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Monday, February 05, 2018

The Mystery of Malcolm Butler

Questions are being raised about the mysterious benching of Malcolm Butler for the Super Bowl:
How are you feeling about your coach today, Patriot fans?

Still got “Do Your Job” and “No Days Off” tattooed somewhere on your body? Still blissfully living the life of “In Bill We Trust”? Still applauding the coach for giving the media the finger every time we ask Bill Belichick a football question? Still believe his decisions are none of anybody’s business?

I sense a crack in the blind loyalty the Hoodie traditionally receives from Patriot Nation. The Patriots lost a very winnable Super Bowl Sunday night in some part because Bill benched cornerback Malcolm Butler for some undisclosed infraction or violation of the Patriot code.

We don’t know the reason, of course. No one will say anything. Bill and his stooges (yes, that means you, Matt Patricia) are still parsing out the bogus company line that Butler’s benching was a football decision.

Rubbish. Butler played in more than 98 percent of the Patriots’ defensive snaps in 18 games this season. He was healthy enough Sunday to play one snap on special teams. But he was not allowed to play defense on a night when the backup quarterback of the Eagles shredded Patricia’s House of Cards for 41 points.
You know, Minneapolis isn't exactly New Orleans or Miami, so I tend to doubt Butler could have gotten himself into too much trouble the night before. Is Belichick being a good guy by refusing to throw Butler under the bus for his own actions? Or is this an example of Belichick being too stubborn for his team's good?

Why didn't they ask Adams?

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45 Comments:

Anonymous Faceless February 05, 2018 8:10 PM  

Lions Roar!

The mastermind of that absentee defense is going to be bringing DEEEEEEEtroit FOOOOOOOtball back!

Anonymous Haxo Angmaerk February 05, 2018 8:10 PM  

so...I had other things to do on Sunday.

who won the MonkeyBowl?

Blogger tublecane February 05, 2018 8:21 PM  

Whence derives this idea that Patriots fans are uncritical of Belichik or the team? I'm sure their local news and radio, message boards, and idle chit-chat are full of doubt and questions, like every other team. If they're relatively less critical than other fans, well, they have a right to be. They're the Patriots.

The idea that you can call the entire system into question because they failed to win a sixth ring is highly dubious. Maybe there's something to it, but come on. How many championships you want?

Everyone knows it ain't perfect. We watched them lose two Superbowls. Yet they keep getting there. It wouldn't be all that humiliating to become the losingest Superbowl coach ever, if you were also the winningest.

Blogger tublecane February 05, 2018 8:24 PM  

"still parsing out the bogus company line"

English is hard.

Anonymous st cecilia February 05, 2018 8:33 PM  

Did you forget about the time the Vikings took a bunch of whores out on the riverboat?

Blogger VD February 05, 2018 8:37 PM  

Did you forget about the time the Vikings took a bunch of whores out on the riverboat?

It's February. No one is going out on Lake Minnetonka except the ice fishermen.

Blogger Billy February 05, 2018 8:39 PM  

I’m guess Belichick is probably protecting Butler by not revealing his transgressions to the public. When Butler was crying it was because he knew he screwed up, and let his team and coaches down.

Anonymous Anonymous February 05, 2018 8:41 PM  

This may have had something to do with 'The Secret of Bill Belichick' you posted the other day. Malcolm may have 'talked.' This is the only thing I can think of that would get Mr Butler, the best defensive player on the team, benched the entire game! What's that saying? Pride cometh before a fall. Or better still 'cut his nose to spite his face?' This was a major blunder and one that won't be soon forgotten in Patriot Nation.

Blogger Nate February 05, 2018 8:48 PM  

There is no doubtdind mymmind this is about the Brady broohaha severalsweeks ago.

Blogger Lazarus February 05, 2018 8:50 PM  

So what plays would butler had of made that Eric Rowe did not?

Release the football autists.

Blogger Ataraxia February 05, 2018 8:58 PM  

Considering the parity in the NFL (salary caps, draft order) it's absolutely incredible what the Pats have accomplished the last decade compared to the recent dynasties in other sports. Belichick doesn't owe anybody anything no matter how hard the sports journalists clench their fists.

Blogger Billy February 05, 2018 9:16 PM  

I wonder whats going to happen to Foles, SB winning QB without a starting job. He was spectacular.

Blogger Billy February 05, 2018 9:17 PM  

SB MVP by the way.

Blogger Billy February 05, 2018 9:27 PM  

Philly gonna have some tough choices regarding sitting Foles on the bench. I’m afraid after talking about his Christian faith they might Tebow him. The media will harass and belittle his game til it’s sinks into the avarage fans head.

Blogger Jack Amok February 05, 2018 9:55 PM  

There is no doubtdind mymmind this is about the Brady broohaha severalsweeks ago.

