Former, current Patriots blast Bill Belichick over Malcolm Butler decision

SHARE Former, current Patriots blast Bill Belichick over Malcolm Butler decision
screen_shot_2018_02_05_at_1_43_43_pm.jpg

A few former and current Patriots disagree with Bill Belichick’s decision to bench Malcolm Butler. | Getty Images

The question on everyone’s mind the day after the Philadelphia’s 41-33 victory over New England in Super Bowl LII is why didn’t Patriots coach Bill Belichick play starting cornerback Malcolm Butler on defense?

The Eagles and quarterback Nick Foles picked apart the Pats’ defense, amassing 378 passing yards for four touchdowns — one caught by Foles.

You would have thought the Patriots’ defense could have used the Super Bowl hero from three years ago who played nearly every snap this season.

Not Belichick. He said he went with the guys “that give us the best chance to win.”

The curious benching had everyone questioning the genius of Belichick, including former Pats cornerback Brandon Browner, who made a series of posts to Instagram ripping the strategy.

RELATED STORIES Why didn’t Malcolm Butler play? WATCH: Eagles fans go completely off the rails

In one post, Browner wrote:

“A locker room was divided pre game, most yds ever given in up in a SB game, and your best defender over the past 3 seasons. Doesn’t get a snap. You where hurt/burnt where he was needed tonight.. #foolishpride”

Pretty fair criticism from a former player. Jamie Collins and Alfonzo Dennard, two other former Patriots, liked the post.

Perhaps more interesting, though, is that current Patriots linebacker Dont’a Hightower liked it.

Collins, Dennard and Hightower were all teammates with Butler on the Patriots in 2014.

Hightower has three years left on a four-year, $43.5 million deal. Butler is an unrestricted free agent.

Ty Law, who won two Super Bowl rings with the Patriots in the early 2000s, also questioned Belichick’s thinking:

Given a chance Monday to explain his position on Butler, Belichick reiterated his stance from Sunday.

“I respect Malcolm’s competitiveness,” Belichick said. “I’m sure he felt he could’ve helped. I’m sure the players felt the same way. In the end we have to make the decision that we feel are best for the football team. That’s what we did. That’s what I did.”

Follow me on Twitter @DanCahill_CST

The Latest
Madrigal was slotted into the leadoff spot for the Cubs’ game Sunday against the Marlins.
Robert Heinzen died a day before the celebration his family rushed to finalize. They decided to go ahead with the performance as a memorial Mass.
Archaeology activity in the sprawling site, near modern-day Naples, has increasingly focused on the lives of the middle class as well as of servants and other enslaved people.
Her car came to a stop inside the two-story house and started a fire that took nearly 60 firefighters more than an hour to douse, the Los Angeles Fire Department said.
White Sox recall infielder Lenyn Sosa from Charlotte, option left-hander Tanner Banks