Malcolm Butler’s Super Bowl benching gives him a “little extra gas in the tank”

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A day after Bill Belichick declined to talk about Malcolm Butler‘s Super Bowl benching, Malcolm Butler was asked about Malcolm Butler’s benching. The Titans’ new cornerback was more than willing to address the topic.

Butler said playing only one special teams snap and none on defense has provided extra motivation for this season.

Most definitely,” Butler said, via Terry McCormick of titaninsider.com. “I’m very fueled, and I’ve always been this way, but I’ve got a little extra gas in the tank,”

The benching remains a mystery, but it didn’t hurt Butler in free agency. He signed a five-year, $61 million contract with the Titans, who have former Patriot Mike Vrabel as their new head coach.

Butler is off to a good start, taking the ball from receiver Corey Davis in one-on-one drills Thursday before punting it to the other end of the field.

“This ain’t no [expletive] OTAs,” Butler yelled at Davis, according to McCormick.

32 responses to “Malcolm Butler’s Super Bowl benching gives him a “little extra gas in the tank”

  1. It puzzles me why, in this prolific information age, we don’t know why M.B was benched? I know Bill never says anything of substance, but someone must know what the deal was?

  2. bowenfootdoc2013 says:
    July 26, 2018 at 5:28 pm
    It puzzles me why, in this prolific information age, we don’t know why M.B was benched? I know Bill never says anything of substance, but someone must know what the deal was

    It puzzles everyone, but the only two people that really know the truth are Bill and Butler. It had to be something Butler did, that he is not proud of, otherwise he would probably say.

  3. Malcolm Butler’s benching has been explained numerous times. People don’t want to accept the simple truth. It DID NOT cost the Pata the Super Bowl. Let it go. There is no conspiracy or secret truth. Move on

  4. People that think Belichick would ever sacrifice his legacy or a SBowl win to prove a point are abject idiots. It’s always about winning

  5. It’s not much of a mystery/conspiracy:-
    1) Butler said he thinks it was because he’d been ill, then in hospital, days before.
    2) Butler was in tears on the sidelines rather than Belichick’s face, tells you he knew the reason and he’d done something wrong.
    3) My guess is he’d overdosed on a legal high he took to help him train while ill.
    4) Either way, Belichick is silent not because he’s arrogant but because he doesn’t throw guys under the bus – current nor former.
    5) Butler was no longer the best corner on the Pats by the SB – Gilmore was – and a subpar Butler could have put the game out of reach well before the hail mary.
    6) Endless talk of Butler diminishes the Eagles’ accomplishment.

  6. Belichick said it was a “football decision”. That’s it, folks. He is a concise speaker who will give you one answer the fist time, and that’s his answer. People get so offended when he doesn’t use more words than necessary. His mother is a linguist, so he must have learned that from her.

  7. I am constantly amazed at how lowball motivated these NFL players are – apparently this is not a profession at all (and hence we should pay them much less). If it takes a benching in the most important game to give you extra gas, what kind of player are you really? Most intelligent and professional players find an extra gear for the Snooper Bowl. Apparently Butler is just below Cam Cheating in motivational reasons to expend extra energy in the big game.

  8. streetyson says:
    July 26, 2018 at 6:02 pm

    3) My guess is he’d overdosed on a legal high he took to help him train while ill.

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    Thanks for clearing all this up.

  9. ayokel21 says:
    July 26, 2018 at 6:16 pm
    When it comes to losing Superbowls, the Patriots are the Bills of the AFC
    – —-c

    Huh? BB and Brady are 5-3 together. Thats half of their seasons that have gone all the way to the to the SB. And they have won 2/3 of those times. No other team compares.

  10. BB doesn’t burn his player no matter how much the media tries to bully him.

    Butler spoke about it in March.

    “I never got a reason,” Butler told the Herald. “I feel like this was the reason: I got kind of sick. I went to the hospital. They probably thought I was kind of late on the game plan; I wasn’t as locked in as I should be and could have been a matchup deal. It could have been anything. But Bill Belichick has been doing this for a very long time. He took a veteran out of Super Bowl XLIX (against the Seahawks) and put in a first-year rookie, and that turned out right, so you could never question his decision. It didn’t work out right (against the Eagles). It didn’t work out the best for me or him or the New England Patriots. But I can say he won more than he lost, so it is what it is. I always have love for New England, Bill Belichick, Mr. Kraft, all those guys. Life just goes on.”

  11. Beating a dead horse here. Move on, we’ve got some football games to play very soon.

  12. bowenfootdoc2013 says:
    July 26, 2018 at 5:28 pm

    It puzzles me why, in this prolific information age, we don’t know why M.B was benched? I know Bill never says anything of substance, but someone must know what the deal was?

    He never burns his players and he did answer, he said he did what was best for the team. He says a lot of things of substance if he’s asked football questions. It’s a clinic. The media loves TMZ type questions.

  13. The same logic Belichick had that got Malcolm playing time in SB 49 that lead to MB being a household name was the same logic that got him benched in 52. Belichick was looking for the best guy who could help his team win..

  14. Been explained many times—he was sick, his attitude wasn’t great all year over money he felt should have been his and not Gilmore’s, and he was underperforming all year as well.

