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In a new episode of SI: Under the Ceiling which was released on Friday, Malcolm Butler said he considered New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick or defensive confront coordinator Matt Patricia in the February Super Bowl in an attempt to fit into the game.
Butler, who was arguably the team's best cornerback last season, became famously deprived of losing the team to the Philadelphia Eagles. The 28-year-old told Sports Illustrated in a promo for the episode that he did not address the coaching staff during the match because he wanted to respect their decision – but he did think about it
"There were times When I was on the sidelines, I just wanted to go upstairs and say to Belichick or Matt Patricia and just say, "How are we going to end this?" "Butler said, who signed with the Tennessee Titans as a free agent this spring. "I grew up in the patriot system, you know, and I'm a man of God, I respect my authority, and I just could not ask them for something they did not want to do, I just did my job."
"Me was about to go there and say what I wanted to say to Matt or Belichick, but I just stayed in my tracks and just did my job. And I really wanted to ask him, but I did not do it. "
Butler had previously played 97 percent of New England's defensive snaps For the Super Bowl, and almost two months later, the reason for his benching is still a mystery.
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Belichick said after the game that Butler's absence was not a disciplinary matter at the owners' annual gathering in Orlando this week.
Butler, for his part, told Jarrett Bell TODAY Sports earlier this month that "I do not know how much I can explain more; it was a "decision of the coach". Later, he speculated on The Boston Herald that it was possibly related to his health.
"I feel like the reason: I got sick somehow, I went to the hospital," Butler told the newspaper. "They probably thought I was a bit late on the schedule, not as locked up as I should be and could have been a match deal, it could have been anything. "
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