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Lane Johnson doubles down on comments about the Patriot Way

Lane Johnson doubles down on comments about the Patriot Way

Lane Johnson isn't backing down.

In a return appearance on the Pardon My Take podcast, the Eagles' right tackle doubled down on his recent assessment of the Patriot Way.

"I think a lot of guys just wanna be happy playing football. ... The Patriots, they obviously won five Super Bowls. So it's the Patriot Way to win the Super Bowl," Johnson said. "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?"

In Johnson's first appearance on the podcast, he called the Patriot Way a "fear-based organization" and questioned whether players actually have fun during their time in New England, even amid the historic success. Those comments caused a stir, most notably from former Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi, who clapped back at Johnson's comments in multiple appearances on ESPN.

Johnson then responded on Twitter by calling Bruschi "a company man." On the podcast, Johnson followed up on ex-Patriots disagreeing with his comments by inferring that they aren't telling the real truth about their time in New England. 

"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 not only upset an ex-Patriot with his comments but their fans as well. 

"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."

Johnson's full appearance on the podcast can be heard here via Barstool Sports. Johnson joins the podcast about 59 minutes in.

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.