Malcolm Butler: Patriots 'gave up on me' in Super Bowl


Two words that will live in Patriot lore forever.

At the time, Butler was a little-known undrafted rookie. The violation might have involved a curfew issue related to Butler attending a Rick Ross concert during Super Bowl week, Rapoport said.

That strategy has always been associated with Napoleon, and they are words that Patriots coach Bill Belichick has lived by throughout his incredibly successful National Football League career.

Butler was on the field for one snap with the Patriots defense. A chance at a third ring was never in his control.

Three years after Butler sealed a Super Bowl win for the Patriots with a last-minute interception, the cornerback did not play on defence due to a "coach's decision". In fact, he said that it was based on the gameplan.

Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia, who was named head coach of the Detroit Lions Monday afternoon, likewise declined to offer any insight into why Butler wasn't used.

Browner doubled down in a subsequent post, saying "a locker room was divided pregame".

The Eagles were prepared all week that if realistic opportunities were there, they would take them. "I don't know. But I could have changed that game", he told ESPN's Mike Reiss. "Don't know what it was". "I guess I wasn't playing good".

"In Honor of the Super Bowl, you know who I got". Despite the situation, "Strap", the name given to him by his teammates, continued to exemplify his professionalism.

"No, that wasn't the plan", Rowe said.

"They gave up on me", Butler said after the loss.

Butler's relationship with the Patriots has been rocky over the past calendar year. Butler can help improve the defense to make that run possible. By then, Malcolm Butler will likely be on a new team.

Browner played three seasons for the Seattle Seahawks before landing with the Patriots in 2014. If only slightly. Now, it is damaged beyond fix. He wasn't on the team's final injury report.

But when it came time for kickoff at U.S. Bank Stadium, Butler could be seen fighting back tears on the sideline. It was the Eagles who were able to make the one play, as Brandon Graham registered the only sack in the game in the fourth quarter when a defensive play was needed most. Rowe told reporters after the game that he wasn't originally supposed to start.

The Patriots shockingly benched Butler for the entire game. This wasn't genius. From a purely football perspective, it was a bone-headed call, which beckons the question: What was the actual reason behind a decision that clearly made the Patriots worse on the field? You done a lot for that team and that community it's ok to move on, ' he wrote on Sunday.

"We hadn't really slowed them down", said Pederson.