Devin McCourty: “We all knew” Malcolm Butler wasn’t starting

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Patriots safety Devin McCourty has heard all the theories. But unlike most people wondering why cornerback Malcolm Butler didn’t play defense in the Super Bowl, he had a hint it was coming.

“As far as I know, all of that is the furthest thing from the truth,” McCourty told Ryan Dunleavy of NJ.com. “We all knew he wasn’t starting all week. That wasn’t a secret to the guys on the team.

“I get why people are fishing. The guy played 98 percent of the plays. I just hate that for him character-wise going into free agency. It’s just not true. As far as I know — and I was there all week — not one time did anything come up.”

Butler played 97.8 percent of the Patriots’ defensive snaps during the regular season. He played one snap of special teams in the Super Bowl, as the Patriots secondary was springing leaks left and right.

That led to a number of theories as to why the Patriots would do such a thing, including rumors of disciplinary causes. But coach Bill Belichick would only say that wasn’t the case, which didn’t satisfy most reasonable questioners.

“It sucked for him,” McCourty said. “He put a lot of time and effort in. However it falls, the last thing you want to do is not play a snap. To me, the worst part was to see all that [anonymous] stuff come out after.”

Butler has effectively said his goodbye to the Patriots, and changed his personal narrative. He was once the guy who had a game-winning interception in the Super Bowl against the Seahawks, and now he’s the guy who couldn’t get in the game for mysterious reasons. McCourty referred to him as a “great teammate,” but that’s a past tense reference, as Butler’s headed to free agency.

89 responses to “Devin McCourty: “We all knew” Malcolm Butler wasn’t starting

  1. Next time of a big change in the secondary maybe the head coach should spend more time preparing for the super bowl instead of attending basketball games.

  2. .
    Ok, you knew he wasn’t playing. But, why?

    At what point did his play become so horrendous that he was behind reserve safety Jordan Richards and career special teamer Johnson Bademosi. If they sustained an injury, would we have seen Amendola on D?
    .

  3. McCourtey towing the Pats company line. I love a good company man, but NO ONE outside of New England / Pats fanboys buys what you’re selling.

    Something happened, and we’ll all know about it, one way or another, eventually. The story will come out, but probably once Butler signs somewhere else successfully, and not until after.

    For a guy who WON YOU ANOTHER SUPERBOWL to not play a snap, thats a joke.

  4. Remember after the Pats lost to the Ravens after the AFC championship game Bill wouldn’t speak to the media but sent a player out to do so instead?

    Remember who that player was?

    Devin McCourty.

    Sorry but I believe his view on the story as much as I believe any scripted response from the Patriots because that’s all this is.

    Butler wouldn’t be in tears at kickoff if he knew all week he wasn’t going to play.

  5. No matter who played DB, Foles threw some PERFECT passes for key plays that Malcolm Butler would have had no better coverage on. The TD to Jeffery was over good coverage by Rowe.

    When Bademosi missed the 3rd Down tackle, he was playing as a hybrid safety/LB subbed in for Jordan Richards. Malcolm wouldn’t have been covering him if he had been in the game.

    Time to move on to next season, the Eagles won by playing well, not on fluke miracle plays….and wringing hands over coulda shoulda woulda Butler is a dead end.

    Good luck and thank you again to Malcolm wherever he goes.

  6. Pat fan will soon see for themselves how overrated this guy really was.

    Good instincts obviously but just doesn’t have the size or the speed to be anything more than he is, a barely above average corner in this league. And if you think I’m being harsh, Pro Football Focus basically called him a role player.

    And if I’m Pat fan I’d wonder about his attitude too after the tear fest in front of a worldwide Super Bowl audience.

    If Butler was all that, Gilmore wouldn’t have been signed. Gilmore is better and it’s not close.

  7. McCourty’s ability to read Belichick’s mind is amazing. He’s apparently is the only one who can do it. If everybody knew it they forgot to tell Malcolm until the anthem started. Looks like McCourty is on a short lease. Darth Vader is not to be questioned in New England thats for sure.

  8. My favorite narrative was the one proposing that Butler was being disciplined for conduct and that the Patriots willfully made that sacrifice to send a message about their moral expectations. I’m still laughing about that one.

  9. Remember Pat fan – Butler was on the field in week 1. With Butler on the field there’s no reason to think the Eagles wouldn’t have done what Alex Smith and the Chiefs did.

