The Patriots inability to cover and tackle downfield ended up being their downfall in Super Bowl LII, and that was likely due to the suspicious absence of arguably the team’s best defensive player, Malcolm Butler.
Despite playing the most defensive snaps of anyone on his side of the football this season, Butler entered the game for a single special teams play against the Eagles for a reason even he appeared not to know.
Former New England teammate Brandon Browner came Butler’s defense, ripping head coach Bill Belichick and his questionable decision to sit the man who single handedly won the franchise a Super Bowl just two years ago.
“Man, Bill wasn’t right at all tonight, man,” Browner said in an expletive-laden Instagram post. “I didn’t know how to feel watching that s–t, without my homie playing, without Malcolm f–king playing, didn’t know whether to cheer for their ass. That dude started every game for that team. That was some power-trip s–t to prove a point.”
Even more so, current Patriot Dont’a Hightower liked Browner’s post.