After his benching during Super Bowl LII, Malcolm Butler has landed with a new team — and has a new found motivation for taking down his former team and coach.
By Neil Harrington
Malcolm Butler went from hero of Super Bowl XLIX to zero in a blink of an eye, ending his run with the New England Patriots — undoubtedly following his benching in last year’s NFL Super Bowl (LII) loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.
To this day it’s unknown why “the Hoodie,” aka Bill Belichick benched the SB XLIX hero, but Butler will have a little something to prove this upcoming season.
Butler tells Kevin Patra of Around the NFL:
“I’m very fueled, and I’ve always been this way, but I’ve a little extra gas in the tank.”
Butler was 3-0 in 1v1’s this morning pic.twitter.com/3BeX0IPc9o
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Belichick was asked by reporters recently about Bulter’s benching, with “the Hoodie” as “open” as ever about his feelings on the matter.
“Right now, my focus is on the 2018 season. Not 2017. Not 2014. Not 2007. Not 2004. Not 2001. Not 2000. I’m not focused on any of those seasons. They’re done.”
“The Hoodie” undoubtedly downloaded the same software as Tiger Woods — aka “Tiger-bot,” revealing nothing on the important matter.
Belichick’s (childish) act has grown tired and his stubbornness of not inserting Butler into last year’s Super Bowl certainly cost the Patriot’s another title.
NFL fans, specifically those of the New England Patriots deserve to know why Butler didn’t play, while his counterparts were getting burnt in the secondary by Nick Foles — who looked to be Aaron Rodgers in disguise.
Their top defensive playmaker sat helplessly on the bench and could have stopped the bleeding before it was too late — feeling disrespected by his (former) coach.
Honestly, I’m tired of coaches like Bill Belichick and Greg Popovich, who have been praised by many, yet acting like complete arrogant pricks — even alienating their star players in the process.
Instead, the gentle, humble approach of Sean McVay of the Los Angeles Rams is gaining traction, creating a new-style of NFL coaches — which we could use more of in all sports.
For me, how a team wins and how a coach carries himself is as important as winning itself.
Bill Belichick should take notes from the likes of Sean McVay, or his smug attitude is going to bite him in the “you know what,” sooner than later.
Karma has a way of catching up with you — and Belichick is no exception — and it appears he’s getting a taste of his own medicine already with Malcolm Butler.