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More Details Surface On Malcolm Butler's Benching

Malcolm Butler crying on the sideline.

Here's more on the Patriots decision to bench their starting cornerback.

We're beginning to learn why the Patriots benched Malcolm Butler in the Super Bowl. More details behind the reasoning for his benching have surfaced.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported late Monday night that it wasn't strictly a "football" decision, as Bill Belichick said after the game. It came down to three things:

  • Butler was sick about a week before the Super Bowl
  • He had a bad week of practice
  • He broke a minor team rule

Jerry Thornton, a Patriots' writer for Barstool Sports, has provided more details on the reason for Butler's benching.

"I’m told that Butler “was not in the right frame of mind.” That during practices in Minneapolis he was being belligerent, “snapping” at his coaches. And after a bad week of prep, when game day came around Belichick simply didn’t believe his starting corner was in the headspace to make the calls, adjustments and post-snap reads against the Eagles RPO. At least not to the extent he trusted Eric Rowe and Johnson Bademosi," Thornton writes.

Thornton also says that Butler was at the Patriots' post-game event on Sunday night. He says he was telling people that him and the coaches just didn't see eye-to-eye.

"Butler was telling people at the party, 'The coach and I just aren’t seeing eye to eye.' Which more or less sheds light on the aforementioned 'attitudes and frustrations,'" Thornton reports.

We probably won't know about everything that went into Belichick's decision to bench Butler. But we are starting to get a clearer picture of why it happened.