The New England Patriots are on Lane Johnson's brain. He can't stop talking about them. And he doesn't have nice things to say.
"Here's what pissed me off," Johnson told ESPN Tuesday. "The Patriots, obviously, I respect their coach, I respect Bill [Belichick], I respect Tom Brady, but just because the way that they won the Super Bowls, the Patriot Way, is that how everybody else is supposed to do the same thing? No, it's not. And that's what I got mad at, the arrogance by them.
"There was obviously some stuff behind closed doors. Their owner talking s--- to our owner. Bill talking s--- to our head coach [Doug Pederson] before the game. I'm not going to say it, but a lot of s--- kind built up to that, and I just got tired of hearing about it, man, to be honest."
Johnson has been on an anti-Patriots tear since the Philadelphia Eagles beat the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII. He first spoke out against Bill Belichick's methodology on Barstool's podcast, "Pardon My Take." Johnson called New England a "fear-based organization" on Feb. 9. He wasn't done. After Patriots players -- like NBC Sports Boston's Jerod Mayo -- defended Belichick, Johnson refused to believe players actually want to play for Belichick.
“They kept interviewing ex-Patriots players,” he said on “Pardon My Take” on Feb 16. “What do you think they’re going to say? ‘I [expletive] hated it there’? No. ‘I won Super Bowls. We had a great time.’ They’re not going to bad mouth their coach. They’re not going to say what they really want to say. Do you think that’s going to happen? Hell no, it’s not going to happen.”
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."
(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.