Months after Super Bowl LII, we still are not closer to understanding the real reason why Bill Belichick served Malcolm Butler in losing the Patriots to the Eagles.
Belichick refused as expected to provide details. Butler surprisingly did not give a legitimate reason for the move after his move to Tennessee. Former defensive coordinator Matt Patricia dropped cats out of the bag after driving to Detroit. Teammates have offered speculation and little else.
Monday we have further evidence of how close the Patriots were to Butler's banking: Tom Brady, the highest ranking member of the organization, who is not named Kraft or Belichick, has no good reason to share them.
"Well, I'm not taking those decisions, I wish he'd played but the coach did not play him and we had another chance to win," Brady said at the Milken Institute Global Conference via Kevin Duffy of MassLive. com.
Sure, you still almost won Tom, but a quarter inch in the other direction and you would have missed it completely, right?
Butler's bench press has been kept secret for so long, Brady said he did not know until after the Super Bowl loss.
"I'll say this: For a team, this side of the room is the attack and this side is the defense," Brady said. "We do not really bother her, I did not know … Malcolm kept coming up to me during the game and said," Come on, TB, let's go! "And I continued," What kind of defense are we where Malcolm is not in the field? "Is it short run, goal line? And then after the game, I found out, so I just did not know I asked Malcolm and Malcolm said, "I do not know. Coach has just decided otherwise. "I said OK. & # 39; So I do not know what was involved in this decision-making, but I know we were trying to win the game, I do not think we're trying anything to do other things than to win.
"It is unfortunate that we have lost. but give the Eagles a lot of credit. They deserve it, and next year we'll come back and try to kick their asses.
Brady said he had not "gone and debated" why the Patriots occupied the cornerback, the most snaps in the season's biggest game of the year. "TB12 also noted that he usually does not ask.
"Well, I do not know," Brady said, "This is probably a better question for the man our team belongs to, I think I do not make all the decisions for myself, I can control what I can control So much of what it has been over the years has been, "How do I maximize what I can do?" I can not run, I can not catch, I can not block, I can not tackle, I can do my job I have to trust that everyone else is doing the same thing, sometimes it works and for our team it worked out a lot better than any other team, so how about one or two things "Everyone tries to do the best in my beliefs, it does not always work, I love that special player – Malcolm, I have a great relationship and history with him and he's moved on with his life, he's in a different team. "
Just because he does not ask why the Decision does not mean that Brady and others are not mad. The Patriots have made a start cornerback with the Lombardi Trophy on the line while Nick Foles threw for 373 yards.