Malcolm Butler tired of Super Bowl questions

AP

Cornerback Malcolm Butler will play his first game for the Titans soon and perhaps that will shift the attention away from the last game he played.

Butler played one snap on special teams in the Super Bowl, but never saw the field for the Patriots defense in a coaching decision that has not been explained by Bill Belichick at any point since his team’s 41-33 loss to the Eagles. Whether or not that’s the cause of continued questions for Butler about that night, Butler keeps getting them despite saying he “turned the page” shortly after the loss.

“I most definitely get tired of [the questions],” Butler said, via the Tennessean. “Every reporter shooting their shot when they know they’re going to get the same answer. But, you know, everybody wants to know, and what I tell everybody is just ‘coach’s decision.’ And I’ve moved on. I’m a Tennessee Titan and I’m glad to be one.”

Titans General Manager Jon Robinson told Peter King for Football Morning in America that “it’s amazing the run this is still getting,” although the magnitude of the game and Butler’s place in the Patriots defense before that night made it a pretty compelling story. It’s one that Butler has admitted gives him “a little extra gas in the tank,” so Robinson and the Titans might benefit from just how much the topic has come up over the last six months.

32 responses to “Malcolm Butler tired of Super Bowl questions

  1. Welcome to the Titans, MB. Silence the questions and just go play some football which we all know you can do! Go Titans!

  2. I still find it strange that you can have a player make the greatest defensive play in Super Bow history and then just 3 years later that same player doesn’t even get one snap on defense. Talk about a 180. As a Pats fan I wish Malcolm well. He made a play that won the team a Super Bowl and I believe most Patriots fan will always remember him in that light instead of what happened in last year’s Super Bowl. Good luck Butler

  3. Whatever Belichick is refusing to talk about (as is apprpriate, I wont talk about my decisions regarding employyes either) Butler is content with it not being talked about either. That seems to make crazy those that feel entitled to inside personnel info on the basis that ‘they want it’ but really its best for all if everyone just moves on.

  4. Butler will always be loved in New England. That Super Bowl is already ancient history and time to move past it.

  5. Belicheat, the so called genius, screwed up BIG TIME by not playing Butler in the Super Bowl, his big ego got in the way and cost the Pats another Super Bowl.

  6. Look the Kid was undrafted…. Made the team, performed well in practice was given a chance in the biggest game of his life The Super bowl verses the Seahawks….. Makes a super play ( I have that picture hanging on my wall)… because he showed up in practice, studied hard, knew the tendencies of the Seahawks in that situation and stepped up.

    This past super bowl… coaches decision….You read reports, and he wasn’t the same driven kid that last 2 weeks of the season.

    Cleans out his locker before the super bowl

    Was in the hospital for 2 days the week before they flew out ( when the real game plan is put in)

    Misses the team flight out

    Shows poor understanding of the game plan in super bowl practice week

    I am not defending or putting anyone down here….Coach or player.

    But I can say this and I firmly believe in this based on what the coaches saw:

    He wasn’t the same player physically, mentally in the super bowl verses the Eagles as he was in the Seahawks…..

    Now as he himself has said can we move on from this.

  7. Michael E says:
    August 6, 2018 at 8:24 am
    I wouldn’t even speak to the media.
    ———————————————

    No doubt the feeling is mutual but Butler doesn’t have much choice.

    The league’s media policy is clear: “Players must be available to the media following every game and regularly during the practice week as required under league rules. Star players, or other players with unusually heavy media demands, must be available to the media…”

  8. Malcolm’s benching, kneeling for the anthem, TO shuns hall of fame…All topics I could go the rest of my life with not hearing about again. The clock is ticking for the first guy to tear his acl in a preseason game so we can hear the cancel the preseason debate (which will never happen) again and again. Please just let the games start!!!

  9. What Tennessee wants is the aggressive, risk-taking Butler, which is what they’ve gotten so far. “We talked,” coach Mike Vrabel told me, “and I said if you’re willing to compete like that undrafted free agent coming out of college every single day, we’ll all be happy. And he’s done that every single day.”

    There’s the answer right there. Malcolm Butler wasn’t competing in 2017 in New England. The Titans made sure he would be for them – made sure they’d be getting the 2014 Butler – before signing him to a contract. If his effort, attititude wasn’t a problem, there would have been no need for ‘the talk’ from Vrabel.

  10. All these players jumping to conclusions and putting their spin on social issues and being ME FIRST yet Mr. Butler doesn’t want to say anything?

    He’s guilty of doing something wrong.

    Mr. Belichick is covering for him by not answering that Mr. Butler was his own worst enemy and cause for the benching. He could air all the dirty laundry he knows but is being the better man.

    I’m shocked no one like Adam Schefter or even Stugotz hasn’t gotten insider information for the real reason.

  11. rideforjesus says:
    August 6, 2018 at 8:57 am

    Look the Kid was undrafted…. Made the team, performed well in practice was given a chance in the biggest game of his life The Super bowl verses the Seahawks….. Makes a super play ( I have that picture hanging on my wall)… because he showed up in practice, studied hard, knew the tendencies of the Seahawks in that situation and stepped up.

    This past super bowl… coaches decision….You read reports, and he wasn’t the same driven kid that last 2 weeks of the season.

    Cleans out his locker before the super bowl

    Was in the hospital for 2 days the week before they flew out ( when the real game plan is put in)

    Misses the team flight out

    Shows poor understanding of the game plan in super bowl practice week

    I am not defending or putting anyone down here….Coach or player.

    But I can say this and I firmly believe in this based on what the coaches saw:

    He wasn’t the same player physically, mentally in the super bowl verses the Eagles as he was in the Seahawks…..

    Now as he himself has said can we move on from this.
    —————————————————-

    While I agree, time to move
    on, your comments aren’t really fair to Malcolm.

