Between The Tackles: Theories On Malcolm Butler’s Super Bowl Benching

Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler

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The mystery of Malcolm Butler’s Super Bowl LII benching has yet to be unraveled.

The New England Patriots’ cornerback didn’t play a single defensive snap in the Patriots’ 41-33 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. Patriots head coach Bill Belichick has been frustratingly vague when asked his reasons for benching Butler.

Butler and his Patriots teammates didn’t provide much more clarity after the game. The Patriots will have media availability in their locker room Monday afternoon at Gillette Stadium. Perhaps someone will come clean on why Butler didn’t play.’s Doug Kyed and Zack Cox and Pats Pulpit’s Rich Hill have their own theories on why Butler was benched. Listen to them on the “Between The Tackles” Super Bowl LII recap show below and subscribe to NESN’s podcast feed on iTunes.

Read Rich’s work at Pats Pulpit here and follow him on Twitter: @PP_Rich_Hill.

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