Malcolm Butler saved the Patriots in a single Tremendous Bowl, however he was by no means given an opportunity to play the hero once more this time.
The Patriots nook, who had the game-winning interception in Tremendous Bowl XLIX three years in the past in opposition to the Seahawks, didn’t play any defensive snaps in New England’s 41-33 loss to the Eagles in Tremendous Bowl LII at U.S. Financial institution Stadium in Minneapolis on Sunday.
Butler, who was sick all week however didn’t assume that will have an effect on his standing, tried to remain silent after the sport, telling an NFL.com reporter “I ain’t acquired nothing to say,” however finally couldn’t hold his true emotions to himself for much longer.
“They gave up on me,” he informed ESPN’s Mike Reiss. “F–k. It’s what it’s.”
“I don’t know what it was,” Butler added. “I assume I wasn’t taking part in good or they didn’t really feel snug. I don’t know. However I may have modified that sport.”
Belichick denied the benching was as a result of disciplinary causes and reiterated what he informed NBC’s Michelle Tafoya at halftime, that he “made selections that give us the most effective likelihood to win.”
The Patriots didn’t win, although, and the protection performed a big function in why Belichick was denied his sixth Lombardi Trophy as a head coach.
Former Patriots nook Brandon Browner sounded off on Instagram in a collection of posts ripping the Patriots and Invoice Belichick, who he says “misplaced the sport for us tonight” by benching Butler.
“Misplaced the sport for us tonight, silly determination and is mindless,” Browner posted alongside a photograph of Belichick. “You make the choice to offer us the most effective likelihood to win. However u don’t play your greatest cornerback. F–k the Politics..”
Browner additionally sympathized with the emotion expressed by Butler, telling the benched cornerback “to maneuver on.”
“your spirit was throughout that sport tonight. Undoubtedly seen it, that they had safeties protecting WR to show a degree. God bless u my good friend, hold preventing, I noticed you tear up pre sport, first signal. You accomplished quite a bit for that staff and that group it’s okay to maneuver on..”
Philadelphia Eagles vs. New England Patriots at U.S. Financial institution Stadium
The Patriots protection allowed 538 whole yards — probably the most ever by a Belichick-coached staff — and allowed the Eagles to transform on 10 of 16 third downs and two fourth downs, together with a fourth-and-1 on the purpose line which resulted in a landing for Philadelphia earlier than the half.
The 33 factors the Patriots scored on offense have been additionally probably the most factors scored by a shedding staff in Tremendous Bowl historical past.
Butler, who performed 97.eight % of the defensive snaps this season, was changed by Eric Rowe, who didn’t know he was taking part in till proper earlier than the sport, in accordance with NBC Sports activities Boston.
Whereas Butler struggled at instances this season, Rowe didn’t look like a lot of an enchancment, getting beat by Alshon Jeffery on a 34-yard landing within the first quarter.
Butler, 27, signed a one-year take care of the Patriots previous to the season and is an unrestricted free agent this offseason however it’s laborious to think about him again in New England subsequent season.