    It’s comical how people talk about this benching like Belichick benched Deion Sanders in his prime. The coach with the 7 Super Bowl rings who has seen Butler play week in and week out knows a lot more about the sport than you do.

    Now cue the pathetic Pat fans calling me a hater. You guys really can’t handle any semblence of hard truth about your team.

  10. Case Closed. Can we move on , tired of hearing all these Pats fan making excuses. Philly was the better team, no question. Our Offense dominated the WHOLE game.

  11. If this is true, it makes the coach look even worse. With a disciplinary action, at least there is basis for a defense, not much but some. But for there to be no reason at all? Then this loss falls squarely on BB. Unless of course, They are lying .

    Ne can’t even get this story straight… was he missing curfew and with drugs?

    Doesn’t matter. NE choked this away like so many teams usually do against them

  12. No. I need something super simple to fit inside my super simple tiny vengeful brain.

    More simple. More septic. More dirt. More hurt. More vengeful. I want it and I want it now.

  13. Malcolm Butler was slowly getting worse as the season ended. Ending in Allen Hurns catching the most passes for the Jags in the AFC championship game on Butler. The Patriots were lucky to survive that game. Butler wasn’t getting re-signed and his play went down. Not to mention he was hospitalzed with the flu twice in Minnesota leading up to the super bowl. To say Butler would have made a difference in that super bowl is not accurate. Because Butler doesn’t do well covering Taller receivers. Jeffrey is 6’3. Smith is 6’0. So Gilmore or Rowe would have had Jeffrey from the get go. Butler would have covered Torrey Smith who only netted 49 yards, no touchdowns and only one 3rd down conversion. If anything, based on Butlers mediocre play the last few games, you could argue Torrey Smith would have caught even more balls on Butler.

  14. And they say the Pats aren’t a “feared organization”. Look at this puppet. Malcom Butler, Malcom X, Malcom in the Middle, it don’t matter, nobody was stopping my boy Alshon on that TD.

  15. benching him was overdue, he is good 90% of the time but 10% of the time he does something completely boneheaded like trying to tackle a dude by cartwheeling or cannon balling into him. hes just not playing cornerback out there sometimes. one time i saw him try and debate a receiver to go out of bounds smh. get it together butler

  16. Billy Belichek screwed up BIG TIME on not playing Butler, his massive ego got the best of him that day and he costed his team another ring….lol!

  17. And the finger pointing continues…!

    I’m not a fan of either team. For a player to come out and say, “we knew he wasn’t playing all week.” Let it go!

    No one likes a sore loser.

  18. I really question whether history will look on the Pats as favorably as Pat fan wants them to think.

    5 Super Bowl rings sounds nice, but we all know it’s also a product of playing in a watered down league, a conference where there is never any more than 3 really good teams in any given year, plus of course a laughably pathetic AFC Least division.

    They also lost 3 title games. 2 of those losses were to very inferior teams to them (Giants). Only the most recent loss was legit, as the Eagles really were the better football team. None of the Pats Super Bowls were dominating wins, the narrative around them all is the Pats could have easily lost them all and it’s true.

    They also lost some conference championship and playoff games where Brady was completely shut down. For a guy recognized by many as GOAT, and this being the era of passing, it makes you wonder why he was shut down as easily as he was in some of those games.

    And of course the Pats have had a lot of controversy around them too.

    Unfortunately, I believe that last part is what people will remember most about them. “That was a great team, but…..”

  19. Butler never got it out of his head that he stupidly rejected 7 mil per from BB this past spring. From there, his play was up and down and erratic all year. Throw in the flu and some more bad practices, and there you go.

  20. PresidentTrumpIsRightRespectYourCountryAndFlag says:
    February 19, 2018 at 8:23 am
    I guess Belicheat sure taught MB a lesson didn’t he?
    Look the Eagles just scored again!!

    14 9 Rate This

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    Umm, the Eagles D was worse than NE’s.

  21. I love that we live in a world where we believe we’re entitled to a response… and when we get one, it doesn’t fit with the narrative that we’ve created so we dismiss it.

    Do people ever knock on the door of other private enterprises and ask the CEO, “Hey, why’d you put Gary from Accounting in charge of that project?”

