New England Patriots: Bill Belichick won’t elaborate on Malcolm Butler benching
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By Kenneth Teape

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick isn’t sharing much about why Malcolm Butler was benched.

The New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles put on an offensive clinic in Super Bowl 52. Plenty of records were set as the Eagles pulled off the upset, defeating the Patriots 41-33.

There were plenty of storylines and questions that arose from the game. Arguably the biggest question that came from the game is, what happened to Malcolm Butler?

The star from Super Bowl 49 was nowhere to be found in Super Bowl 52. Butler was on the field for all of one special team play, covering a punt. It was a big factor in the game, as Nick Foles had his way with the Patriots passing defense.

Without Butler, New England’s pass defense struggled mightily. Stephon Gilmore got the job done, but the Eagles found plenty of success when not throwing in his direction. Eric Rowe, who started in place of Butler, Johnson Bademosi and Jordan Richards all struggled.

Given the end result of the game, it was a fair question to ask why Butler, who played the most defensive snaps for the Patriots during the regular season and postseason, wasn’t on the field. However, don’t expect to get an answer from head coach Bill...

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