Malcolm Butler viewing Patriots as “just another game”

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Cornerback Malcolm Butler‘s first eight games of the 2018 season have not featured as much success as the Titans were hoping to see when they signed him as a free agent this offseason.

Passes thrown in Butler’s direction are resulting in completions over 72 percent of the time and he’s coming off a game against the Cowboys that saw both Dallas scores come on throws to players covered by Butler. Titans coach Mike Vrabel said this week that Butler will not be demoted and Butler said Wednesday that he has “eight weeks to try to make up for it.”

The first of those weeks will feature Butler matching up against his former team. Butler’s time with the Patriots featured great highs and ended on a low as Butler was benched for Super Bowl LII against the Eagles. Butler said Wednesday that neither those circumstances nor the need to play better have him viewing this week’s game differently than he would if another team was on the schedule.

“It’s just a game,” Butler said, via the Tennessean. “I know I used to play for New England and all of that. I’m not over-hyped. I’m not very pumped. It’s just another game. I’ve got to be ready to play no matter who I play. People are throwing the ball. Just have to be ready.”

Given the way Butler’s played, there’s every reason to think that his preparation for this week would be a big issue around the Titans regardless of who they were playing. The fact that it is the Patriots only increases the spotlight as he tries to fix what’s gone wrong this year.

24 responses to “Malcolm Butler viewing Patriots as “just another game”

  1. Stay humble in victory. Malcolm did not. He let being a Super Bowl hero get to his head and thought he was invincible and forgot the work that got him a starting job and fell way back to earth. Once again the Patriots and Belichick prove to the World that they are in fact the smartest people in the room and not the media who almost universally covered the issue as a blunder by Belichick.

  2. The right thing for Butler to say, and football is just a game after all, but, the fact is, for most of the 21st century to date the Patriots are never just another game for opposing teams, even in pre-season.

  3. There’s no way this is just another game for him. Not playing in the Super Bowl and it becoming a national story has to motivate him, and that will stick with him for a lifetime.

    The Pats gave him an opportunity which led to his financial windfall with the Titans, so I’m sure he’s cool with that part of it as he recalls what Belichick did for him.

  4. We love you Malcolm but you let your game slip away. Now you play for Tennessee so it is time for you to rejuvenate your career or you will be out of the league soon. In any event you will always be a HERO in New England!! Wish the game was home so we could show our appreciation

  5. Well dang, I was hoping there would be extra motivation and that would inspire him to not suck as bad as he has been.

  6. Yeah…. just another game to get abused…..
    ALWAYS will be thankful for his SB PICK, but disappointed things went to his head & he obviously did something foolish before the the last one……..
    Go Pats!!!!!

  7. The infamous downside of being the feel good, out of no where, scrappy guy who scratched and clawed his way to stardom and became a solid NFL player…expectations. It’s no thing to play like an all pro when nobody expects one to; the compensation is low and one has to always prove that they belong and deserve more. Many people thrive in that kind of environment. It’s another thing when a team pays a player like an all pro and one has to go out and justify the salary. Many people, conversely fail or disappoint in this self imposed, internally pressurized environment. Pressure busts pipes or makes diamonds. We will see.

  8. mcnabbster says:
    November 8, 2018 at 6:52 am
    Stay humble in victory. Malcolm did not. He let being a Super Bowl hero get to his head and thought he was invincible and forgot the work that got him a starting job and fell way back to earth. Once again the Patriots and Belichick prove to the World that they are in fact the smartest people in the room and not the media who almost universally covered the issue as a blunder by Belichick.

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    yep. sad story

    he owes his career to bb and he strangely rejected 7 mil per to play nickel and play in conf title games

    the crying said it all

  9. ambrosiniwine says:
    November 8, 2018 at 9:12 am
    And the Patriots view Malcolm Butler as just another cornerback
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    I might add that TB views him as just another CB to torch. Tough to try to resurrect your season against the GOAT – maybe next game Malcolm.

  10. He was a mediocre CB that saved NE a SB win – became a hero then he
    got an “attitude” & Belichick made him history!
    There’s a reason why NE rolls smoothly like a well oiled machine every season –
    Belichick doesn’t put any one player on a pedestal, to him their all parts of
    the machine and all have a job to do.
    And a BIG part of that job in NE is maintaining a POSITIVE attitude!

  11. Why can’t fans just believe that Belichick thought he had a better chance to win the super bowl with Malcolm Butler on the bench?

  12. As a Patriots fan myself, I can’t understand why my fellow fans are so sensitive about anything fans feel slighted about. I mean my goodness, we root for the best team in modern sports history. Why does everything have to be pro Patriots all the time?

    Both Butler and Ryan are good starting level CB’s that help the Pats win games that made us happy. Must we throw everything under the duck boat once they leave NE? Why not be more like BB and take the high road. I wish them well. May the best men win.

  13. He’s right. Beligoat traded both his all-pro qb and all-pro defensive captain within his division and never missed a beat. It’s about who executes week to week, not ancient history. Butler has a another good coach in Vrabel and he can play well again.

  14. Moat Pats fan kicking this guy in the butt now that he’s having a tough year are hypocrites. At least outwardly, when Butler was in NE he was humble, classy, hard working, and loved by his teammates to a man. He should have at least seen a couple series in the Super Bowl.

  15. Patriots fans amuse me. The second they are off the team they are treated like garbage by the Patriots fans. What’s going to happen to the Patriots fans when Brady and Belichick retire? Which bandwagon will they jump on?

  16. While many regard Malcolm’s SB winning interception the highlight of his career, I would argue fleecing the Titans out of $62 mill for 5 years is tops.

  17. Malcolm Butler had an amazing run for the pats and it was nice to see him being paid as the man by the Titans. Thank you. He deserved it for what he did for us. Now, perhaps he can do a Patrick Chung and come back to us.

  18. Well, he will net the Pats a nice 3rd round comp pick in the upcoming draft, so he is the gift that just seems to keep giving…… let’s hope he’s in the giving mood this Sunday & gives the Pats WR’s 2-3 TD’s!!!!
    Go Pats!!!!!

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