  22. flaccotoboldin says:
    February 19, 2018 at 8:02 am
    McCourtey towing the Pats company line. I love a good company man, but NO ONE outside of New England / Pats fanboys buys what you’re selling.

    Something happened, and we’ll all know about it, one way or another, eventually. The story will come out, but probably once Butler signs somewhere else successfully, and not until after.

    For a guy who WON YOU ANOTHER SUPERBOWL to not play a snap, thats a joke.

    48 5 Rate This

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    BB, McCourty are protecting Butler’s FA status. Clesrly, outside of the flu, something else happened to have BB lose trust in the guy. Butler’s crying was disturbing with regards to his mental state, without question. BB was right. Butler was in no way ementally prepared to play.

  23. Indefensible move on Belchick’s part. Seems like his ego got the best of him because he didn’t like the way Butler practiced the week before and didn’t like his attitude. You would think Belichick could put his ego in check for 1 more game, but he sabotaged his own team for what seemingly is a petty thing unless Belichick explains himself better. Kraft and all Patriot fans deserve a better answer from Belchick on why he apparently threw the game.

  24. Braz says:
    February 19, 2018 at 8:15 am
    Pat fan will soon see for themselves how overrated this guy really was.

    Good instincts obviously but just doesn’t have the size or the speed to be anything more than he is, a barely above average corner in this league. And if you think I’m being harsh, Pro Football Focus basically called him a role player.

    And if I’m Pat fan I’d wonder about his attitude too after the tear fest in front of a worldwide Super Bowl audience.

    If Butler was all that, Gilmore wouldn’t have been signed. Gilmore is better and it’s not close.
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    Gilmore is more talented but Butler outplayed him for much of the year.

  25. Butler had to have done something to not get in the game: Either be assessed as inadequate or a discipline issue that week.

    Those saying otherwise are actually saying Belichick “tried’ to lose the game. Child please.

  26. Anonymous??? The Patriots can’t get their stories straight.

    “That wasn’t the plan,” Rowe said during a postgame press conference after the team’s 41-33 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. “It wasn’t official until kickoff.”
    He was asked if he knew why Butler didn’t play.
    “No,” he said. “I had no idea.”

  27. Alshon Jeffrey beat the Patriots DB’s all game. No matter what the reason Belichick did not play Malcolm Butler it was a difference maker. Belichick has played a DB in a Super Bowl named Hobbs who had a hernia. Plaxico Burress beat him for the game winning touchdown. Belichick is a great coach but he makes mistakes also. Not playing Butler was a mistake that allowed the Eagles a better chance to win the Super Bowl!

  28. belichickdominatedjoemontana says:
    February 19, 2018 at 8:50 am
    Malcolm Butler was slowly getting worse as the season ended. Ending in Allen Hurns catching the most passes for the Jags in the AFC championship game on Butler. The Patriots were lucky to survive that game. Butler wasn’t getting re-signed and his play went down. Not to mention he was hospitalzed with the flu twice in Minnesota leading up to the super bowl. To say Butler would have made a difference in that super bowl is not accurate. Because Butler doesn’t do well covering Taller receivers. Jeffrey is 6’3. Smith is 6’0. So Gilmore or Rowe would have had Jeffrey from the get go. Butler would have covered Torrey Smith who only netted 49 yards, no touchdowns and only one 3rd down conversion. If anything, based on Butlers mediocre play the last few games, you could argue Torrey Smith would have caught even more balls on Butler.
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    An objective and well thought out post from a Pat fan.

    Well said and I agree with just about everything in it. It was a “football reason” just as 7 time Super Bowl winning Coach Belichick said.

    Good thing the Pats had Gilmore covering Westbrook on that 4th down pass from Bortles in the AFC Championship game. If that was Butler- he wouldn’t have had to worry about being benched in any Super Bowl game because TD Jags.

