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Bill Belichick won't answer questions about Malcolm Butler's struggles

Ryan Hannable
November 07, 2018 - 2:30 pm

FOXBORO -- With the Patriots facing the Titans this week, one of the bigger storylines is Malcolm Butler, as he signed a massive deal as a free agent this past offseason.

Things haven't gone so well for Butler to this point in the season.

According to Pro Football Focus, he has allowed 39 catches for 618 yards and seven touchdowns this season, all of which are the most among NFL cornerbacks.

When asked about the numbers Wednesday, which was prefaced with according to a scouting service, Bill Belichick scoffed sarcastically, "that means a lot to me," and then gave a response that didn't mention Butler by name, but noted how good the Tennessee defense is overall.

“They lead the league in defense, OK? So, that’s our challenge as an offense is we’re playing 11 guys,” he said. “We’re playing their coaching staff and the schemes they put up against us. Right now, they’re playing better defense than anyone else in the league. We’ll see how we do. I don’t know. It will be tough. I know that.” 

Earlier in the press conference, he was asked about Butler and Logan Ryan, which got more of the same.

“They lead the league in defense, so they’re good,” he said. “They don’t give up big plays.” 

While the Titans do enter the game allowing the fewest points in the league, they have given up their share of big plays.

They have allowed five touchdowns of 39 yards or more, their special teams unit allowed a 102-yard kick return touchdown, and most recently against the Cowboys they allowed a 37-yard run to Ezekiel Elliott and two more completions of 20 or more yards. 

It's clear Belichick did not want to mention Butler by name and wanted to hype the Titans defense ahead of the matchup.

Mission accomplished.

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