Malcolm Butler: It’s a new season and a new me

AP

Cornerback Malcolm Butler‘s first season with the Titans didn’t go exactly as planned.

Butler signed a five-year, $61 million deal with the team as a free agent and was expected to be a consistent playmaker on defense in Nashville. Butler fell short of that goal, however, and found himself dropped down the depth chart at times early in the year as the Titans tried to find a way to get him back on track.

His play picked up down the stretch and Butler said this week that the page has been turned from the rough start to his time in Tennessee.

“It’s a new year, a new season and a new me. I’m ready to play,” Butler said, via TitanInsider.com. “I’m very relaxed. It’s not my first rodeo now. I’m relaxed. I know my teammates, I know my coaches and my playbook. I know Nashville and I know hot chicken, so I’m very acquainted.”

The Titans defense held up well despite Butler’s up-and-down performance last year. If he can eliminate some of the valleys this time around, the unit should stand a good chance of repeating that success.

42 responses to “Malcolm Butler: It’s a new season and a new me

  1. If Russell Wilson didn’t choke and make a bad pass in the Superbowl with the game on the line, nobody would even know who Malcom Butler is, much less give him that big contract

  2. He was VERY BAD the first half of last season. I mean, cost them maybe 1-3 games bad. Like one of the worst corners in the league bad. However, he was one of the better corners in the league the last half of the season. Hopefully that is what is he this season since we are paying him as such.

  3. Butler started at CB for 3 full seasons for NE after his historical Super Bowl INT during his rookie season in 2014. He seems to have become a little inconsistent during the 2017 and 2018 seasons. Including being demoted by both the Patriots and the Titans. Makes you wonder if he has grown complacent from time to time?

  4. It was not a “bad pass by Wilson”, it was excellent preparation by the Pats that allowed Butler and Browner to recognize what was coming and make the play.

    Butler will always be loved in New England.

  5. Belichick did it again. Butler severely overplayed his hand after Butler was coached what to do in the SB vs Seattle, Sure he made the great play, but BB and Adams told him it was coming.

    His play was erratic and somewhat atrocious in 2018 and if Jon Jones did not break his foot in 2018, Edelman and Hightower played, Butler’s well deserved non-start in the SB, never would have been a thing and Philly doesn’t sniff that gifted Goodell ring with a fake TD on a juggling ball by Clement.

  6. guy made his whole career on a bad pass by Russell Wilson.
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    wrong. he made the biggest single play in the history of football because the greatest coach in football history:
    1. assembled a staff who did their homework and knew the play was in seattle’s goal line.
    2. taught Butler and Brownard to recognize the formation.
    3. drilled every DB repeatedly on defending it until they finally got it right.
    4. had the guts to sub rookie Butler half way through the game.
    5. kept his cool and let the clock run to apply pressure when everyone else panicked.

    That’s what “luck” is.
    And then to top it off Belichick was ripped when he dealt Butler to pay Gilmore who is the best corner in the league. If you disagree with belichick on football there’s a 99% chance you are WRONG.

  7. nyneal says:
    August 7, 2019 at 9:33 am

    Blah, blah, blah….. guy made his whole career on a bad pass by Russell Wilson.
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    If you want to ignore the fact that the Super Bowl play was a great play by Butler and Brandon Browner, assisted by sensational coaching and preparation by Bill Belichick and staff (where have we heard that before?), you cannot ignore the fact that Butler played well for the Pats, when he was playing, his first three seasons, although his play did slip some his fourth season when he was angling for a too big contract. He got the too big contract anyways, although not from the Pats, and he will always be appreciated for his play in New England.

  8. Belichick made him RICH by show-casing him and then letting him leave for speculated reasons that did not focus on declining pay. Say thank you to the greatest and most generous coach ever.