  29. I grew up in the 50’s and 60’s when what the head coach said was all that mattered. People who think that Malcom Butler was done wrong by Belichick are not only wrong, they don’t know NFL history.
    One of the most historically remembered games is the 1967 NFL Championship game between the Packers and Cowboys. It is called the “Ice Bowl”. In that game, the unsung hero of the game was a FB named Chuck Mercein. The Packers signed him in mid-season after the Giants had cut him. They had lost both of their starting RB’s at that time — Jim Grabowski and Elijah Pitts — so Lombardi — who was the HC and GM — picked up Mercein.
    On the final drive — which is the most famous drive in NFL history, few people remember that it was Chuck Mercein who was the real hero. He gained 34 yards of the 68 total yards the Packers got when Bart Starr scored the winning TD.
    So — what happened to Mercein? Five minutes before kick off in the first Super Bowl, Lombardi told Mercein he was benching him in favor of Ben Wilson. Lombardi said Wilson had played at USC and was used to hot weather, and he had fresher legs. Mercein did not get one snap in that Super Bowl and finished his career with the Jets.
    Mercein was angry and disappointed for many years, but now he says looking back, Lombardi was right. He says he was a little banged up after the Ice Bowl and that Wilson had a very good game in the Super Bowl making key blocks for Bart Starr.
    So — memo to Butler and all those who are ranting about this — the head coach has the right to start whomever he wants — even if it turns out to be the wrong decision. In Belichick’s case, he’s right a heckuva lot more than he’s wrong, too.
    So Butler needs to get over it and so do those who are blasting Belichick over it.

  30. Braz says:
    February 19, 2018 at 8:15 am

    Pat fan will soon see for themselves how overrated this guy really was.

    Good instincts obviously but just doesn’t have the size or the speed to be anything more than he is, a barely above average corner in this league. And if you think I’m being harsh, Pro Football Focus basically called him a role player.

    And if I’m Pat fan I’d wonder about his attitude too after the tear fest in front of a worldwide Super Bowl audience.

    If Butler was all that, Gilmore wouldn’t have been signed. Gilmore is better and it’s not close.

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    Your synopsis makes no sense.

    Sure- Gilmore is better than Butler- but not at tackling- something that was sorely missed in the SB by Butlers “replacements”

    Butler did make the Probowl twice you know- hardly an overrated stiff.

    Your saying he has a bad attitude because he cried during the Anthem after he just found out he wasn’t going to start-Really- How is that a bad attitude?- Completely off the mark.

    Not starting him and having him active and dressed- that’s inexcusable. Fill the roster spot, there were any number of guys who could have helped in that game that were inactive.

    Not having him start, and not having him play are 2 different things. Once it was clear it wasn’t working, they should have sent him in- he simply could not have been worse than what they had out there. Butler was like 5th or 6th on the depth chart during SB 49- yet they benched Arrington for poor performance and put Butler in. Now your saying it’s okay that your season long #2 corner shouldn’t play a snap?

    This was some attempt by Bill to publicly humiliate Butler. Wouldn’t be surprised if it had to do with some scenario with Bills son (conspiracy theory here) who probably shouldn’t even be coaching on the team.

    Whether by accident or intentional, Bellichik deserves to be questioned at this point forward. wasted opportunity.

  31. belichickdominatedjoemontana says:
    February 19, 2018 at 9:06 am
    Pro football focus currently has Malcolm butler at 79% as a corner in the NFL today. He is a “average” Cornerback even to them after they broke down all his plays THIS season.
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    Cool. So what was Bademosi & Richards rating?

  32. “Gilmore is more talented but Butler outplayed him for much of the year.”

    That’s subjective. Gilmore struggled early and then got hurt, but came on very strong at the end of the year. Butler seemed to have the opposite arc.

  33. redlikethepig says:
    February 19, 2018 at 7:53 am
    Then how come you’re the only one saying this?

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    Hes actually not. Even BB said it was not for disciplinary reasons it was a football decision. Its just that folks wanted a juicy story and thats kind of boring so they ignored it.

    Butler was very sick with the flu that week. He went into the ER the week before and still could not travel with the team when the time came. He caught up to them after and tried to come back up to speed but couldnt. Poor guy, Im sure he was crazy upset to get sich at that pount and time and probably was busting himsrlf gard to try to get back up to full speed in time for the game. He probably was holding hope right up until game time too. That he was sick was confirmed fact, but alsoit was a boring explanation and who wants that? So it got ignored and instead all kinds of wild theories got created then repeated as fact.

  34. Pete Carrol and Malcom Butler handed Belichick a Superbowl they should have lost on a silver platter. Now Bill makes the same losing blunder Pete did.

  35. tb12greatest says:
    February 19, 2018 at 9:40 am
    In reality the Pats lost because Hightower and Edelman, two of their top 5 players, did not play.
    ==============
    The Eagles were playing their backup QB in the Super Bowl. The injury excuse dog don’t hunt.

