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Patriots coach Brian Flores praises Malcolm Butler: 'He’s a great player, incredible player'

Ryan Hannable
November 06, 2018 - 4:28 pm

Current de-facto Patriots defensive coordinator Brian Flores will always have a good memory of Malcolm Butler.

In Super Bowl XLIX, he was the coach who yelled, 'Malcolm go!' to signal him on the field and then on the next play Butler picked off Russell Wilson at the goal-line to seal the win over Seahawks.

On a conference call Tuesday, Flores was asked what those words mean to him.

"It takes me back to a great memory," he said. "Obviously, I have a good history with Malcolm [Butler]. I think he’s a great player, incredible player. He was a joy to coach, a joy to be around, really looking forward to seeing him this weekend and I wish him all the best always."

This past offseason Butler signed a massive contract with the Titans as a free agent, but through the first half of the year things haven't gone so well for him. According to Pro Football Focus, he has allowed 39 catches for 618 yards and seven touchdowns -- all three are the most in the NFL among cornerbacks.

Despite allowing two touchdowns Monday night, coach Mike Vrabel told reporters Tuesday Butler would not be demoted ahead of Sunday's game against the Patriots.

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