Patriots safety Devin McCourty, who said last week that he and his teammates knew Malcolm Butler wouldn't be starting in the Super Bowl, tried to clarify those comments in a SiriusXM radio interview Friday.
#Patriots Safety Devin McCourty on finding out Malcolm Butler would not be playing in SB52: "We never really knew...the starting part we knew, but him not playing...as Bill said it was a coaching decision" pic.twitter.com/cZ0n3l3Dd3— SiriusXM NFL Radio (@SiriusXMNFL) February 23, 2018
So, the players knew Butler wasn't starting, but as far as Butler not playing (he had one special teams appearance) at all? That mystery remains unsolved.
McCourty stuck with the Patriot Way when asked in the SiriusXM interview if Butler would've helped the defense that surrendered 41 points to the Eagles in the Super Bowl.
"A lot hurt us...we didn't stop anything defensively...we can go down the list of Hall of Famers we could have used," McCourty said.