This time, Bill Belichick out-smarted himself

06 February, 2018, 15:06 | Author: Julian Swanson
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"I respect Malcolm's competitiveness and I am sure that he felt like he could have helped", Belichick said Monday after Philly carved up the Patriots for 373 passing yards and four touchdowns.

Now one day after the Patriots' Super Bowl loss, we are not much closer to learning the details behind Belichick's unusual coaching decision.

The New England Patriots came up just short of winning their second consecutive Super Bowl on Sunday night against the Philadelphia Eagles. "It kind of turned out that way, and the game with the way it went and some of the situations that came up, that was just kind of the way it went", he said. "I'm sure he felt he could've helped". Patriots defenders had to adjust (physically and mentally) to playing without a reliable and consistent presence in the secondary without much notice.

On NFL Network's postgame show, analysts and former players LaDainian Tomlinson and Deion Sanders agreed that benching Butler cost the Patriots dearly. "I don't know. That's how the game goes sometimes".

If you're going to go down, you may as well at least go down with your best players on the field. 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.

"A locker room was divided pre game", Browner wrote in a second post. The Patriots and Eagles had two of the best defenses in the league throughout the regular season and postseason. I guess I wasn't playing good or they didn't feel comfortable.

Patriots defensive co-ordinator Matt Patricia, who is expected to become the Lions' head coach, told reporters that his team was simply "trying to run some packages", which apparently didn't happen to include Butler.

"Very frustrating", Rowe said. "We all want to be out there, we all want to play, so I know Malc, he's super competitive".

He added: "I appreciate the question, but it would be a much longer discussion". He was clearly emotional beforehand and expressed those feelings to ESPN's Mike Reiss afterwards.

Butler saw some playing time on special teams, but that was the extent of his playing time as Stephon Gilmore, Eric Rowe and Johnson Bademosi saw almost all the playing time at corner for the Patriots.


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