are practicing with the Patriots. Even if they are getting stomped by the Pats in practices only to get stomped again in the game Thursday night, they need to be working against top competition (which right now is NOT each other). They are 0-1 and could very easily go 0-3 with the Pats and Chiefs up, but that’s three teams favored to go deep into the playoffs so it gives Fox and Pace a chance to get a read on the Bears true prospects sooner than later.

  3. I suspect Butler mistook Jeffery’s lackadaisical effort and occasional yawning as some sort of passive-aggressive taunting. Nope. It was just Alshon being Alshon.

    Good to see that fire but kid’s gotta keep it under control. Just imagine how frustrated Jeffery makes his teammates!

  4. NE wont “stomp” CHI in the preseason. BB rarely plays these games that way. If things are going badly he’ll make them suck it up. If things are going too well, he’ll put his guys in disadvantage situations. Like running up the middle in obvious running situations from obvious running up the middle formations.

    A coach like the clown in BUF, on the other hand, is out to win the preseason.

  5. Evidently, a little tough love here— courtesy of “The Hoodie”—for Butler. I don’t doubt that Malcolm has a head on his shoulders and will go to school on this experience. His Super Bowl XLIX heroics are only the beginning of what I expect will be a standout NFL career at corner.

  6. Although I don’t particularly care for Belichick, I like what he did. Because he does stuff like this is probably why the Patriots rarely have outbursts during games. The Bengals could learn a lot from what Bill did today. Maybe if Marvin had the stones to stand up to his players they would have won that playoff game last year.

  7. Reports from the beat writers were that both coaches had their players running hills after practice for losing their cool today.

    I like this. Fox and Pace are intent on implementing the Patriot Way in Chicago and what better way to impress that on the Bears than to see it at the source. The problem is that a full generation of bad drafting and not having a true motivator / leader of men as a HC since Mike Ditka has left the Bears miles behind the Patriots on talent and with a whole lot of work to do on the culture. This is a start though.

  8. gd bassplucker don’t say that, and preseason games are mostly for evaluating guys who are on the bubble, and staying sharp. the bears just need to be healthy this year, and cutler will light everyone up. then the defense and leo f. will have a field day.

  9. Rhode Island Patriots Fan says:
    Aug 15, 2016 5:51 PM
    Evidently, a little tough love here— courtesy of “The Hoodie”—for Butler. I don’t doubt that Malcolm has a head on his shoulders and will go to school on this experience. His Super Bowl XLIX heroics are only the beginning of what I expect will be a standout NFL career at corner.

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    Or, he’ll be the next David Tyree.

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