  36. No thinking human being will ever buy this “it was just the game plan” load of GARBAGE! And yeah, it pisses me off, because it’s an insult to our intelligence. you dance with the ones who brought you, Devin. You know that, Belichik knows that, WE know that. So either speak the truth or just shut up about it altogether.

    It doesn’t matter what Belichik says – or McCourty – or Pats fans. In a SUPER BOWL game where Belichik’s defense was beaten to death like a pinata at a 10-yr-old’s birthday party, by a journeyman backup QB, those who understand the game are 100% right in saying that Butler’s absence was a huge contributor to the loss. A HUGE contributor.

    And I don’t know what makes Belichik look worse in this situation – if he held him out for disciplinary reasons or if he held him out for game plan reasons. Either way, it was a massive mistake. Try to minimize it all you want, it was a MASSIVE mistake.

  37. What’s funny is that the truth is going to come out. Bill will cut some players in the offseason, and those players will sing like birds.

    Just a matter of time before we all have a really good idea of what really happened.

  38. .
    I like to thank all the out of town experts who are teaching us all about the nuances of the Patriots secondary personnel. I’ll forward your screen names to Nick Casserio so you can be officially introduced as GMs.

    There’s only two relevant points :

    1. The game is over. The results are etched in stone. No replays, refunds or exchanges.

    2. A Patriot who played 98.7% of the year’s defensive snaps suddenly took zero during a game where the secondary was torched. People just want to know why he was benched. Whatever the reason it will have no bearing on any aspect of a game that is already “in the books”
    .

  39. promickey says:
    February 19, 2018 at 9:34 am

    Alshon Jeffrey beat the Patriots DB’s all game.

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    Riiight. No receptions in the 2nd half, because Gilmore blanketed him. If Belichick had followed that scheme the whole game, the Pats might have escaped with a win. Of course we’ll never know.

  40. Braz says:
    The Eagles were playing their backup QB in the Super Bowl. The injury excuse dog don’t hunt.

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    Wentz wouldn’t have made a difference. Hard to imagine him playing better than Foles did. However, Hightower was NE’s best player on defense. And two of NE’s best offensive weapons, Edelman didn’t play and Cooks got knocked out.

  41. tylawspick6 says:
    February 19, 2018 at 9:16 am
    PresidentTrumpIsRightRespectYourCountryAndFlag says:
    February 19, 2018 at 8:23 am
    I guess Belicheat sure taught MB a lesson didn’t he?
    Look the Eagles just scored again!!

    14 9 Rate This

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    Umm, the Eagles D was worse than NE’s.

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    No, ours was worse. I hate admitting it, but the final score says its true.

    And to my fellow Pats fans talking about ofgiciating mistakes and injuries..I wont argue whether those factors were true or false, but either way they revfootball and winning means being the team that overcame them. The Patriots lost because the Eagles beat them. It’s that simple andit happens. Belichick has already moved past it to focus on the next championship run, perhaps the rest of us should too. Think of all the times we laughed at Sterlers fans for their excuses…lets not be that. Kudos to Philly.

  42. tylawspick6 says:
    February 19, 2018 at 9:16 am
    PresidentTrumpIsRightRespectYourCountryAndFlag says:
    February 19, 2018 at 8:23 am
    I guess Belicheat sure taught MB a lesson didn’t he?
    Look the Eagles just scored again!!

    14 9 Rate This

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    Umm, the Eagles D was worse than NE’s.

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    Umm, no it wasn’t. Remember you’re the guy that said yards don’t matter. Points do. Don’t go back on that now.

  43. I really question whether history will look on the Pats as favorably as Pat fan wants them to think.

    5 Super Bowl rings sounds nice, but we all know it’s also a product of playing in a watered down league, a conference where there is never any more than 3 really good teams in any given year, plus of course a laughably pathetic AFC Least division.

    They also lost 3 title games. 2 of those losses were to very inferior teams to them (Giants). Only the most recent loss was legit, as the Eagles really were the better football team. None of the Pats Super Bowls were dominating wins, the narrative around them all is the Pats could have easily lost them all and it’s true.

