Reporters Should Continue To Bombard Bill Belichick With Malcolm Butler Questions

Whether you like it or not, Bill Belichick’s unwillingness to share any information about the inner workings of the Patriots organization has proven to be effective throughout his 18 years as their head coach.

Over time, we became accustomed to his monotone, condescending, unenlightening answers to any questions that don’t concern what’s happening in the present.  It was part of the “Patriot way”, where everyone’s focus was on nothing but the next opponent.  Sure, it was obnoxious,  but after five Super Bowl parades it became harder and harder to be bothered by his lack of personality at the podium.

Until now.  It’s been six months, and there has been no explanation for the absence of Malcolm Butler in Super Bowl LII.  A guy who gifted Belichick his fourth ring as a head coach in 2014, made the Pro Bowl in 2015, helped the team to their fifth title in 2016, and led the team in defensive snaps in 2017.  Most importantly, he’s someone who was fully capable of making enough of a difference to change the outcome against Nick Foles and the Eagles.

Belichick is one of the greatest coaches of all-time.  His track record speaks for itself, so that’s not really up for debate.  Unfortunately, none of his past success can overshadow the fact that benching Butler for the entirety of the Patriots’ loss to the Eagles less than six months ago was one of the worst coaching decisions in Super Bowl history.

Training camp has begun and it’s a new season.  But, rightfully so, the questions haven’t stopped.  On Wednesday, Dan Shaughnessy made sure that Bill remained on the hot seat by reminding him that nobody has forgotten about what happened, and nobody will.  No matter how many times he mumbles the words “we’re focused on the 2018 season”, there will still be fans, media, and players continuing to search for answers.  Including Malcolm Butler himself.

Despite not getting any closure before departing for Tennessee, Butler continues to take the high road when fielding questions about Belichick, saying there’s “no bad blood” between he and his former coach.  Meanwhile, Bill can’t be bothered to speak on the situation.

We can’t let him off the hook.  As fans, we’re also focused on the 2018 season, but that doesn’t mean we’ve stopped wondering what the hell was going through this guy’s head last February.  To all of the reporters out there with press credentials, don’t give up the fight.

 

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  1. ***
    YOU ARE ASKING THE WRONG PERSON:
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    My Question Is What Could Have Been More Important To Malcolm Butler Than Preparing To Play Football In The Super Bowl That Week, The Biggest Game Of The Season?
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    Bill Didn’t Sit Him On A Whim, That Is Not How Belichick Operates.
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    BILL BELICHICK HAS A” REASON” FOR EVERYTHING HE DOES:
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    Bill Did Not Hold Any Other Players Out Of The Game, Ask Yourself WHY, Malcolm Butler Then?
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    My Guess Is Malcolm Butler You Screwed Up Somewhere Along The Line Super Bowl Week And Bill Belichick Is Not Ratting You Out In Public, Possibly Because It Would Cause You Personal Problems In Your Life, Or It Could Have Been Football Related, (Coaches Decision) And Bill Is Not Letting On To His Rational For The Choice. * Possibly Bill May Have Thought Phildelphia Might Go To A Much More “BALL CONTROL” Dominant Running Game Using Jay Ajayi, And Legarrette Blount. This Would Have Ate Up The Play Clock And Would Have “REDUCED” The Offensive Possessions Tom Brady Would Have The Football In His Hands.
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    WHATEVER BILL BELICHICK’S THOUGHT PROCESS, ALL OF A SUDDEN WE ARE NOW TO ASSUME THE FANS AND SPORTS WRITERS KNOW BETTER? Why Don’t The Couch Potato Fans First (Go Win 5 Super Bowls) Then You May 2nd Guess) Until Then, I Am Riding The Bill Belichick Train.
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    Malcolm Butler Knows Exactly What Went Down During Super Bowl Week And HE IS NOT TALKING. Malcolm Butler Is Not Man Enough To Step Up An OWN IT. Smoking Pot, Out With Another Woman Other Than His Wife/Girlfriend ?, Out On The Town After Curfew, Somewhere Malcolm Butler Broke Team Rules During The MOST IMPORTANT 2 Weeks Of Any Football Players Life:
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    Why Did You Malcolm Butler Put Yourself ahead Of Your Teammates?
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    If That Was Acceptable Behavior, It Was O.K. For You To Do Whatever, Than It WOULD BE O.K. For EVERYONE ELSE To Do WHATEVER. That Is Not T.E.A.M. PREPARATION To Play And WIN In A Super Bowl.
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    If Bill Belichick Let’s It Slide “During A Super Bowl Week”, In Essence He Is Saying To All The Players You Can Do WHATEVER THE HELL YOU WANT ALL YEAR LONG, NO CONSEQUENCES:
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    If Fans Or Reporters Want To Know What Happened To Malcolm Butler That Bill Belichick Would SIT Him For A Super Bowl, The Fans And Writers Should Go DIRECTLY TO MALCOLM BUTLER For An Explanation.
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    Malcolm Butler Shed TEARS And Said He Didn’t Know Why He Didn’t Play, That It Was A Coaches Decision.
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    I AM NOT BUYING THE STORY Malcolm Butler. What The Hell Was More To Important To You Malcolm That Bill Belichick Would Have To Sit You For A Super Bowl, There Is A Reason Bill Belichick Didn’t Play You And “ONLY YOU MALCOLM BUTLER” And You Malcolm Butler You CERTAINLY DO Know What Happened. Your Crying Indicates Remorse To Me, And Being Scolded, Punished For A Bad Choice.
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    MALCOLM BUTLER You Let Your Teammates DOWN BIG TIME By Some Aspect Of Your Behavior That Week.
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    Sad, Especially When You Understand If Not For Bill Belichick You May Still Be Be Working At Popeye’s Fried Chicken At Minimum Wage
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    If Bill Belichick Did Not Give You An Opportunity By Giving You A Chance To Play PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL As An UNDRAFTED Walk On.
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    Malcolm Butler You Should Be Grateful To A Head Coach, Bill Belichick Who Took A Chance On You When NOBODY ELSE DID.
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    Your Way Of Saying THANKYOU BILL FOR ALLOWING ME A CHANCE TO CHANGE MY LIFE FOR MY FAMILY AND MYSELF WOULD BE TO GO PUBLIC, And Take Your Medicine Like A MAN.
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    You Should Be Grateful Your Coach Gave You The Opportunity Of A LIFETIME, And Will Not, AND DID NOT Rat You Out In Public And Kept It In The LOCKER ROOM And Not In The TABLOIDS.
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    Nalcolm Butler You Are An EXCELLENT Football Player No QUESTION.
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    But As For Being MAN ENOUGH To Come Clean You Are A PISS POOR Example:
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    AS FOR THIS ARTICLE:
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    Reporters Should Continue To Bombard Bill Belichick With Malcolm Butler Questions:
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    USE YOUR BRAIN AND GO TO THE SOURCE, THE ANSWER YOU WISH TO FIND LIES WITH MALCOLM BUTLER:
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    If He Cheated On His Wife Or Girlfriend, Or Was Smoking Pot, DO YOU REALLY EXPECT AN ANSWER?
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    DO YOU The Fans And Sports Writers WISH Bill Belichick To Throw Malcolm Butler Under The BUS? That Is NOT GOING TO HAPPEN, It Is Dead And Burried In The Locker Room Where It Belongs:
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    Willie Jackson

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