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Speaking to reporters by phone following his team’s agonizing Super Bowl loss, Patriots head coach Bill Belichick fended off several questions about his decision to keep a hero from a previous Super Bowl on the bench.
Butler, who caught an interception at the goal line against the Seattle Seahawks in the closing moments of Super Bowl XLIX, was benched to start the Sunday’s game against the Eagles.
“I respect Malcolm’s competitiveness and I’m sure that he felt like he could have helped,” Belichick said Monday. “I’m sure the players felt the same way, but in the end, we have to make the decisions that we feel are best for the football team. So we did. That’s what I did. That’s really all I can say about it.”
Belichick was pressed for more specifics several times,
but declined to provide new insight into the reasoning behind his decision. At one point, he told reporters that explaining the call would require a longer conversation but he did not offer to have that talk.
“There’s a lot of things that go into that,” he said. “In the end, the final decision is what I said it was.”
Belichick was also asked about his plans for next season and whether he thought tight end Rob Gronkowski would be returning to the team.
Again, he declined to provide specifics but suggested that every member of the club would need some time to handle the Super Bowl loss and consider their plans for next year.
“Everyone who is involved in an NFL season, you get pretty drained. Especially in a season like this. So you go through the end of the year process and the following year is the following year,” he said.