Belichick still mum on Butler benching

'That was all on me': Coach Bill Belichick takes the blame after his Patriots are upset by the underdog Eagles

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - FEBRUARY 04: Malcolm Butler #21 of the New England Patriots warms up prior to Super Bowl LII against the Philadelphia Eagles at U.S. Bank Stadium on February 4, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

"He practiced it the most", Belichick said.

Neither team was able to generate much pressure as receivers ran free downfield throughout the game. The fact that Butler even dressed for the game, instead of simply being deactivated in favor of someone who would actually play, makes the decision all the more puzzling.

Graham not only sacked Tom Brady, he caused a fumble, which was scooped up by Derrick Barnett. The Eagles had suspect pass defense given their relative youth, relying on a strong pass rush.

According to ESPN, Butler played 97.8 per cent of the Patriots' regular-season snaps on defence.

Butler was a starter for the Patriots all season and a former Super Bowl hero. But he did not take a defensive snap in Sunday's 41-33 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.

Benching Butler cost the Patriots another Super Bowl ring. He spoke following the game, expressing his frustration with not being in the lineup.

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Butler's interception in the end zone in the final minute of the Super Bowl against Seattle clinched New England's 2014 National Football League championship. "It is what it is".

"It was a coach's decision".

"The guy has played a lot of football, so to not be out there I'm sure crushed him", Patriots safety Devin McCourty said. They didn't feel comfortable. "I don't know. But I could have changed the game".

"I was just doing my job supporting my teammates. That's really all I can say about it". "Great organization. They gave me the opportunity". Patricia also added that Butler was healthy enough to play.

"That doesn't concern me at all", he said when asked about Butler's benching. Jeffery wound up with three catches for 73 yards. "We put the best players and game plan out there that we felt was best for tonight, like we always do", Belichick said in typically terse manner. Rowe told reporters after the game that he wasn't originally supposed to start.

Butler said after the game that he wasn't sure why he was benched.

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