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Marquis Flowers jabs back at Eagles' Lane Johnson

Marquis Flowers jabs back at Eagles' Lane Johnson

Marquis Flowers had a lot to say on Twitter on Monday. The Patriots linebacker, who chalked up his busy day of tweeting to offseason boredom, took aim at Eagles tackle Lane Johnson, who called the Patriots a "fear-based organization."

Flowers knocked the Eagles' Super Bowl resume, which includes just one win. New England has five championship titles -- all of which have come under Bill Belichick and Tom Brady. But Johnson reasoned that he'd rather have one Super Bowl with the Eagles than five under Belichick.

"Obviously, do they win? Hell yes, they win. They've won for a long time," Johnson told Barstool Sports on the podcast, "Pardon My Take." "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 I'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."

That wasn't Flowers' only defense of Belichick on Twitter Monday. He backed his coach after seeing the Boston Sports Journal's critical analysis of Belichick's game plan for Super Bowl LII. The story was titled, "Bedard’s Defensive Breakdown: Marquis Flowers’ role among bigger failures than Butler issue." BSJ's Greg Bedard noted how Flowers seemed to be used in all the wrong ways on Super Bowl Sunday. Flowers didn't see it that way.

Former Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi, now an ESPN analyst, also took exception to Johnson's criticism of "The Patriot Way." 

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Kyrie Irving, Tom Brady on list of ESPN's most famous athletes

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Kyrie Irving, Tom Brady on list of ESPN's most famous athletes

ESPN posted its annual list of the 100 most famous athletes Tuesday, a study that combines how often they're searched online, how much they make in endorsements and what their following is on social media. 

As such, Tom Brady, whose social media presence is rather limited, was not the most famous Boston athlete. He was one of only two players currently on Boston teams to show up on the list. Kyrie Irving ranked No. 27, while Brady came in at No. 38. 

Isaiah Thomas, now a free agent and two teams removed from his Celtics days, ranked 92nd. 

The top five, in order, consisted of Cristiano Ronaldo, LeBron James, Lionel Messi, Neymar and Roger Federer. 
 

Report: Brady, Gronk at TB12 despite skipping OTAs

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Report: Brady, Gronk at TB12 despite skipping OTAs

We can rule out travel for the reason as to why Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski have been missing OTAs. 

According to the Boston Herald's Karen Guregian, both Brady and Gronkowski were at TB12 Monday, which is located at Patriot Place right next to Gillette Stadium. 

Brady's absence from OTAs is notable, as the quarterback has not only gone to them in years past, but stressed their importance as it relates to preparing for the season. The two skipping out on OTAs does little to quell concerns about rifts between the Patriots and their star players.