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Bill Belichick Is Getting Crushed For Not Playing Malcolm Butler

Bill Belichick running off the field.

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - FEBRUARY 04: Head coach Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots walks of the field after losing 41-33 to the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium on February 4, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Philadelphia Eagles defeated the New England Patriots 41-33. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

New England's head coach is getting crushed for maybe the first time ever.

It's not often that Bill Belichick, arguably the greatest NFL coach of all-time, gets criticized. But that's happening tonight.

New England fell to Philadelphia in Super Bowl LII, 41-33. It was an offensive showcase that featured a ton of passing.

All of this passing by the Eagles - 373 yards and 3 touchdowns, to be exact - came with one of the Patriots' best defensive backs on the bench. Starter Malcolm Butler wasn't on the field.

Belichick didn't give up much of a reason for why this happened. He said at halftime that it was a "coaching decision."

Some thought that Belichick might have done this because Butler is a bit undersized. The Eagles' wide receivers are big.

Still, you'd think after a couple of quarters of watching your secondary get torched, you'd make a change. But that didn't happen.

So, Belichick is getting criticized. Heavily.

Belichick said after the game that it was simply a "football decision."

OK then.