    They also lost some conference championship and playoff games where Brady was completely shut down. For a guy recognized by many as GOAT, and this being the era of passing, it makes you wonder why he was shut down as easily as he was in some of those games.

    And of course the Pats have had a lot of controversy around them too.

    Unfortunately, I believe that last part is what people will remember most about them. “That was a great team, but…..”
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    Give it up, your credibility is shot. It was shot when you tried saying Brady has never had a “complete” SB game like Manning and Elway. You try to post as some impartial football insider, but in reality you are another Peyton Manning worshiper who can’t come to grips with the fact that what the Pats have done is unprecedented and will never be replicated. Trying to water down their 18 years of success is laughable. Teams have come and gone, both AFC and NFC, and no one has been able to do what the Pats have. It doesn’t matter if they won SBs by 3 or 6 or 50. They have 5 SBs. That is what history will remember.

  44. The game is all about matchup’s… For coach thought Butler was not a good match in this setting. It was a coaching decision that did not pay off. Johnny Unitas rode the bench replaced by Earl Morrall. Sonny Jurgensen upstaged by Billy Kilmer…If Bademosi or Jordan whats-his-name had a good performance, (or even a bad performance but the Patriots won), nobody would be questioning the decision

  45. @tylawspick6 says:

    Umm, the Eagles D was worse than NE’s.
    ===================================================================================
    Ty, I thought you were an astute football fan, but your comment shows otherwise. Which defense caused the turnover late in the game when it counted most? Which defense stopped their opponent multiple times on 3rd down? Which defense gave up the most 4th down conversions? So if you want to recite the stats, feel free because ultimately stats only matter in fantasy football. The Eagles defense made more plays when the plays had to be made. That my friend, is indicative of the better defensive team.

  46. So if everyone knew, why did Eric Rowe say he was told he’d be starting just before kick-off? Was BB undecided about which scrub was going to start in his place?

  47. tb12greatest says:
    February 19, 2018 at 9:40 am
    In reality the Pats lost because Hightower and Edelman, two of their top 5 players, did not play.
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    In reality, Eagles won because they scored more points. Sproles and Peters, two of the Eagles top players, didn’t play. Eagles might have scored more points if they did.

  48. Give it up, your credibility is shot. It was shot when you tried saying Brady has never had a “complete” SB game
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    @blessed

    Manning and Elway are not relevant to this topic.

    When has Brady ever played a complete Super Bowl game? He had one impressive drive vs Rams that inexplicably got him game MVP, a good half vs Panthers marred by a brutal INT that could have lost the game, a decent half vs Eagles, stunk the whole game vs the Giants the first time, one decent drive vs Giants the second time and was lousy the rest of the game, a great quarter vs Seahawks and was below average the rest of the game, same thing vs Falcons plus the OT and a great second half vs Eagles preceded by a meh first half.

    Shouldn’t we expect the guy who we are all supposed to believe is the GOAT play one solid championship game from start to finish?

    I don’t need to water down the 18 years of success because it already is, for reasons I already mentioned in that post.

    I agree the harsh truth is not pleasant but it’s not my fault if Pat fan wants to be in denial.

  49. @tylawspick6 says:

    Umm, the Eagles D was worse than NE’s.
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    Not really. They made the plays they needed to. The Pats did not.

  50. Look I think it was part matchup, and mostly health. If Butler really did have the flu like that, speaking from personal experience from having had it at the same time, there was ZERO chance of him playing effectively. Even after getting over the major issues of the flu like fever, stuffy nose, etc., his energy level would be shot. Butler’s ability to play coverage for even a single series would have been suspect and he would have had to come out on sustained drives for lack of stamina. It took me a full three weeks to recover enough to be able to resume my sprinting workouts at my normal intensity. Less than a week for Butler? Not a chance, and his poor week of practice I think reflects that. Now I think he could have been inserted in red zone situations, but on any sustained drive, he would have needed to be in a position to get off the field for a sub after 2-3 plays.

  51. If the Eagles D was worse than NE’s. How is it the Eagles scored more points. Stats don’t mean s**t the final score is all that matters. Pats are the SB Losers. Eagles are the SB Champions! HaHaHa

  52. schwamtek says:
    February 19, 2018 at 12:56 pm
    Pats are the SB losers. Eagles are the SB Champions! HaHaHa

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    funny, considering the eagles were perenniel losers up until last year. now you are a slightly better franchise than cleveland.

