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Patriots Player Likes Critical Post Of Bill Belichick

A New England Patriots helmet sitting on the bench.

FOXBORO, MA - DECEMBER 24: A New England Patriots helmet during the first half of the game between the New England Patriots and the Buffalo Bills at Gillette Stadium on December 24, 2017 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

New England's head coach is getting criticized.

Malcolm Butler didn't play in the Super Bowl last night. Bill Belichick is getting ripped for it - even by some of his former players.

New England's head coach said after the loss to the Eagles that benching Butler was a "football decision." The starting cornerback stood on the sideline as Nick Foles cut through the Patriots' pass defense with ease.

Former New England cornerback Brandon Browner took to Instagram to rip Belichick after the game. Browner played for the Patriots in 2014.

"A locker room was divided pre game, most yds ever given in up in a SB game, and your best defender over the past 3 seasons. Doesn’t get a snap. You where hurt/burnt where he was needed tonight," Browner wrote on Instagram.

That opinion isn't something Browner feels alone. It's shared by some of his other former Patriots teammates and one current New England player.

The post was liked by former Patriots Alfonzo Dennard and Jamie Collins. It was also liked by injured New England star Dont'a Hightower.

Hightower played just 5 games this season before going onto the IR. He's on a four-year deal.

Butler spoke briefly after the game. He wasn't happy.

"I don't know what it was. I guess I wasn't playing good or they didn't feel comfortable. I don't know. But I could have changed that game," he told ESPN's Mike Reiss.