It’s been a rough couple weeks for Darius Butler. Chad Ochocinco got the best of him seven days ago, and the Jets picked on him repeatedly this week, driving the second-year corner to frustration late in the game.
“It’s frustrating at times,” Butler said. “You’re not making plays, especially when they start calling some penalties you don’t agree with. Obviously, that gets frustrating. That’s gonna happen, but I still got play my game.”
Butler got beat for a 10-yard touchdown by Braylon Edwards in the second quarter, a 2-point conversion by Edwards in the third quarter, and was repeatedly targeted by Mark Sanchez in coverage. Then, on the Jets’ final touchdown drive, he drew the pair of aforementioned interference calls that added up to 39 yards.
The UConn product continues to look like a guy who’s close on a lot of plays, but not quite close enough. The good news is he’s owning up to them. Whether he can fix the problems remains to be seen.
“We gave up some penalties, and we just didn’t do a good job of executing, not in the second half, not even on some things in the first half,” Butler said. “We gotta do better. I gotta do better.”