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This was Malcolm Butler’s reaction to Matt Patricia calling offense

Former New England Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler spoke with Scott Zolak and Marc Bertrand on Super Bowl’s radio row Thursday afternoon. He touched on several topics, including Matt Patricia running the Patriots offense during the 2022 season.

Butler signed with the organization as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2014, before signing a deal with the Tennessee Titans in 2018. He signed a contract to return to New England in 2022, but he was placed on injured reserve in August and never saw the field.

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Butler worked under Patricia when he served as the defensive coordinator for the Patriots.

Like most, he was confused by New England’s decision to name Patricia as the team’s offensive play-caller for the 2022 season, as reported by’s Zack Cox.

“I’m not trying to judge or throw nobody under the bus, but yeah, I was shocked [Matt Patricia was calling the offensive plays],” said Butler. “I was kind of shocked that he was doing offense. Matty P is a defensive guy, 100 percent. He’s a defensive guy. Not saying offensive guys are soft, but he likes tough guys and tough guys play defense.”

New England will have a remade offensive unit with Bill O’Brien running the show on that side of the football. In the meantime, Butler will have things of his own planned, including a tell-all book where he might finally broach the topic of his Super Bowl LII benching.

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