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.
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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."
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“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.”