Malcolm Butler on Super Bowl loss: 'I could have changed that game'

Sheri Evans
February 6, 2018

The fact that Butler didn't know he'd be out - and Eric Rowe didn't know he'd be replacing him - until shortly before kickoff suggests that something happened on Sunday or Saturday night.

'It was a coach's decision.

"They gave up on me. F--".

Seven plays later Foles found Ertz again for a touchdown that put the Eagles up for the good. They didn't feel comfortable. And I'm just blessed.

"I ain't got nothing to say", Butler replied.

Butler, 27, signed a one-year deal with the Patriots prior to the season and is an unrestricted free agent this offseason but it is hard to imagine him back in New England next season.

Butler told reporters after the Philadelphia Eagles' 41-33 win over the Patriots that he felt he "could have changed that game" if given the chance to play. He also said Butler practiced as part of different packages during the week leading up to Super Bowl LII, making Belichick's decision even more baffling.

"We just played all the guys we could to try to help us win in whatever packages we had", said Patricia, whose unit primarily played a "big nickel" package with two cornerbacks and three safeties throughout the game.

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"He not the first to get caught with weed, curfew also meant we are not allowed to have guest especially women".

But once the game started, we'd slowly learn Butler's tears likely didn't fall due to Pink's singing, but because he'd been benched. He would not play a defensive snap for the entire game.

Jim, my feeling is that this is ' job, with the reliable passing back, and those two should see the majority of the work. could be called upon in the "pony" grouping when two running backs are on the field together, and then integrated into the mix occasionally, with potential goal-line considerations depending on how the game unfolds. "I'm pretty sure that he was a little upset that he didn't play".

Bill Belichick said it wasn't a disciplinary decision, and defensive coordinator Matt Patricia said.something.

"I appreciate all the guys on this team - not only as football players, but as men, fathers, husbands, all that stuff", Richards said. Stephon Gilmore is probably the better player.

Butler was visibly emotional during the national anthem and was crying on the sideline. "I didn't know how to feel watching that [expletive] without my homie playing, without Malcolm playing", Browner said in a video he shared.

Although he admittedly "came up short" in 2017, Butler was still the one to drag down Darrius Heyward-Bey inbounds in the final seconds against Pittsburgh (giving way to Ben Roethlisberger's interception). Jeffery wound up with three catches for 73 yards.

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