Steelers DC Keith Butler: Patriots do things 'on the edge of being legal or not legal'

Ryan Hannable
October 20, 2016 - 11:15 am
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[caption id="attachment_112852" align="alignright" width="400"]Steelers defensive coordinator Keith Butler took a shot at the Patriots. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports) Steelers defensive coordinator Keith Butler took a shot at the Patriots. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)[/caption] The Steelers and Patriots have a bit of a history with not so typical things happening in games. Back in Week 1 of last season, the Steelers had headset issues at Gillette Stadium where during the first half the Steelers heard the Patriots radio broadcast instead of their own coaches. After the game head coach Mike Tomlin said that is "always the case" at Gillette Stadium when it comes to things like that occurring. Now, over a year later, another Steelers coach is calling out the Patriots. Appearing on the "Coordinators Corner" podcast on the Steelers' team website, defensive coordinator Keith Butler was asked about Tom Brady and Bill Belichick and if they study harder than other teams, or if they're doing something special? "I don't think they're doing anything special," Butler said via MassLive.com. "I think they do things outside the box sometimes, you know, that might be on the edge of being legal or not legal. They've done a couple of things in the past — putting an offensive tackle out as ineligible but he's not really. Sometimes the emphasis by the NFL in terms of what they call and what they don't call, [the Patriots] use that a little bit. They've been accused of doing a lot of things. But the thing we've got to do is ignore that and play." The Patriots have won six out of the last eight meetings, including the playoffs against the Steelers.