After the Patriots 41-33 loss to the Eagles in the Super Bowl LII, the dominant storyline was Bill Belihick’s mysterious benching of long time cornerback and former Super Bowl hero Malcolm Butler. After a long period of public silence, Butler finally opened up about the disappointing career low point on Sports Illustrated’s Under the Cover series and said he feels like he could have made an impact if given the chance to play :
“I never missed a game. Never missed practice or anything like that. Would we have won if I played? Probably. Maybe. I’m not sure. But I would say we were short about one or two plays, and I saw a couple plays out there I could have made.”
He added that he couldn’t believe his Patriots career was going to end on the sidelines, but never demanded to go in:
“There were times that I was on the sideline that I just wanted to go up and say to Belichick or Matt Patricia and just say, ‘This is how we’re going to end this?’”
Butler has since moved on and signed a 5-year $61 million deal with the Titans, but it’s clear this still stings. Here’s a clip from the interview, the full show is available on Amazon.
"This how we gonna end this?"
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) March 30, 2018