Texans should target cornerback Malcolm Butler in free agency

06 February, 2018, 13:53 | Author: Darrell Baldwin
  • Bill Belichick characteristically bristly cryptic when asked about Malcolm Butler's benching

However, in Super Bowl LII, with the Patriots in search of their sixth championship, Butler's number was never called. I'm sure the players felt the same way. I have nothing but great things to say about the organization. Pro Football Focus writer Joey Cartolano tweeted that Butler "missed curfew, got caught with weed when he came back late to hotel, and subsequently had a meltdown on coaches". You make the decision to give us the best chance to win. Rowe, who has started 10 of 17 regular-season games in two seasons for the Patriots and is a former Eagle, was beaten by Alshon Jeffrey for a 34-yard touchdown in the first quarter. He told ESPN's Mark Reiss that the team gave up on him.

"I ain't got nothing to say", Butler told reporters in the locker room after the game, per NFL.com's Kevin Patra."They gave up on me. F--". We just felt good about some of those situations that we had out there and some of the matchups that we had that they possessed based on the skill sets that they have.

"We put the best players out there and the game plan out there because we thought it'd be the best to win", Belichick said.

Butler played on special teams in the Patriots' 41-33 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, but didn't play a snap on defence. "But this isn't about me, this is about the team", he added. On the Patriots side, all the buzz from Super Bowl 52 surrounded Malcolm Butler's notable absence in their loss to Philly.

Belichick was asked Monday morning to explain why Butler was on the field for just one play in Sunday's game.




From Super Bowl hero, to Super Bowl no show. We were like, 'This guy's not in the game!

They took full advantage of it by dicing up a Butler-less secondary in a shootout that broke the Super Bowl record for yardage with 1,151.

"Why does everyone want me to retire so bad?" he said. During the Pink sung National Anthem, Butler was seen sobbing on the sideline perhaps because he had just found out he was benched.

For all the struggles the Patriots experienced defensively, the Eagles, right up until the fumble forced by Brandon Graham that effectively clinched the game, had just as much difficulty stopping Brady, who racked up a Super Bowl record 505 passing yards and threw three touchdown passes.

Belichick was pressed for more specifics several times, but declined to provide new insight into the reasoning behind his decision.

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