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Eagles' Lane Johnson is at it again on the Patriots

Eagles' Lane Johnson is at it again on the Patriots

Eagles offensive lineman Lane Johnson, who caused a stir last week by calling the Patriots a "fear-based organization," was back doubling down on his comments on another Barstool Sports' "Pardon My Take podcast.

Johnson's comments come at the 59-minute mark of the hour-plus-long podcast. 

"I think a lot of guys just wanna be happy playing football...," Johnson said. "The Patriots, they obviously won five Super Bowls. So it's the Patriot Way to win the Super Bowl. Does that mean that everybody has to act the same way, do the same thing? Is that necessarily the guidelines to win the Super Bowl?"

After Johnson's first PMT podcast appearance a week ago, in which he wondered how much fun the Patriots had in winning their five Super Bowls, he drew responses from ex-Pats linebacker Tedy Bruschi and current Pats linebacker Marquis Flowers, who each fired back about the Eagles tackle's criticism.  

This time, Johnson told the podcast that obviously an ex-Patriots and current Patriots aren't going to be critical of the organization. 

"Well they kept interviewing ex-Patriots players, what do you think they're gonna say? 'I hated it there? No, I won Super Bowls. We had a great time.' They're not gonna bad-mouth their coach," Johnson said. "They're not gonna say what they really want to say. Do you think that's gonna happen? Hell no, it's not gonna happen."

Johnson said he's gotten plenty of hate mail from New England fans, but said he hasn't read it.

"And I just pissed in everybody's Cheerios and everybody in Boston," Johnson said. "Hey, I got hate mail I still haven't read. I'm looking forward to reading it."


QUICK SLANTS THE PODCAST: Jerod Mayo responds to Lane Johnson's comments

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QUICK SLANTS THE PODCAST: Jerod Mayo responds to Lane Johnson's comments

(2:00) Jerod Mayo on how much transition the Patriots as a whole has to go through this offseason, will this offseason be different than previous years?

(4:00) Does Bill Belichick have a problem with Gronkowski and Brady being public figures outside of football?

(8:00) Does creating a new defensive identity become the biggest focus for the Patriots this offseason?

(11:00) What does Jerod Mayo think is the biggest need on the Patriots defense?

(15:00) Jerod Mayo weighs in on how different the NFL is now when it comes to how teams play defense since he had played. 

(18:00) Should Belichick just draft the best athlete in the draft, or look for certain position?

(24:00) Jerod Mayo responds to Lane Johnson’s comments about Patriots being a “fear-based organization”

(28:00) Phil Perry breaks down his offensive tackle offseason primer, and what options the Patriots have at the position. 

Tedy Bruschi, Lane Johnson exchange barbs over The Patriot Way

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Tedy Bruschi, Lane Johnson exchange barbs over The Patriot Way

Tedy Bruschi has a word of advice for Lane Johnson: hush.

The former Patriots linebacker and current ESPN analyst told Johnson he should be putting New England in his rear-view mirror after the Eagles tackle criticized The Patriot Way, and called Bill Belichick's Patriots a "fear-based organization."

“This is a sign when people just don’t know how to regularly win football games," Bruschi said on ESPN's "First Take" on Monday. "You talk about the other team and talk about who you beat, you're bringing up other things. What are you talking about? Just celebrate with your teammates. Let me teach you how to celebrate a world championship. Because when you win back-to-back championships, from a guy that's failed trying to do it and also from a guy that's succeeded trying to do it, you need more than planned celebrations, dog masks and trick plays. He will learn that this year when you try to repeat, but you are bringing up the New England Patriots in a time you shouldn’t be.”

Johnson's comments came during an interview on Barstool Sports' podcast "Pardon My Take" when Johnson also called New England's players "[expletive] robots" in their dealings with the media. Johnson said he'd rather have fun winning one championship in Philly instead of winning five with the Patriots, where they don't seem to enjoy themselves.

“Lane Johnson, I don’t know what he’s talking about," Bruschi said on ESPN. "I had a lot of fun. There were so many times that we would speak out in meetings. The entire team meeting would erupt in laughter. We're playing music on the team plane. We had so much fun in the ones that I was there. I cannot understand what he’s saying there.”

Belichick and Eagles coach Doug Pederson, the man who beat Belichick in Super Bowl LII, do have vastly different coaching styles. Pederson's Eagles were open and expansive with the media during the Super Bowl week. The Patriots were not. That, in part, was emblematic of how the organizations operate.

Current Patriots linebacker Marquis Flowers also fired back at Johnson on Twitter.

“If you want a relationship and you want to double-date with your coach, I mean go play with those guys," Bruschi said with a smile. "Go ahead. Unless you want -- if you want to learn how to win games and consistently win games throughout your career, you play for Bill Belichick."

Johnson, who never seems short of words, had a quick response for Bruschi on Twitter. For now, Johnson got the last word.