Super Bowl 52

Marquis Flowers jabs back at Eagles' Lane Johnson

Marquis Flowers jabs back at Eagles' Lane Johnson

Marquis Flowers had a lot to say on Twitter on Monday. The Patriots linebacker, who chalked up his busy day of tweeting to offseason boredom, took aim at Eagles tackle Lane Johnson, who called the Patriots a "fear-based organization."

Flowers knocked the Eagles' Super Bowl resume, which includes just one win. New England has five championship titles -- all of which have come under Bill Belichick and Tom Brady. But Johnson reasoned that he'd rather have one Super Bowl with the Eagles than five under Belichick.

"Obviously, do they win? Hell yes, they win. They've won for a long time," Johnson told Barstool Sports on the podcast, "Pardon My Take." "Do I think people enjoy and can say, 'I had a lot of fun playing there'? No, I don't. That's just the God's honest truth. They're successful, but when they go to interviews, they act like [expletive] robots. Hey, stop being a [expletive] head. We can be cordial for a little bit. You only get to do this job one time, so let's have fun while we're doing it. Not to be reckless, but I'd much rather have fun and win a Super Bowl than be miserable and win five Super Bowls. But hey, it is what it is."

That wasn't Flowers' only defense of Belichick on Twitter Monday. He backed his coach after seeing the Boston Sports Journal's critical analysis of Belichick's game plan for Super Bowl LII. The story was titled, "Bedard’s Defensive Breakdown: Marquis Flowers’ role among bigger failures than Butler issue." BSJ's Greg Bedard noted how Flowers seemed to be used in all the wrong ways on Super Bowl Sunday. Flowers didn't see it that way.

Former Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi, now an ESPN analyst, also took exception to Johnson's criticism of "The Patriot Way." 

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WWE wrestler friend hints at Gronk retirement

WWE wrestler friend hints at Gronk retirement

Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski appeared to be mulling retirement in the aftermath of the Super Bowl 52 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles a week ago. His friend, WWE wrestler Mojo Rawley hinted that Gronk might be entering the wrestling ring.

"It's not a matter of if, it's a matter of WHEN," Rawley told TMZ Sports of Gronk perhaps leaving football behind permanently at 28 to begin a wrestling career. Although he did add: "I can't speak for him."

Gronk teamed with Rawley last April at Wrestlemania: 

Eagles OT Lane Johnson: Patriots a 'fear-based' organization

Eagles OT Lane Johnson: Patriots a 'fear-based' organization

Did the Patriots lose the Super Bowl because they were afraid and weren't having fun?

That's the theory offered by Eagles offensive tackle Lane Johnson, on Barstool Sports' "Pardon My Take" podcast that was published Friday. Johnson's remarks appear 33 minutes into the podcast that covers a variety of topics.

Johnson, who has made no secret of his disdain for the Patriots and their quarterback who he called a "pretty boy" in the run-up to Super Bowl 52, told the podcast that the Pats players don't enjoy playing for the Pats because they're a "fear-based organization."

“I just think that The Patriot Way is a fear-based organization,” Johnson said. “Obviously, do they win? Hell yes, they win. They’ve won for a long time. Do I think people enjoy and can say, ‘I had a lot of fun playing there’? No, I don’t. That’s just the God’s honest truth. “They’re successful, but when they go to interviews, they act like [expletive] robots. Hey, stop being a [expletive] head. We can be cordial for a little bit. You only get to do this job one time, so let’s have fun while we’re doing it. Not to be reckless, but we'd much rather have fun and win a Super Bowl than be miserable and win five Super Bowls. But hey, it is what it is.”

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