Patriots players 'not aware' of why Malcolm Butler was benched

Patriots players 'not aware' of why Malcolm Butler was benched

Patriots players 'not aware' of why Malcolm Butler was benched

Butler was benched from defensive duty with, Belichick afterwards offering little reason as to why beyond insisting he picked the players he thought gave New England the best chance of victory. "F--. It is what it is".

Malcolm Butler had the game-winning interception in Super Bowl XLIV.

Eric Rowe, who started in place of Butler, said he learned the news just prior to kickoff.

"It was a coach's decision".

"You know it, I know it, the country knows it - and most importantly, the Patriots themselves know it - that keeping Malcolm Butler on the bench cost them Super Bowl LII", Curran writes. Feel me. That dude has started every game for that team. "That's really all I can say about it".

"They love the way I fight", Butler said.

The 27-year-old, who is a pending free agent, was not happy to have spent the game on the sideline.

"I expect to be back", Brady said.

Butler played 97.8 percent of the defensive snaps in the regular season.

According to, Butler sat because of a sickness he was battling, a tough week of practice leading up to the Super Bowl and a minor team violation. He wasn't on the team's final injury report. "It's a process and we didn't get the conclusion to the process that we wanted". "So it kind of turned out that way with the game and the way it went and some of the situations that came up, that's just the way it went".

Butler covered his eyes with his left hand during the pre-game rendition of "God Bless America" and afterwards said he could have changed the course of the game, which the Patriots lost 41-33.

Butler played just one snap on special teams against Philadelphia. That could always happen, but at this point, I'm not sure it has reached that level.

Neither Patriots' coach Bill Belichick nor the team organization in general have responded to questions about Butler's benching.

What made Johnson Bademosi the decision to play at third cornerback?

At the time, Butler was a little-known undrafted rookie. I ain't know how to feel watching that shit without my man, without my homie, without Malcolm.

They mystery surrounding his benching may never be solved, but Brandon Browner, a former New England Patriots cornerback who won a Super Bowl with the team, the benching had something to do with marijuana. Alshon Jeffery also beat Rowe for a 34-yard touchdown.

Butler was, no surprise, devastated in the aftermath of the Patriots' loss. He has a lot of passion for the game.

However, it's hard to take that comment at face value given that Rowe was apparently not informed he'd play over Butler until mere moments before the game.

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