Coach Bill Belichick takes questions about decision to bench cornerback Malcolm Butler

New England Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler takes questions from reporters in the team's locker room following an NFL football practice Thursday Jan. 25 2018 in Foxborough Mass. The Patriots are to play the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl 52 Su

"F-k. It is what it is". "I didn't know how to feel watching that [expletive] without my homie playing, without Malcolm playing", Browner said in a video he shared. They didn't feel comfortable.

". I will say, five minutes after the game is not really the best time to make those decisions". I was just doing my job and supporting my teammates. I ain't gonna say no names.

"They gave up on me", he said on an audio recording aired on ESPN. It would have been very different if the Patriots had been getting it done defensively without Butler.

'In the end, we just couldn't quite make enough plays, and that was all on me.

Butler ranked fourth in pass breakups in 2015 and 2016 before finishing 13th this season, according to Pro Football Focus.

Butler has started 47 of the past 48 games he has appeared in.

Butler was sick earlier in the week and arrived on Tuesday after the Patriots traveled to Minneapolis on Monday. He was active for the game and anybody that is active for the game is ready to go.

The Eagles happily targeted Rowe on their way to a 41-33 victory, with one anonymous Philadelphia assistant acknowledging after the game that Rowe vs. Alshon Jeffery was "a mismatch".

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After Sunday's game, Belichick denied that the decision had anything to do with player discipline.

"It would be a much longer discussion".

On Monday, Belichick offered a hopelessly vague response to a question about Butler: "There are a lot of things that go into that. I don't know what it was", an emotional Butler said as he walked toward the team buses with his family. I'm sure that he felt like he could've helped.

Belichick said immediately after the game that benching Butler was a football decision, and was not a disciplinary action.

He was replaced on Sunday by Eric Rowe, and Butler watched on feeling helpless as the Eagles ran up 538 yards.

And the Eagles were ecstatic to see Butler riding the pine.

Butler's inactivity came as a surprise to many, and now that the trophy has been presented, questions still remain. They have 23 [Patrick Chung] in there. The merits of why are still up for debate as Butler nor head coach Bill Belichick gave a reason other than it being a coaches decision.

"Man, Bill wasn't right at all tonight, man". Patricia also added that Butler was healthy enough to play. The violation might have involved a curfew issue related to Butler attending a Rick Ross concert during Super Bowl week, Rapoport said.

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