Malcolm Butler's struggles since leaving the New England Patriots are well documented.
In his first eight games with the Tennessee Titans, the Super Bowl XLIX hero has won most catches (39), yards (618) and touchdowns (seven) each NFL cornerback received, according to Pro Football Focus. He was set on fire on national television on Monday night and scored eight catches on eleven goals for 1
Last season was Butler's worst career as Patriots, but he was still a ready-to-use cover man. He led the team with 12 pass breaks and allowed less than 50 yards in 12 games and played almost every defensive snap (up to the Super Bowl) LII of course).
How come he, statistically speaking, became the worst starting cornerback of the NFL next year, an inconsistent but valuable part of an above-average secondary school? The answer to this question is shockingly easy, according to Mike's head coach Mike Vrabel.
"Well, there are techniques and details that will be assigned to each player in his position," said Vrabel, whose team will host the Patriots this Sunday, said in a conference call with New England reporters. "And if you sometimes deviate from these techniques and these details, you sometimes tend not to do your job as well as you would if you had focused on the details and the technique."
"Do your job." Butler undoubtedly heard these words during his four seasons in New England thousands of times.
Next, Vrabel made out Butler's struggles in men's reporting. He has shown a tendency to look too early at the quarterback instead of focusing his eyes on the receiver, making him susceptible to double moves, like the one Allen Hurns hit him on Monday night for a 23-yard touchdown.
"As I mentioned him and everyone else, you have to stare at your husband when you're reporting on men," Vrabel said. "This is the first starting point. Make sure your eyes are in the right place and you are not looking at the quarterback. So I have to train it better and explain it, and there will be an improvement. "
There has been no talk of using Butler to replace LeShaun Sims, Vrabel said, and his poor play was not too detrimental to the defense of the Titans, who scored the fewest points in the NFL this season. However, this is far from what Tennessee had expected when Butler handed over $ 61 million worth of $ 61 million to Butler in March, representing the Houston Texans and the Chicago Bears for the services of the 28-year-old. Year olds outperformed.
"I think that as a curve you have to always have confidence on every level to get out there and keep playing," Vrabel said. "Not unlike the other night. In the second half, there were some good football photos that really helped us win the game.
"There are many men and many coaches who are currently inconsistent in our organization. That starts with me. We all have to be a little bit better at being consistent in our jobs and in our preparation and making sure we try to play and play those things. "
Vrabel is right that Butler improved in the second half against Dallas. After allowing six catches on seven goals for 82 yards and two touchdowns in the first two quarters, he was only beaten twice at four goals for 30 yards after the half-time.
The last of these goals came in less than two minutes. Butler remained stuck with rookie wide receiver Michael Gallup at the start of the end zone, forcing incompleteness in third and tenth, which helped prevent a cowboys comeback.
"I think if Malcolm does the technique and is consistent, she was pretty good," Vrabel continued. "And then there are times when that does not happen. So my trust is where it is. If it looks good and he keeps working, I have faith in him.
"I just want to make sure he does the coaching and uses the techniques that can help him and help us."
Butler faces another difficult task on Sunday against a Patriots team that knows its deficiencies and has the offensive talent (Tom Brady, Julian Edelman, Josh Goron, etc.) to take advantage of them.
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