Bill Belichick Asked Again About His Decision To Bench Malcolm Butler

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Watch: Belichick on Malcolm Butler-"We put the best players out there that we thought would be the best tonight".

Whatever the reason for that mysterious move by the New England coaching staff, it did not pan out as the Patriots allowed 373 passing yards and three touchdowns to Eagles quarterback Nick Foles in his Super Bowl MVP-winning performance.

"Man, Bill wasn't right at all tonight, man", Browner said in an expletive-laden Instagram post.

Matchups are important, but it is hard to believe that Butler couldn't have helped the Patriots.

The Patriots' defense struggled mightily against the Eagles, surrendering the most points (41) and total yards (538) of any playoff game under Belichick.

Belichick also heard criticism from former Patriots cornerbacks Brandon Browner and Ty Law, who disagreed with Belichick's decision to bench their starting cornerback. "In the end we have to make the decision that we feel are best for the football team". "I am sure other players felt the same way, but in the end, we have to make the decisions that we feel are best for the football team and that is what we did... that is what I did".

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On NFL Network's postgame show, analysts and former players LaDainian Tomlinson and Deion Sanders agreed that benching Butler cost the Patriots dearly. "But u don't play your best cornerback". "I don't know what it was". "I'm sure the players felt the same way".

"A locker room was divided pre game", Browner wrote in a second post. Maybe, maybe not. Philadelphia played a almost flawless game and did what it had to do to win, so who knows how they might have responded.

Another is defensive coordinator Matt Patricia, who was hired as the head coach of the Detroit Lions on Monday.

"No, that wasn't the plan", Rowe said. "We all want to be out there, we all want to play, so I know Malc, he's super competitive".

As long as nobody gets any solid answers, Bill Belichick will forever face questions for his decision to leave Malcolm Butler on the sidelines in Super Bowl LII. "It is what it is", Butler said, per ESPN's Mike Reiss.

The three players that the Patriots chose to use instead of Butler, Rowe, Johnson Bademosi and Jordan Richards, all graded out significantly worse than Butler.

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