  9. There is a reason why Bill did not keep him, $12 million a year is grossly overpaid and a cap and team killer for a well below average CB. GM’s and coaches need to stop drooling over Patriot players, Bill is the only one that has figured out how to coach each of them and that is why they fail at an epic rate as free agents. Even Solder was a worthless signing by the Giants, should have been at least an average tackle.

  10. tylawspick6 says:
    August 7, 2019 at 10:14 am

    Philly doesn’t sniff that gifted Goodell ring with a fake TD on a juggling ball by Clement.
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    Enough with the “gifted” SB win for Philly. Does videotaping the Rams walk through SB practice ring a bell? Goodell had the tapes and destroyed them because he said there was nothing of value – sure…

  11. tylawspick6 says:
    August 7, 2019 at 10:14 am
    “Belichick did it again. Butler severely overplayed his hand after Butler was coached what to do in the SB vs Seattle, Sure he made the great play, but BB and Adams told him it was coming.”
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    This I agree with. What is interesting about that play is that they ran it in practice many times in which he failed to make the play. Then, with the Superbowl on the line….he not only makes the stop, he picks the pass off! Crazy.

  12. In NE Butler thrived as the defense played to his strengths … In Tennessee, not so much. The grass isn’t always greener, but I’m sure the $$$ is ! Malcolm, too bad you left … but we have Gilmour now … big improvement !!

    Just Saying

  13. > Then, with the Superbowl on the line….he not only makes the stop, he picks the pass off! Crazy.

    Browner deserves more credit for that play. If you watch the replays you’ll see him directing Butler to make sure they were on the same page.

  14. Ok fellow Pats fans let’s not rewrite history. The Pats did indeed game plan against that play but Wilson still made a horrible throw.

  15. Let’s see, Last year when Butler signed with the Titans, Belichick was a buffoon for benching him in the Superbowl because butler had gotten burned drastically all year, including the Playoffs and Butler had a chip on his shoulder and something to prove to the world about BB. This year Butler is playing for his career because he will surely get cut if his performance doesn’t increase 100% and the Pats have the Best secondary in the NFL. What a difference a year makes. Next Year after Butler gets Cut the Pats will re-sign him to a one year, Team Friendly Prove it Contract and the ever-gracious Pats fans will welcome him back with open arms after he Kisses BBs Ring!

  16. The Next One says:
    August 7, 2019 at 11:17 am
    Ok fellow Pats fans let’s not rewrite history. The Pats did indeed game plan against that play but Wilson still made a horrible throw.

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    Wilson’s ball was where it should be. Pats fought harder and Butler took that spot away and pushed the receiver away going for the ball. I actually blame the receiver more than Wilson. Don’t even Blame Caroll for the play call. At some point you have to give a great team credit for making a great play and that’s what happened. Brandon Browner was a huge part of that play also, telling Butler exactly what to do before the snap.

  17. Russell Wilson threw the ball right to Malcom Butler in the Superbowl. He should have thrown the ball to the receivers back shoulder where only the receiver could catch it. Malcom Butler made a ton of money off Russell Wilson’s choke job.

  18. grogantomorgan says:

    we have Gilmour now … big improvement !!

    Just Saying
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    We didn’t get rid of one and pick up the other. We HAD BOTH, so what are you ‘just saying’ again???

  19. he’ll follow the same career arc as Deion Branch, (what should have been Ty Law), Patrick Chung and now Jamie Collins. He’ll end up getting cut next training camp and come back to NE on a discount and become the best corner in the league… after Gilmore

  20. If he does not do anything else in his career, he will still be my hero for intercepting the pass thrown by Russell Wilson from the one yard line in the Super Bowl. The Butler did it! He ended the Seadork “dynasty.”

  21. It amazes me that some Pats fans always see what they want to see.
    Malcolm Butler may have been prepared and may have know what was coming. But a proper slant pass is thrown low and in front of the receiver. Russel Wilson’s pass was high and behind his receiver. So no, his pass was not “thrown where it was supposed to be,” no matter how badly some of you want it to be true.

