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Bill Belichick on Malcolm Butler not playing in Super Bowl LII: Decision that I felt was best for football team

Ryan Hannable
February 05, 2018 - 12:19 pm

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — The day after Super Bowl LII the biggest question that still remains following the game is why didn’t Malcolm Butler play?

The cornerback didn't play a single defensive snap after playing the most defensive snaps on the team over the course of the season.

On a conference call Monday, Bill Belichick didn’t give much more than he did after the game.

“I addressed [it] after the game,” he said. “I respect Malcolm’s competitiveness and I am sure that he felt like he could have helped. I am sure other players felt the same way, but in the end, we have to make the decisions that we feel are best for the football team and that is what we did, that is what I did. That’s really all I can say about it.”

Later on the call he was pressed on the matter, and he still wouldn’t get into it.

“Yeah, I appreciate the question. It would be a much longer discussion,” he said. “There’s a lot of things that go into that. In the end, the final decision is what I said it was.”

Belichick was asked if he gave any thought to putting Butler in during the second half and he responded, “Yeah, I just covered that.”

Not only did Eric Rowe start over Butler, Johnson Bademosi played over him as the No. 3 cornerback.

When asked why this was the case, Belichick said, “He practiced it the most.”

There are still no real answers when it comes to this, and it’s unlikely Belichick will ever give one.