I'm trying to imagine how Butler could be mixed up in that enough to get benched for the last game. Wouldn't anything have come out sooner?

Anonymous Dan February 05, 2018 10:04 PM  

"I’m afraid after talking about his Christian faith they might Tebow him."

Too late. He already won the Superbowl against the great Tom Brady and the Patriots. There is nothing higher in football.



Blogger SirHamster February 05, 2018 10:11 PM  

Nate wrote:There is no doubtdind mymmind this is about the Brady broohaha severalsweeks ago.

Could someone describe this for those of us who don't follow football news closely?

Anonymous Dan February 05, 2018 10:12 PM  

"I’m afraid after talking about his Christian faith they might Tebow him."

Tim Tebow was desperate for the NFL, which did not love him back.

For Foles, his first love isn't even football, it's pastoring.

Blogger Jon Mollison February 05, 2018 10:13 PM  

That's an awful lot of butthurt in that article. He writes like a game journalist.

Blogger Lazarus February 05, 2018 10:33 PM  

@15

Could someone describe this for those of us who don't follow football news closely?

Sure. Nate is signalling that the rift between Kraft and Belichick over Brady's personal coach caused hoodie to throw the game and make a lot of money in Vegas. Meanwhile, he is negotiating with the Giants, while Brady is blowing out his kidneys drinking too much water.

Its all right there in Nate's text. I am surprised you could not see it.

Anonymous ISpy February 05, 2018 10:35 PM  

The Jew/SJW converged Negro Felon League sure does get prominent placement here on Vox Populi, the home of AltRight thought leadership. Why is that?

Blogger Nate February 05, 2018 10:45 PM  

"Nate is signalling that the rift between Kraft and Belichick over Brady's personal coach caused hoodie to throw the game and make a lot of money in Vegas. Meanwhile, he is negotiating with the Giants, while Brady is blowing out his kidneys drinking too much water."

correct. I believe something like that is exactly what is going on. Though it may not mean he deliberately threw the game. He may have just decided to take a EFF YOU stand on benching a guy to make a point to Kraft.

Blogger Nate February 05, 2018 10:46 PM  

" I’m afraid after talking about his Christian faith they might Tebow him."

Dude. Get over it. Tebow's faith didnt' cost him anything. He's not in the league because he can't throw.

Blogger Lazarus February 05, 2018 10:46 PM  

@19

That's Vox Popoli, interloper.

Besides, if you are so smart, you tell us what Nate meant.

Blogger Lazarus February 05, 2018 10:50 PM  

He's not in the league because he can't throw.

Or, he could not do more than one and a half reads on one play. Other guys can do up to 4 reads.

Blogger Nate February 05, 2018 11:11 PM  

Also correct Laz

Blogger Nate February 05, 2018 11:12 PM  

Tim simply dies not process information fast enough to be an NFL quarterback

Anonymous Neo-Butkus February 06, 2018 12:08 AM  

Cryptic message posted by Q before the game:

The Butler did it.
Clowns in action.
Trust Sessions.
These people are stupid.
Q

Blogger bob kek mando February 06, 2018 12:14 AM  

6. VD February 05, 2018 8:37 PM
No one is going out on Lake Minnetonka except the ice fishermen.



while this is true, it's not like the whores go into hibernation for the winter. they're still working.

also, iirc, Minneapolis was notoriously a Mob town from WAY back.


@19

because you're a fag.

Blogger Dave February 06, 2018 12:20 AM  

Billy wrote:Philly gonna have some tough choices regarding sitting Foles on the bench. I’m afraid after talking about his Christian faith they might Tebow him. The media will harass and belittle his game til it’s sinks into the avarage fans head.

I'm afraid you simply have no idea what you're talking about. Foles was a starter previously with the Eagles under Chip Kelly. His religion was never an issue. Carson Wentz, who was the league MVP this season until he missed the last three games is very public concerning his faith. In ND they call him the Ginger Jesus.

Anonymous Dave February 06, 2018 12:27 AM  

Billy wrote:Philly gonna have some tough choices regarding sitting Foles on the bench. I’m afraid after talking about his Christian faith they might Tebow him. The media will harass and belittle his game til it’s sinks into the avarage fans head.

I'm afraid you simply have no idea what you're talking about. Foles was a starter previously with the Eagles under Chip Kelly. His religion was never an issue. Carson Wentz, who was the league MVP this season until he missed the last three games is very open concerning his faith. In ND they call him the Ginger Jesus.

Blogger Rough Carrigan February 06, 2018 12:36 AM  

Malcolm Butler was clearly not as good this season as he had been the past couple years. By the end of the year Gilmore was clearly better and at times Rowe had been better. Bademosi and Jones had also been better for stretches.

