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Bill Belichick Asked Again About His Decision To Bench Malcolm Butler

A photo of the back of Malcolm Butler's jersey.

FOXBOROUGH, MA - JANUARY 21: Malcolm Butler #21 of the New England Patriots reacts in the fourth quarter during the AFC Championship Game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Gillette Stadium on January 21, 2018 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

New England's head coach was asked again about the decision to bench Malcolm Butler.

Bill Belichick was today again asked about his reasoning behind the decision to bench Malcolm Butler. Again, he didn't say much.

"I appreciate the question, but it would be a much longer discussion," Belichick told reporters. "There are a lot of things that go into that. In the end, the final decision is what I said it was."

New England's head coach said after the 41-33 loss to Philadelphia that it was a football decision. He didn't expand further.

"We put the players and game-plan out there that we thought would be the best, like we always do," Belichick said on Sunday.

At this point, it's unclear if anything more from the Patriots is going to come out. Butler is a soon-to-be free agent and he'll probably be on a new team in 2018.

A writer from Pro Football Focus says he's been told there was something else going on with Butler.

Here's what he shared:

Butler said after the game that he wasn't sure why he was benched. He was upset.

"It was a coach's decision. I was just doing my job and supporting my teammates. I have nothing but great things to say about the organization. They gave me an opportunity. That's about it," Butler told ESPN's Mike Reiss.

Stay tuned...