    Cleans out locker? Everyone knew he wasn’t going to be on the Pats this year- how would cleaning out his locker stop you from playing him in the last , most important game of the year? Chandler Jones wandered into a police station overdosed on synthetic marijuana 3 weeks or so before SB49- still played. Cleaning out a locker is minor in comparison, hardly a slight, and has been done by many players before.

    Yes, he went to the hospital with the flu, but didn’t stay overnight, and didn’t “miss” the team plane- It has been the Patriots STANDARD practice for years now that anyone with any possibly communicable illness flies separately from the team.

    The “poor understanding of the game plan” was debunked a while ago.

    There is no scenario that can be justified for him at least getting a chance to play at some point in the second half. He wasn’t even rotated in for a play or two in relief.

    We’ll never know,may not have mattered- the Eagles played a great game, but it, and Gilmore not covering Jeffries from the start will always be odd game planning to me, and most other Pats fans.

  12. Casca’s friend says:
    August 6, 2018 at 9:57 am
    All these players jumping to conclusions and putting their spin on social issues and being ME FIRST yet Mr. Butler doesn’t want to say anything?

    He’s guilty of doing something wrong.

    Mr. Belichick is covering for him by not answering that Mr. Butler was his own worst enemy and cause for the benching. He could air all the dirty laundry he knows but is being the better man.

    I’m shocked no one like Adam Schefter or even Stugotz hasn’t gotten insider information for the real reason.
    —————————————————-
    Chowds always covering for their Serial Cheating coach…your entire post is nothing but speculation. Here is my speculations…Hoodie asks Butler to cheat via PED or whatever and player refuses……Hoodie benches player….see how easy that was?

  13. Butler said as much last week why he didn’t play – they went with the guys who were ‘mentally ready’ to play.

  14. Ron Jull says:
    August 6, 2018 at 9:27 am
    Better off being away from the Empire of Cheating.

    ——–

    To which empire are you referring…..The Broncos or the Colts?

  15. Butler had an off year, but was still rated as a middle of the pack corner last year and the Patriots played Jordan Richards and Jonathan Bademosi ahead of Butler in the SB. Sorry, but questions should be answered.

  16. I’m guessing Belichick asked Butler to do morally wrong things in the way of cheating…..Butler refused so he didn’t play.

  17. He wasn’t the same player physically, mentally in the super bowl verses the Eagles as he was in the Seahawks…..

    Now as he himself has said can we move on from this.

    ————-

    How could he be if he didnt even play in the Eagles SB?

  18. The reason why Butler was benched in Super bowl is because of BB ignorant 3 cone analytic approach to his gameplanning matchups and roster building.

    Howie Roseman and Eagles use this same 3 cone in drafting and matchups just like NE does.

    Malcolm Butler 3 cone time was 7.20 at his pro day
    Eric Rowe 3 cone time was 6.70 and 20 yrd shuttle 3.97

    With the gameplan of covering Alshon Jeffrey (whos 3 cone is 6.71) Who in BB mind would be better analytical matchup? Butler or Rowe?

    Its that simple

    Look at all of BB FA signing/Draft picks past several years.

    Sometimes you need to consider the players heart in analytics and If Butler played Brady would have his 6th its that simple

  19. vaphinfan says:
    August 6, 2018 at 12:56 pm
    I’m guessing Belichick asked Butler to do morally wrong things in the way of cheating…..Butler refused so he didn’t play.
    _____

    Yes and lets look into why Jordan Richards and Bademosi played over Butler.

    Once Rowe was getting tourched by Jeffrey BB moved Stephon Gilmore (6.61 3 cone) to cover Alshon Jeffrey

    Jordan Richards (6.74 3cone)
    Johnson Bademosi (6.96 3 cone)

    Compared to Butler (7.20 3 cone)

    Wonder how Eagles UDFA RB in Corey Clement can be such a matchup nightmare? (6.71 3cone)

    SOmetimes you gotta take into account player drive, will, and heart in analytics. If Butler played Patriots would of won.

    P.S. Phinsfan you Dolphins finally woke up to this 3 cone trend and look at your draft class 😉

  20. pastabelly says:
    August 6, 2018 at 11:53 am
    Butler had an off year, but was still rated as a middle of the pack corner last year and the Patriots played Jordan Richards and Jonathan Bademosi ahead of Butler in the SB. Sorry, but questions should be answered.

  21. pastabelly says:
    August 6, 2018 at 11:53 am
    Butler had an off year, but was still rated as a middle of the pack corner last year and the Patriots played Jordan Richards and Jonathan Bademosi ahead of Butler in the SB. Sorry, but questions should be answered.
    _________

    Yes and lets look into why Jordan Richards and Bademosi played over Butler.

    Once Rowe was getting tourched by Jeffrey BB moved Stephon Gilmore (6.61 3 cone) to cover Alshon Jeffrey
    Jordan Richards (6.74 3cone)
    Johnson Bademosi (6.96 3 cone)
    Compared to Butler (7.20 3 cone)
    Wonder how Eagles UDFA RB in Corey Clement can be such a matchup nightmare? (6.71 3cone)
    SOmetimes you gotta take into account player drive, will, and heart in analytics. If Butler played Patriots would of won.

  22. Interesting- That’s a lot of 3 cone talk!

    i get why that might effect your initial game plan, but at some point it has to go out the door when it’s not working. And no one has ever said “my defense is better because I have Richards and Bademosi out on the field” They’re special teamers at best, and I doubt both will make the roster this year.

    Just for fun i looked up Cyrus Jones- 6.71 3 cone drill- beats them all- and I think every pats fan agrees he can’t cover anyone, or do much of anything when he plays. (nice kid though)

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