'It was a coach's decision.
"I have no opinion on that", Lee said. We just felt good about some of those situations that we had out there and some of the matchups that we had that they possessed based on the skill sets that they have. They didn't feel comfortable.
"I don't know what it was".
Butler, who will be an unrestricted free agent, is a former Pro Bowler.
Following the game, Belichick said it was simply a "coaching decision" to sit Butler.
"I was just doing my job supporting my teammates".
"In Honor of the Super Bowl, you know who I got".
It's hard to understand why Belichick believed Rowe, a backup cornerback, would give the team a better chance to win against the Eagles than Butler.
When asked about where he saw himself next year, Butler offered no comment, noting: 'I ain't Miss Cleo, so I can't tell the future'.
Two weeks ago, Butler openly reflected on his personal journey and admitted that it crossed his mind Super Bowl LII could be his last game with the Patriots.
Malcolm Butler teared up in front of the estimated 111 million viewers during the pre-Super Bowl rendition of the national anthem.
By late Sunday night in Minneapolis, Butler had nothing to talk about at all.
His record of success has insulated Belichick from criticism about his strict methods, for the most part. The Lions are expected to name defensive coordinator Matt Patricia as their head coach and the Colts are expected to tab offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels as theirs. The corner had experienced flu-like symptoms in the week leading up to the Super Bowl, but he arrived in Minnesota on Tuesday - one day after the rest of the team - and took practice reps all week. Butler previously admitted that he didn't have the best season, but said that he was focused on playing football, not his contract.
There's no doubt Butler is a prideful, emotional guy, both on the field and off. He has a lot of passion for the game, ' Rowe said of Butler. You feel me? I can't rock with that.
"He not the first to get caught with weed", Browner wrote in the caption. By then, Malcolm Butler will likely be on a new team.
Belichick did ultimately take the blame for his team's loss on Sunday.
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"We were just trying to run some packages we had on defense, and those guys that were out there for all the situations that we needed them for".