Malcolm Butler sees some Belichick in Mike Vrabel

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It’s probably not an overstatement to say that Malcolm Butler is a Titan this year because of Bill Belichick.

What’s a bit surprising is how excited he is that his new coach so resembles his old one.

Butler slipped off the Tennessee on a lucrative free agent deal (five years, $61 million), after he spent the Super Bowl in Belichick’s doghouse watching Nick Foles strafe the Patriots defense. But he had nothing but praise for Titans rookie coach Mike Vrabel, who played for Belichick eight years and is well-versed in the Patriot way.

“It’s the Patriots system, one of the greatest systems in the NFL,” Butler said, via Robert Klemko of SI.com. “You can tell Mike played for Belichick because you can see some of the similarities. They’re about winning the way New England is about winning.

“One thing I saw early: Mike will put you on blast. He don’t care who’s around. He’s going to say what’s right. He might be a bit looser than Bill Belichick, but they’re both great guys. A man caught a ball on me—honestly I don’t know his name yet—but Mike let me hear about it. ‘Don’t get stuck on top of the routes like that! Make a play!’ Nobody cares where you come from or what you make. Everyone’s equal. And you can tell from the head coach all the way down to the interns, everybody wants to win.”

While that kind of egalitarianism might have hastened his departure from New England, Butler sounds excited about his fresh start (and doubtless the money that goes with it).

31 responses to “Malcolm Butler sees some Belichick in Mike Vrabel

  1. For a CB that doesn’t even break the top-40 rankings(Bleacherreport), Butler is doing okay for himself. Looks like one pass defended in the SB made him famous. I say, good on him!

  2. neatpete1 says:
    July 16, 2018 at 8:12 am
    So Vrabel doesnt like his act either?
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    Vrabel won’t like his act if Malcolm does not learn the names of the players he is facing. Butler was in New England long enough to know better than that; BB expects his players to know the names of their opponents, the schools their opponents attended, their school mascots, and their opponents school fight song.

    I might be joking about the school fight song, pretty sure I am not joking about the rest.

  3. Many of us are still wondering why Butler was benched for the Super Bowl and whether the Patriots would have won the Super Bowl if had played. I’m sure Nick Foles didn’t complain about it.

  4. I still cannot believe what this guy did last year. He ruined the legacy he had there, by having the ego and greed consume him. And then, his sour behavior, aparaently right into the SB, created a drama that clearly should never have occurred. There’s a reason they CB-needy Lions never even made a pitch for him.

    Belichick may have another Butler in camp right now whether it Keion Crossen or JC Jackson right now for all we know and that player won’t be getting an obscene 30 mil guaranteed to post a passer rating against of 103.

    “He was challenge to ‘get ready’ all year”…”the contract will be an issue all year”…

    Being offered Chris Harris money was more than fair.

  5. jjackwagon says:
    July 16, 2018 at 8:33 am
    For a CB that doesn’t even break the top-40 rankings(Bleacherreport), Butler is doing okay for himself. Looks like one pass defended in the SB made him famous. I say, good on him!

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    Also, good on BB for not overpaying. I am getting the impression Amy Adams is trying to make sure she gets sell outs again in Tenn by having Robinson overpay for Butler like that. A splash here, a splash there, and here come the easily led Tenn fans thinking they’re big time again. lol

  6. Good luck Malcolm… you always drink for free in New England, no matter how it ended. You made probably the greatest play in a SuperBowl that has ever been made…. still stunning to this day!!!

  7. george1859 says:
    July 16, 2018 at 9:10 am
    Let’s get this clear.. Without Brady, there is no “Patriot Way”.

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    Laughable.

    BB was there before Brady, is the GM and Coach and HE is the responsible for the team. Brady is not above the team.

    NUmerous other players put in the hard work, put their head down and commit to the team, not just him.

    They also don’t skip OTAs and do Oprah interviews, claiming more time is neeeded for the famiily, while playing golf with Ricky Fowler.

    Thanks.

  8. Who knows what BB was thinking in the SB. No players have come out against MB since then. Did Tenn over pay a bit? Probably a little. But with MM8 on a rookie deal for another year & at cost contoled salary for another after that this is exactly the time to overpay a bit.

    Butler did everything asked of him in NE. Played hard, played hurt, played well. And followed the stupid “Patriot Way” until it clear they were simply taking advantage of him. And he should have been rewarded with a new contract. And they give all that money to Gilmore, who is pretty good but not better than MB. I live in Boston & everyone here knows he got a raw deal from BB. We will see how it works out in TN. This dude is a competitor & Antonio Brown even says he’s the hardest CB in the league to go against.

  9. brwmstr says:
    July 16, 2018 at 9:04 am
    Good luck Malcolm… you always drink for free in New England, no matter how it ended. You made probably the greatest play in a SuperBowl that has ever been made…. still stunning to this day!!!

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    Yeah, and over that drink I would ask him why he was so shortsighted, selfish and greedy, to the point he took it with him all year into the SB, letting the coaches and his own teammates down.

  10. >>Let’s get this clear.. Without Brady, there is no “Patriot Way”.<<

    It is pretty comical how 50% of the commenters claim the Pats are nothing without Brady, while the other 50% claim that he a s "System Quarterback" whatever that means.

  11. Bottom line:

    Butler declined this past year. He was a good cornerback (never great) when he competed like his life depended on it. Once he soured after Gilmore got the money he thought was his, he let it affect his play and attitude. That’s pretty much it.

