A day after the Patriots misplaced to the Eagles in Tremendous Bowl LII, there nonetheless was not a transparent reply for why Invoice Belichick benched cornerback Malcolm Butler.
Butler, who performed in 97.eight% of defensive snaps all season, didn’t play a single down on protection within the 41-33 loss and on a convention name Monday morning Belichick refused to elaborate on his determination.
“I respect Malcolm’s competitiveness. I’m certain he felt like he may have helped,” Belichick stated. “In the long run, now we have to make the selections which might be finest for the soccer crew… that’s actually all I can say about that.”
In the meantime, former Patriots nook Brandon Browner, who was teammates with Butler in 2014 when he had the game-winning interception in Tremendous Bowl XLIX, ripped his former coach and accused him of dividing the Patriots locker room.
Philadelphia Eagles vs. New England Patriots at U.S. Financial institution Stadium
“A locker room was divided pre sport, most yds ever given in up in a SB sport, and your finest defender over the previous three seasons. Does not get a snap. You the place damage/burnt the place he was wanted tonight..#foolishpride,” he wrote after the sport below an image of Butler in tears in the course of the nationwide anthem.
Amongst those that favored the submit was exterior linebacker Dont’a Hightower, who went on the IR in Week 5 however is below contract for 3 extra years with the Patriots.
Former Patriots defenders Jamie Collins and Alfonzo Dennard additionally favored the submit.
Browner continued to tear Belichick in one other submit an hour later.
“Gamers play and Coaches are purported to Coach, Invoice was out coached for not letting his gamers play,” he stated.
Browner was not the one former Patriot upset with the choice. Ty Legislation, who received three Tremendous Bowls below Belichick, additionally needed solutions.
“We Have to unravel this Malcolm Butler scenario,” Legislation stated on Twitter. “I’m baffled about this one. We wanted that man on the sphere.”
Butler, who was sick all week, stated after the sport that the Patriots “gave up on me” and added he may have made a distinction within the sport.
His alternative, Eric Rowe, was focused by Eagles quarterback Nick Foles and was beat on a 34-yard landing to Alshon Jeffery within the first quarter.