Tedy Bruschi rips Lane Johnson, Eagles

Tedy Bruschi rips Lane Johnson, Eagles

Lane Johnson was recently on the Pardon My Take podcast and talked honestly about his perception of the Patriots' organization. His assessment of the Patriots' Way has now caused a stir. 

Basically, Johnson said he thought the Patriots were a "fear-based organization." He didn't doubt their greatness, but he said he didn't think players had fun playing there and he'd rather win one Super Bowl and have fun than win five and be miserable. 

OK, so Johnson has never played for the Patriots and he can't know what it's like, but that was his perception of it. 

That rubbed former Patriots linebacker and three-time Super Bowl champion Tedy Bruschi the wrong way. Bruschi made some rounds on Monday. First he appeared on ESPN's First Take to say that he had a lot of fun playing his career in New England. He then seemed peeved that Johnson is still talking about the Patriots instead of enjoying his Super Bowl victory. Oh well, but fair enough. 

But then Bruschi doubled down with some pretty nonsensical remarks when he appeared on The Will Cain Show on ESPN Radio

Here's what Bruschi said:

"Let me tell you what, coming from a guy that's failed going back to back once and then succeeded going back to back once, it takes a lot more, fellas, than planned end zone celebrations, dog masks and trick plays to go back to back. So if you think it's going to be all fun to win another championship next year, you got it all wrong. It takes serious men, it takes serious conversations, it takes serious practices, goal setting, all of that stuff. So he's going to see how hard it is." 

That's just nonsense. First, to say that it's going to take a lot more than celebrations, dog masks and trick plays to win another Super Bowl would be saying that's how the Eagles won this Super Bowl in the first place. While all that stuff was fun, it didn't win them any football games and it certainly didn't win Super Bowl LII against an extremely good Patriots team. 

From there, Bruschi decides to talk about how hard it is to win back-to-back championships. Of course, he would know. But to pretend that the Eagles don't take their craft seriously because they seem to have fun doing it is pretty silly, not to mention pretty insulting. 

To say it's going to take serious practices to repeat as Super Bowl champions, insinuates that the Eagles didn't have serious practices on their path to winning this year's Super Bowl. That's just stupid. Obviously, Bruschi wasn't around during the bye week in the playoffs when the Eagles strapped on the pads and went first-team offense vs. first-team defense — something that's rarely done during the season in today's NFL — for two grueling days. 

But the Eagles wore dog masks and did the Electric Slide ... guess they weren't taking it seriously. Come on, man. There's no way he can really believe that. And now it just comes off as a 44-year-old former linebacker trying to defend the brand he was once a part of, a brand that really doesn't need defending, especially not with a Swiss-cheese defense like this one.

Meanwhile, this is now Johnson's pinned tweet on his Twitter profile.

And Lane Kiffin chimed in with support of Johnson.

Lane Johnson lets loose on the Patriots' culture

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Lane Johnson lets loose on the Patriots' culture

It's a week later and the storylines continue to pour out of the Eagles' Super Bowl LII victory over the New England Patriots.

The latest has never-shy Eagles offensive lineman Lane Johnson giving his thoughts on the Patriots organization as a whole and the culture the Pats have created.

On the Pardon My Take podcast last week, Johnson let out how he really feels.

"I just think that The Patriot Way is a fear-based organization," he 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."

Over their almost decade and a half of success, the Pats have been notoriously tight-lipped and have been ruthless when it comes to cutting or trading players in certain situations. Of course, there have also been scandals such as SpyGate and the DeflateGate.

"You only get to do this job one time, so let's have fun while we're doing it," Johnson continued. "Not to be reckless, but I'd much rather have fun and win a Super Bowl than be miserable and win five Super Bowls."

Hey, to be the man, you gotta beat the man. And when you beat the man, you get the talking and bragging rights.

Johnson's full interview can be heard here via Barstool Sports.

The Patriots have a new owner, according to Google


The Patriots have a new owner, according to Google

Nick Foles has had himself a week. 

On Sunday, he threw for three touchdowns and caught another to help lead the Eagles to their first Super Bowl title with a 41-33 win over the Patriots.

On Monday, he was in Disney World after being named the Super Bowl MVP.

On Thursday, he strolled down Broad Street with the Lombardi Trophy as the entire city of Philadelphia gave him a standing ovation.

And to cap off a legendary week, Foles is now the owner of the New England Patriots.

At least according to Google.

If you Google searched "New England Patriots owner" Saturday it would be Foles, not actual owner Robert Kraft, that would appear as the search result.

While this is just a funny incorrect Google result, Eagles fans will always remember Foles as owning the Pats in Super Bowl LII. 

(h/t NBC10

To relive the intensity heading into Super Bowl LII between the Eagles and Patriots, tune into the re-airing of Philly vs. Boston on Sunday at 1 p.m. on NBCSP.