    We’ll see if he can improve all that now that he got paid. Usually, the answer is no.

    Still could have used him in the Super Bowl though. The Pats needed all hands on deck in the secondary that day.

  12. Still don’t know what happened but, considering Butler was in tears on the SB sidelines instead of in Belichick’s face, and considering he (like every* ex-Belichick player and staffer) has nothing but good things to say about his old coach, tells you Butler was either still unwell or more likely broke a fundamentally serious team rule – hence no other players have gone ballistic on it either. If I had to guess it’d be he stunk of weed or was too out of it on a legal high that he took to help him train despite being ill. Lateness would have prob just benched him a quarter – unless he was already on a final warning. Belichick is too classy to dump on the guy, or any guy, in public.

    *Moss, Revis & Mangini are the only three I can think of in 18yrs who said something at the time, but all later apologised or expressed regret or went further and said great things about BB.

  13. savethebs says:
    July 16, 2018 at 9:31 am
    Who knows what BB was thinking in the SB. No players have come out against MB since then. Did Tenn over pay a bit? Probably a little. But with MM8 on a rookie deal for another year & at cost contoled salary for another after that this is exactly the time to overpay a bit.

    Butler did everything asked of him in NE. Played hard, played hurt, played well. And followed the stupid “Patriot Way” until it clear they were simply taking advantage of him. And he should have been rewarded with a new contract. And they give all that money to Gilmore, who is pretty good but not better than MB. I live in Boston & everyone here knows he got a raw deal from BB. We will see how it works out in TN. This dude is a competitor & Antonio Brown even says he’s the hardest CB in the league to go against.

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    1. 103 passer rating against
    2. He turned down an average of 8 mil per, Chris Harris money.
    3. He cleaned out his locker after not practicing leading up the SB and flying out separately
    4. Teammates did say his antics deserved a benching.
    5. A coach said “he was difficult to be prepared all year” for games. This was likely Matt Patricia or possibly Brain Flores.
    6. He was mouthing off at coaches in practice during SB week and played like crap in those practices, lacking focus.
    7. He then proceeds to cry simply because he wasn’t starting.

    I would say all of these events doesn’t leave the Coach and DC much confidence in you to have your head right to play in a big game.

    Butler is a 28 year old adult. How on earth this becomes BB’s issue or fault, is beyond me.

    My source is Mike Giardi, a trusted beatwriter, who coaches and players trust telling things. Others include Jeff Howe and Doug Kyed.

  14. Butler plays pats win by 10. Easy. Eric Rowe was abused. Butler would have handled alshon.

  15. There is a good chance that the Pats secondary will improve with Jason McCourty. I’ll wish Butler good fortune and thank him for the greatest play in Super Bowl history. We will always have that.

  16. brwmstr says:
    July 16, 2018 at 9:04 am
    Good luck Malcolm… you always drink for free in New England, no matter how it ended. You made probably the greatest play in a SuperBowl that has ever been made…. still stunning to this day!!!
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    I bet the refs drink for free in New England as well.

  17. unclebluck says:
    July 16, 2018 at 9:03 am
    The REAL question is “did Vrabel pick up on the hoodies CHEATING ways”….
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    You just can’t blame Belichick for the cheating. Kraft has a lot to do with it as well. Then the refs. Then Goodell. SO really Belichick is just following the standards in New England. Yes I know he is a grown man but still usually when your immersed by a culture of cheating you turn into a cheater. But I guess having guys dress up in NFL films gear when he was with the Browns to get video of other teams sideline counts as cheating too.

  18. Let’s see how his attitude changes about Vrabel is after being benched for acting like he did in NE. He’s also being way overpaid for one play. And not much else.

  19. Anyone stating Butler is overrated because of the play he made in the SB made his career is a damn fool. No, he isn’t a top five CB, but he’s a damn good corner nonetheless that plays just as hard as he works.

    Practice jerseys just have numbers, no names so to say he’s not doing his job because he doesn’t know names of his opponents is ridiculous. Hell, players normally call out numbers when getting the defense to focus on a particular person any damn way.

    Also Mike Vrabel never coached for the New England Patriots in any shape or form, he’s just an ex-player that has learned firsthand from some very accomplished coaches what it takes to be successful i.e Belichick.

  20. As for Butler being benched, it’s clear the SB was fixed in favor of the Eagles. Not even a decline in his play justified benching him for other corners nowhere near as good on the biggest stage in the NFL.

    No complaints here, I’m just glad the Patriots didn’t win again making football unbearable like the Warriors are doing with the NBA.

  21. Youknowimright says:
    July 16, 2018 at 10:22 am
    Butler plays pats win by 10. Easy. Eric Rowe was abused. Butler would have handled alshon.

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    Would not have handled Alshon. A smallish CB who is coming into the game at only about 80% would be a plaything to a receiver like Alshon Jeffery. I totally get why Belichick had zero interest in seeing that matchup happen.

  22. My source is Mike Giardi, a trusted beatwriter, who coaches and players trust telling things. Others include Jeff Howe and Doug Kyed.

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    Yeah beat writers for the Pats carry water for the Patriots or they aren’t allowed access & aren’t Patriots beat writers very long. It’s like you don’t even live here.

  23. “Yeah beat writers for the Pats carry water for the Patriots or they aren’t allowed access & aren’t Patriots beat writers very long.”

    You don’t know the Boston market well which is full of the likes of Felger and Ron Borges who constantly rip the Pats and have done so for many years.

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