They didn't feel comfortable.
"I was just doing my job supporting my teammates". I can't wait to find out what really happened. "Great organization. They gave me the opportunity".
The Patriots did not win, though, and the defense played a large role in why Belichick was denied his sixth Lombardi Trophy as a head coach. "We put the best - the players out there and the game plan out there that we thought would be the best tonight like we always do", he said, convincing no one.
So where could Butler land next season? He spoke following the game, expressing his frustration with not being in the lineup. Butler had been dealing with a sickness earlier in the week but appeared healthy as the week progressed. In time, we might get it all. If he was called upon, he was ready to play in those packages if that situation arose. "That's how the game goes sometimes".
Some have speculated that Butler did something wrong before the game, while others have postulated that is a contract move by Belichick considering Butler is set to be a free agent.
"There are a lot of things that go into that", Belichick told reporters Monday.
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Asked about what happened after the game, Butler said, "I ain't got nothing to say" before leaving the locker room at U.S. Bank Stadium. I'm sure that he felt like he could've helped. I just feel that way.
Belichick said immediately after the game that benching Butler was a football decision, and was not a disciplinary action.
His replacement was Eric Rowe, who gave up an integral 34-yard touchdown to star receiver Alshon Jeffrey.
The Eagles were also among those surprised by Butler's absence. "He was a favorite for us for what he can do, but ... it probably felt like they can use him, like he was a pawn, a piece of this game". They have 23 [Patrick Chung] in there. Coach Belichick told the media that he wanted to give his team, "the best chance to win", obviously feeling that Malcolm Butler who finished the regular season with 55 tackles and 2 interceptions was not up to the task of defending the Eagles receivers.
Remember, this is a man who pulled veteran cornerback Kyle Arrington for an unknown undrafted rookie named Malcolm Butler in Super Bowl XLIX. The violation might have involved a curfew issue related to Butler attending a Rick Ross concert during Super Bowl week, Rapoport said. That was a [expletive] call, [expletive] decision.
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