He wiped his nose. I just feel that way. I can't even explain it right now.
Butler was caught on camera during the national anthem.
You could understand the emotion.
Butler stretched after the coin toss, bending side-to-side and kicking both legs.
Despite having to contest the playoffs with backup quarterback Nick Foles rather than starter Carson Wentz, whose MVP-calibre season was cruelly ended by a knee injury in December, Pederson has never wavered from his aggressive style of play-calling.
Butler was, no surprise, devastated in the aftermath of the Patriots' loss.
He didn't need a shower after this one. You divide the locker room when you do that.
"In Honor of the Super Bowl, you know who I got".
He fixed his chain, grabbed his backpack, gave us a quick salute, and took off.
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Butler took more snaps during the regular season than any other member of the Patriots, which left many puzzled by the coaching staff's explanations for their decision.
"Ask Malcolm", said linebacker Elandon Roberts. "I ain't Miss Cleo", he said, "so I can't tell the future".
Neither Patriots' coach Bill Belichick nor the team organization in general have responded to questions about Butler's benching. 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. So it kind of turned out that way, and the game, with the way it went and some of the situations that came up, that was just kind of the way it went.
Butler was clearly upset after the Super Bowl on Sunday.
Patriots owner Robert Kraft apologized to the team's fans at a party after New England's 41-33 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday night in Super Bowl LII at Minneapolis. This time it was he who made the critical error in judgement and, unlike those before him, Pederson refused to let the rarest of opportunities slip through his fingers and delivered the trophy that has long since evaded the Eagles' grasp. The second of those plays came on third-and-12. He was the one to poke the ball free as Austin Seferian-Jenkins crossed the goal line in Week 6.
Say this for Butler: Few players can match his fire. In their dime package, the Patriots used two cornerbacks and four safeties, adding Richards to the mix. From the big-picture perspective, one of the things that covering Belichick's teams has opened my eyes to over the years is viewing the game through the three-phase prism, with special teams a big part of it. We could get Alshon [Jeffery] out there against him.
After the game, Belichick said it was a football decision, not a disciplinary move. Now the dynamics change because Butler can explore the open market with no restrictions, and that can be a great mediator of sorts to let him know what he's worth and if whatever the Patriots would offer is close to his market value. He explained the gold chain hanging from his neck, and its boxing glove pendant.
"They love the way I fight", Butler said. "I fight through everything".
Butler himself was asked why he didn't play. You make the decision to give us the best chance to win.