Trouble keeping up? Here’s a timeline of the big Patriots news since the Super Bowl

In case you couldn't keep up with the busy news cycle, here's a glance at the stories as they developed.

Patriots coaches before Super Bowl LII.
Patriots coaches before Super Bowl LII. –Barry Chin/Globe staff

The Patriots offseason is less than a week old and has already witnessed more drama than Bill Belichick’s team usually experiences in an entire year.

In the wake of Super Bowl LII, an offseason of uncertainty is already underway. Major emerging stories include the fallout from Malcolm Butler being benched, as well as the fate of Patriots assistant coaches.

Here’s a timeline of the eventful offseason so far:

Sunday, Feb. 4

10:30 p.m.: Bill Belichick reacted to the Super Bowl loss and offered the first explanation of why Malcolm Butler was benched on defense. Belichick said the decision wasn’t made for disciplinary reasons:


10:49 p.m.: Josh McDaniels wouldn’t say whether he intended to leave for Indianapolis or not:

11:08 p.m.: ESPN reporter Mike Reiss caught up with Butler shortly afterward:

11:31 p.m.: Rob Gronkowski wouldn’t commit to continuing his NFL career:

Monday, Feb. 5

11:58 a.m.: Belichick offered further comments on Butler’s benching after he was asked about it in an end-of-season talk with the media:

I appreciate the question, but it would be a much longer discussion. There are a lot of things that go into that. In the end, the final decision is what I said it was.

12:00 p.m.: Belichick weighed in on Gronkowski’s future:

12:02 p.m.: Belichick said he has “no idea” about McDaniels’s future:

3:00 p.m.: Matt Patricia was officially announced as the next head coach of the Detroit Lions:

5:05 p.m.: Patriots cornerback Johnson Bademosi didn’t want to talk:

7:18 p.m.: A report is made that “several factors” led to Butler’s benching:

Tuesday, Feb. 6

12:21 a.m.: A report emerged that Rob Gronkowski’s home had been broken into while he was at the Super Bowl:

11:12 a.m.: Josh McDaniels was reported to have “officially” accepted the role of head coach of the Indianapolis Colts:

12:35 p.m.: A report from NBC Sports Boston alleged that Malcolm Butler committed a curfew violation during the Super Bowl week:

4:11 p.m.: Malcolm Butler posted a message on social media in response to Super Bowl benching and reports of curfew violation:


4:13 p.m.: Tom Brady responded to Butler’s post on Instagram with supportive comment:

7:34 p.m.: In a dramatic twist, Josh McDaniels decided he would not accept the Colts head coaching job and would remain with the Patriots:

8:18 p.m.: A report was made that Patriots special teams coach Joe Judge would stay with the team:

(Approximately) 9:30 p.m.: Belichick and Robert Kraft meet at Davio’s in Patriot Place for dinner:

Wednesday, Feb. 7

11:13 a.m.: Colts general manager Chris Ballard discussed McDaniels’s surprising decision in a press conference:

11:30 a.m.: Closing out the press conference, Ballard had a dramatic final line in reference to the Patriots:

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12:47 p.m.: Patricia gets a first official tour as coach of the Lions:

3:11 p.m.: Patricia offered his thanks to Belichick in his introductory Lions press conference