  22. camsbiggestfan says:
    August 7, 2019 at 9:42 am
    If Russell Wilson didn’t choke and make a bad pass in the Superbowl with the game on the line, nobody would even know who Malcom Butler is, much less give him that big contract

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    But he did choke, and he made a bad pass, and then the patriots won.

  23. Butler is a dog he works hard but he has limitations plain and simple. hes a very good press db when he has good safety help.

  24. If anyone has ever looked at his PFF ratings, he has consistently been a mediocre corner at best. QB’s have always had a good QBR when throwing in his direction.

  25. He is a product of the Bill Belechick system…

    He was put in the right place at the right time.

    Like many, many other former Patriots starting off in a new system and new team, His weakness’ will come out and therefore he will fail.

  26. PrincePaul says:
    August 7, 2019 at 1:43 pm

    If anyone has ever looked at his PFF ratings, he has consistently been a mediocre corner at best. QB’s have always had a good QBR when throwing in his direction.
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    He was the #1 rated CB in the redzone in 2018, according to PFF…

  27. Underdog story in NE. Plays hard. NE offered him what he would have been worth to NE. Despite all of the negative banter, BB rarely misses on numbers for players NE needs to keep. Hicks is probably the one BB would like to have over.

  28. He was a good player for NE.

    He has not been a good player for the Titans. Maybe he has declined, maybe the coaching isn’t as good in Tennessee, or they just don’t know how to use him.

  29. What is interesting about that play is that they ran it in practice many times in which he failed to make the play.

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    Correct. He kept failing. The night before the Super Bowl BB went over to his position and said “ Malcolm. Look. Push off your back foot and go after the ball!“. Then he got the interception in practice. Finally.

    The rest is history.

  30. Butler took a while to adjust to a new system, that’s all. He is not Butler Island and does need some help deep on elite receivers, plus he is not especially good when the ball arrives. But he is a good CB with good cover skills and his heroic SB play will always be revered by any decent Patriots fan (which excludes most BB suckups).

  31. dregonspengler says:
    August 7, 2019 at 12:59 pm

    It amazes me that some Pats fans always see what they want to see.
    Malcolm Butler may have been prepared and may have know what was coming. But a proper slant pass is thrown low and in front of the receiver. Russel Wilson’s pass was high and behind his receiver. So no, his pass was not “thrown where it was supposed to be,” no matter how badly some of you want it to be true.

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    Under the circumstances (about a minute remaining, second and goal in the Super Bowl no less) the pass was well-thrown. Compare that pass to the one Roger Staubach threw to a wide open Jack Smith in Super Bowl XIII. There was no one within five yards of Smith, who had some of the best hands in football, and Staubach had time. To Staubach’s credit, he admitted it wasn’t a good pass, but that’s understandable in context of the game and situation. He was one of the greatest QBs of all time, throwing the one of the best pass-catching TEs of all time.

    Wilson delivered a decent pass. Had he led the receiver on the throw, Butler would have easily intercepted it, as Butler was coming in from that direction. A low pass might have been better, but then the chances of it being dropped are greater. It’s easy to second guess after the fact, but the pass was decent when you consider the context.

  32. I hate the Patriots & will always consider them cheaters. They should have a Roger Maris permanent asterisk * next to all their SB wins with a notation: confirmed cheaters, fined millions of dollars & multiple draft picks, both the owner & coach have also had hundreds of thousands in individual fines. They cheat.

    Now with that being said. Here is the real reason that ball was intercepted & there is even a documentary series about that SB season where the coaches drilled into Butlers head how to get that INT. Practice & preparation caused that INT. & they baited Seattle into it & it worked.

    The staff knew the play was in seattle’s goal line &taught Butler and Brownard to recognize the formation. They repeatedly drilled every DB repeatedly on defending it until they finally got it right.

    They played Pete Carrol & Darrel Bevell like a fiddle.

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