The reason behind Bill Belichick’s decision to bench Malcolm Butler during Super LII against the Philadelphia Eagles might never be known, but we couldn’t help but wonder and guess, and so did Butler.
Since the Tennessee Titans cornerback left New England, he has been working on turning the page from his final game as a member of the Pats. But, naturally, Butler still gets asked about being on the sidelines for New England’s Super Bowl loss, and he offered his own theory to what might have led to his benching.
“You know Bill Belichick is a great coach and he makes good decisions,” Butler said. “We all make good decisions. We make bad decisions. Obviously, it didn’t work out good for me, him or the New England Patriots organization. But he called the shots man, so I mean, it is what it is, man.”
“I’ll just say,” Butler continued,“preparation is the best way to win. And you know, maybe, you know, they didn’t see 100 percent, mentally or physically, Malcolm Butler that they are used to seeing.”
Butler, however, pointed out that he was “100 percent” healthy for Super Bowl LII. While he added that he is trying to move past the whole ordeal, one thing is for certain – he hasn’t forgotten about it. When asked if he plans on using it as motivation, his response was simple.
“Most definitely,” Butler said, adding: “I’m very fueled. I’ve always been this way, but I have a little extra gas in the tank.”
Besides, thanks to his performance in New England, he has become a household name, after which the star cornerback inked a five-year, $61 million contract with the Titans in the offseason.