New England Patriots

By Matt Dolloff,

Sorry to do this to you but I promise it’s amusing. Malcolm Butler went over to Patriots reporters with a big smile on his face after joint practice on Thursday, and he came with jokes – about his benching in Super Bowl LII.

Yes, it remains one of the great mysteries in NFL history. But at the same time, Butler is happy now with the Titans. And Bill Belichick, well, he just delivered one of his finest seasons in a Super Bowl-winning 2018.

Nonetheless, Butler was asked if he has any regrets about how his Patriots career ended. He busted out some gallows humor (via MassLive’s Andrew Callahan) about his one snap in that Super Bowl loss to the Eagles.

The whole controversy is so far in the past now that I couldn’t be less interested in debating about it. But I did think it was nice to see that Butler has a sense of humor about it at this point and wasn’t going to engage in a serious talk about something from nearly two calendar years ago.

Carry on.



Matt Dolloff is a digital producer for Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Have a news tip, question, or comment for Matt? Follow him on Twitter @mattdolloff or email him at

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