Bill Belichick’s decision to bench Malcolm Butler in Super Bowl 52 was surprising to almost everyone who has followed the New England Patriots.
And that includes team owner Robert Kraft.
According to Albert Breer of the MMQB.com:
On Sunday night, like so many fans in New England, Kraft was looking for answers after his team’s loss to the Eagles, with a single question on the agenda: What in the name of Nick Foles happened to Malcolm Butler?
That is just how deep a secret the benching of Malcolm Butler was—the owner of the team didn’t know. And so goes another weird chapter in perhaps the weirdest season—and, certainly, after the successful last-ditch effort to retain Josh McDaniels, the weirdest week—of the Brady/Belichick dynasty.
It was also reported that Butler’s benching was made known to him right before kickoff. After the game, Belichick and defensive coordinator Matt Patricia both cited match-ups as to why the star corner didn’t play in the big game.
Whether or not that’s the same answer Kraft got when he asked remains to be seen.