    Having said that, I would have liked to seen him in the 2nd half as Nick Foles was picking the secondary apart at will. Would it have made the difference? No one will ever know now. Just one of those “what if” things at this point.

  15. Malcolm Butler knows why he was benched. He deserved it and he knows it. Congrats on the money, but the Pats were smart not to pay him. He couldn’t have handled Philly’s big Wed.

  16. ikeclanton says:
    July 26, 2018 at 7:09 pm
    Been explained many times—he was sick, his attitude wasn’t great all year over money he felt should have been his and not Gilmore’s, and he was underperforming all year as well.

    Having said that, I would have liked to seen him in the 2nd half as Nick Foles was picking the secondary apart at will. Would it have made the difference? No one will ever know now. Just one of those “what if” things at this point.
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    Is that why he started ever game that season including the playoffs? If you want to side with management, fine. But at least have your facts straight.

  17. variant703 says:
    July 26, 2018 at 7:17 pm
    ikeclanton says:
    July 26, 2018 at 7:09 pm
    Been explained many times—he was sick, his attitude wasn’t great all year over money he felt should have been his and not Gilmore’s, and he was underperforming all year as well.

    Having said that, I would have liked to seen him in the 2nd half as Nick Foles was picking the secondary apart at will. Would it have made the difference? No one will ever know now. Just one of those “what if” things at this point.
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    Is that why he started ever game that season including the playoffs? If you want to side with management, fine. But at least have your facts straight.

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    Opposing QBs had a 96.6 passer rating against him. Straight fact.

  18. variant703 says:
    July 26, 2018 at 6:57 pm
    He’s the single reason the Pats won that 4th ring. Every time he’s around BB he should wear it and tap on it remind him of it.
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    A football game is 60 minutes long. There is never just a ‘single thing’. In fact, take away the catch Kearse made on Butlertwo plays before and they are not even looking in the end zone. There are several plays during that game that if you take one away the Pats are up by more than one score at the end. There are plays you take one away and the Seahawks are leading at the end. All games are like that.

  19. Does Butler turn the game around? Probably not, given how much mojo the Eagles had. The question is why the heck he didn’t have the chance to try. I mean, seriously, short of being another Aaron Hernandez, there’s no justification for not trying to have him play. But we know he dressed, so it wasn’t that dramatic.

    The Patriots did not stop the Eagles at all. Even if there was an evaluation that Butler was not good enough, that evaluation went out the window when his replacements offered zero value. You literally could not do worse than what the Patriots put out on the field. Start the game benched? Sure. End the game without a snap when your defense is getting shredded? What?

    This isn’t even about “what could have been”. Eagles were team of destiny that night. It’s about understanding how a guy who was your starter all year didn’t get to try when nothing else was working.

  20. he screwed up, he had to go. belichick made him from a nobody and belichick got rid of him when he became a liability. in BeliGOAT we trust.

  21. Art of the crowd says:
    July 26, 2018 at 8:09 pm

    Opposing QBs had a 96.6 passer rating against him. Straight fact.

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    No doubt Butler had a down year- but regardless of regular season stats- they still kept him in all year, and he was their #2 corner, and I can say without any doubt that Butler on his worse day is better than Richards, Bademosi etc, and Rowe said he found out he was starting an hour before the game, and Butler took all snaps in practice- so can’t see how reg. season stats come in to play here.

    Stories of Bill throwing the game are of course ridiculous, and ultimately it probably was a combination of a “football decision” and Bill not liking Butler to not start him, even if it was clearly wrong. What can’t be defended is why he was dressed for the game, and never even got in at some point, even if only to spell/rest other guys, and they did bench/rotate in far lesser players than Butler.

    Eagles had a great win, and it was certainly a great game to watch, it just doesn’t feel like we did everything to win without Butler, in addition to a few other odd in game calls.

  22. Why bother activating him? There were some inactives who might have helped the team and been on the field for more than just one play.

    Also, I would think more than just Butler and Belichick know why. At least Matt Patricia should also know.

  23. TheDPR says:
    July 27, 2018 at 11:31 am

    Also, I would think more than just Butler and Belichick know why. At least Matt Patricia should also know.

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    I thought it was telling that at Patricia’s Detroit Press Conference he just danced around the question in an incomprehensible way for such an articulate guy, then praised Malcom’s excellent play, work ethic and what a good teammate he was, and that he loved him like a son

    Considering the contract he got with Tenn., you have to think they know something about it as well given the Vrabel and GM Robinson connection to the Pats.

  24. If he’s in for the second half, or even just the 4th quarter, and is able to break up just ONE additional play, Pats probably win. I believe Belichick cost the Pats, their fans, and Brady a Super Bowl due to plain stubbornness.

  25. The man got a 62 MILLION DOLLAR CONTRACT… yet BB’s value for him was ZERO. The genius coach couldn’t find ANY way for Butler to contribute. Didn’t matter how bad we got torched in the SB, Butler wasn’t worth playing a single snap. BB’s number one saying “I do what’s best for the team” Yeah, sure you do Bill. Benching Butler was OBVIOUSLY -NOT- what was ‘best for the team”.

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