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.”
David Harris's 11-year run in the NFL has come to an end.
On Friday, the linebacker announced his retirement from the game of football after spending 10 seasons with the Jets and one with the Patriots.
The Jets drafted Harris with the 47th pick in the 2007 NFL Draft. In his rookie season, he racked up 5 sacks and 127 total tackles. His breakout rookie season was an clear indication of the solid player he would become over the course of his career.
Although he neither won a Super Bowl, nor made it to a Pro Bowl, the linebacker served as a focal point on a Rex Ryan defense that appeared in two AFC Championships in 2010 and 2011.
When he was released in 2017, the 34-year-old made a career choice to sign with the Patriots to compete for a Super Bowl.
He didn't go out a champion, but a trip to the Super Bowl was a once-in-a-lifetime experience for one of the most underrated linebackers of the past decade.
Admittedly, the audio is poor but the idea is no less intriguing.
Was Odell Beckham Jr. telling Kyrie Irving at NBA All-Star Weekend that he's trying to go to the Patriots? Or to Boston? Or New England?
It's 23 seconds into the video below:
Isaiah Houde of USA TODAY's PatriotsWire interprets it as: "You went to the Celtics and I’m trying to go to New England."
Beckham has had a few Instagram posts about Brady recently, including an exchange of rap lyrics back in December.
Unless there's a trade between the Patriots and Giants, Beckham, 25, the three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver, won't be free to join Kyrie in New England - or was it Boston? - until the four-year deal he signed in 2014 ends after this season. Oh, and as he enters that 2019 season, Tom Brady will be 42.