  53. savethebs says:
    February 19, 2018 at 9:52 am
    belichickdominatedjoemontana says:
    February 19, 2018 at 9:06 am
    Pro football focus currently has Malcolm butler at 79% as a corner in the NFL today. He is a “average” Cornerback even to them after they broke down all his plays THIS season.
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    Cool. So what was Bademosi & Richards rating?

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    In some and nickel defense at this point? Jordan and Richards were similar options to Butler.

  54. tb12greatest says:
    February 19, 2018 at 9:40 am
    In reality the Pats lost because Hightower and Edelman, two of their top 5 players, did not play.
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    Stop it! You guys lost to a journeyman BACKUP QB who replaced a guy headed for a possible MVP season. Please do not bring up injuries.

  55. What a way to treat a guy who pretty much won you a Super Bowl with a game winning interception…. and I agree that he’s just an average corner but he was really good in the Pat’s scheme, if he wasn’t bill wouldn’t have had him out there for 98% of the teams snaps this year. And Pats fans still think people like the patriots because they are jealous of the winning….. it’s because of shady, caniving and heartless BS like this.

  56. but he was really good in the Pat’s scheme
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    I read somewhere he allowed a 103 passer rating this year when targeted. That’s a few levels beneath “really good”.

  57. schwamtek says:
    February 19, 2018 at 12:56 pm
    If the Eagles D was worse than NE’s.
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    It was worse than NE’s only in the minds of Pat fan who didn’t watch the game.

  58. So what you’re saying is that Butler is overrated and the only reason he was able to jump the route in SB 49 and become the hero of that championship was because NE stole the offensive signals from the Seachickens and knew exactly what Sneaky Pete was going to call? Makes sense to me. Print it!

  59. jr325 says:
    What a way to treat a guy who pretty much won you a Super Bowl with a game winning interception…. and I agree that he’s just an average corner but he was really good in the Pat’s scheme, if he wasn’t bill wouldn’t have had him out there for 98% of the teams snaps this year. And Pats fans still think people like the patriots because they are jealous of the winning….. it’s because of shady, caniving and heartless BS like this.
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    Really? But its fine that the Eagles are going to Bench/Trade the guy that CARRIED the Eagles to their first Superbowl victory ever?

    Nike Foles played out of his mind throughout the playoffs…. Here is Pederson the day after the superbowl — We hope to return with Carson Wentz “leading the way”

  60. Regardless of what you think of Butler’s coverage skills, one thing the lad does well is tackle. That’s where the potential difference would have been made.

  61. TheWizard says:
    February 19, 2018 at 4:21 pm
    Regardless of what you think of Butler’s coverage skills, one thing the lad does well is tackle. That’s where the potential difference would have been made.

    ^^This is the most truthful comment about Butler here. He’s physical and can tackle. The rest of it is up for discussion, but we do know that he is good at those two things. Maybe not enough to win the game, but those are things he can do well.

  62. You know he’s just saying what Bill told him to say. I mean, who does he think he is? Sarah Huckabee Sanders?

  63. How many more whines do we have to listen to about Malcolm Butler not starting? What about Drew Bledsoe not starting? At least he wouldn’t have fumbled the game away when Brandon Graham came calling. HAHAHA!

  64. Love all of the Eagles fans feeling their oats here. Live it up, guys… repeating is next to impossible and the joy you are feeling right now will most likely turn into the most painful of gut punches at some point next year. You know why? Because success has bred hope of continuing success. You think this is going to go on for 20 years, just like the Pats. It rarely does, though.

    Great game and great win. As a Pats fan I congratulate your team and your city. The Eagles played hungry and finished where Seattle and Atlanta couldn’t. Enjoy it until it belongs to someone else. But remember your gloating when the fans of whoever beats the Eagles next year dishes it back to you in dump-truck loads. Always sunny…

  65. I read somewhere he allowed a 103 passer rating this year when targeted. That’s a few levels beneath “really good”.

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    Where? The National Enquirer? No sources means jack.

  66. Perhaps Butler was more resistant to throwing the game.
    Or, perhaps it was just easier & less obvious, to throw the game with Butler on the sidelines.

  67. Don’t let Malcolm Butler not playing in the Super Bowl distract you from the fact that the Seahawks threw the ball from the 1 yard line!!!!

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