This was not 2015 Malcolm Butler inexplicably being sat. This was an ersatz, subsequent version of that player and one who had been nothing special in the second half of the season.

I trust that Belichick knew what he was doing.

Blogger Jack Amok February 06, 2018 1:36 AM  

I assume Foles will be traded to one of the many, many teams that need a QB, just as soon as the Eagles know Wentz is recovered from his ACL. That might not be until next offseason, but Wentz in under contract (cheap) for I think three years.

Assuming anyone is still watching by then...

Blogger newbietrader February 06, 2018 4:01 AM  

Adams strategy was so so. Beli"cheat" was out coached all night and the Pats players got beat like a rug on a regular basis...so much for the article the other day talking about adams/belicheck being master strategists and tacticians....not Sunday night they weren't

Blogger newbietrader February 06, 2018 4:08 AM  

Butler is a free agent next month. Bench him and win the Sb and then say "we won w/o you: here;s our low ball offer" see if he will take it to stay with the winning team. they lost proving they needed him and that he's worth the money. but of course, pats won't pay up, so he's gone. was a way to see if they could knock a few bucks off his contract and it backfired, they lost so Butler will be playing for someone else next year.

Blogger Roger Hill February 06, 2018 4:31 AM  

It could have something to do with Butler's sub-par play in the previous two playoff games. On passing plays thrown into his coverage, the opposing quarterback rating was above 137. His regular season stats are also lacking in that department.

He is still a great tackler. But perhaps they wanted fewer completions and not quicker tackles after the catch. One thing is for sure, Butler could have helped the tackling in that backfield.

Blogger Roger Hill February 06, 2018 4:42 AM  

As to my previous comment, this might also explain why Butler was put on special teams punt coverage. His tackling was still very, very good this year, while his pass coverage poor, and growing worse in the playoffs. If it were for some breakage of a team rule that egregious, why have his in there at all. The irony is the Eagles don't do much punting.

Blogger James Dixon February 06, 2018 6:33 AM  

> I wonder whats going to happen to Foles, SB winning QB without a starting job.

Foles just broke the bank in Vegas, won the lottery, and got a date with the homecoming queen all on the same night. He can practically name his salary with any of half a dozen teams.

> He's not in the league because he can't throw.

Correct. You have to build an offense around him, not drop him into an existing offense. No one is willing to do that.

Blogger Dexter February 06, 2018 6:34 AM  

".so much for the article the other day talking about adams/belicheck being master strategists and tacticians"

Unless you go with the theory that the Pats threw the game for reasons about which we can only speculate.

Blogger JaimeInTexas February 06, 2018 8:57 AM  

Being from Houston, Tebow might have been an improvement over a couple of our QBs.

Blogger Jack Amok February 06, 2018 10:35 AM  

He can practically name his salary with any of half a dozen teams.

He's under contract to Philly for a couple more years.

Anonymous patrick kelly February 06, 2018 11:17 AM  

Sometimes I wonder if Vox writes these posts just to troll the all the butt hurt Brady-Chick haters.

Look at the NFL from the time Brady started his first SB till now. They are the most dominant team of those years even with the SB losses. Heck, many teams never had the opportunity to loose than many SBowls.

What kinda' obtuse, spergy criteria you gotta use to not recognize the greatness and excellence of the Patriots with the Brady-Belichick-Adams trifecta?

I write this as a Raiders fan who has a painful history with the Patriots.

As annoyed as I was with the "tuck rule" call at that ice-bowl, I got over it and didn't whine for years about it. That was on the refs. What were Patriots supposed to do, say, "No refs, your wrong about that lame rule, here, give the ball back to the Raiders and let them have it?". If I was on the other side of that call I would chuckle, take it and any advantage it provided, as would any NFL team.

And Butler just had not been playing all that great. The Pats didn't loose cuz' he was stuck on special teams. The Pats were in it till the last play of the game, like many of their losses.

Blogger Ariadne Umbrella February 06, 2018 11:41 AM  

Nick Foles is a highly polished star. He has been a star since he was in high school. He's incredibly smart. He will handle himself with grace, class because he has already handled himself with grace and class.

Blogger James Dixon February 06, 2018 12:29 PM  

> He's under contract to Philly for a couple more years.

As you said, as soon as they know Wentz is good to go they'll trade him. And the new team will be willing to renegotiate the contract.

Blogger CF NEAL February 06, 2018 10:25 PM  

Conspiracy Theories of History are plausible. But, when applied to sports, such attitude seems self-defeating. King-athlete poseurs, emperor-gladiators, mob-bossed boxing, Black Sox scandal, and so forth; BUT A SUPER BOWL 'FIXED'???

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