Lane Johnson still annoyed by Patriot Way, claims pre-Super Bowl trash talk

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Lane Johnson still annoyed by Patriot Way, claims pre-Super Bowl trash talk

Update: Lane Johnson … still not a big fan of the Patriots or the Patriot Way. 

You’ll probably remember shortly after the Super Bowl in February, when Johnson went on the Pardon My Take podcast and let loose on the Patriots’ culture, calling New England a “fear-based organization.” And then you’ll probably remember when he went back on the same podcast later in that month and doubled down

Now, he’s … tripled down. 

But at least this time, on the Steve Austin (Stone Cold!) Podcast, Johnson went into a little more detail about the origin of his distain for the Patriots. 

“Here’s what pissed me off,” Johnson answered when asked by Austin about the differences between the Eagles and the Pats. “The Patriots, obviously, I respect their coach, I respect Bill (Belichick), I respect Tom Brady, but just because they won Super Bowls the Patriot Way, is that supposed to be how everybody else is supposed to do the same thing? No, it’s not. And that’s what I got mad at, the arrogance of them. 

“There was obviously some stuff behind closed doors. Their owner talking s--- to our owner. Bill talking s--- to our head coach before the game. I’m not going to say it, but a lot of s--- built up to that and I just got tired of hearing about it, man, to be honest. I saw a defense that wasn’t overly talented. It was all really about containing Tom Brady. We had a hard time doing that; he had 505 yards. But that was really it, man. Going into the game, I’m not going to be shell-shocked by it. That was kind of our thing going in. I think we had the upper hand on that.”

This is the first time anyone has mentioned possible trash talk between owners or coaches of the two teams leading into Super Bowl LII, which the Eagles won 41-33 back on Feb. 4 in Minnesota. 

It seems like Johnson, perhaps even before then, had become annoyed by the aura that seemed to surround Belichick, Brady and the mighty Patriots.  

“The way I try to approach the game, I try to approach it fearless,” Johnson said. “We talk about the Patriots, I got in a lot of trouble running my mouth. But my thinking was they give too much respect to these f------ guys. Everybody is half-assed scared of them and they’re beat before they get on the field. I ain’t playing Tom Brady; I don’t give a f--- about him. 

“I know that defensive line ain’t going to do s--- against us and that was kind of my approach. I’m out there talking s--- to them, but our meeting rooms, I’m telling our guys that and I think a lot of times before games, a lot of guys are beat mentally. I can tell you that first-hand from my rookie year. You look at guys on paper, size and speed, that s--- don’t matter.” 

Later in the podcast — the whole thing was pretty entertaining, by the way — Austin asked Johnson if he ever found out why Malcolm Butler didn’t play in the Super Bowl. Johnson said he didn’t know for sure and that no one ever will. 

He said Patriots players say in the media what the team tells them to — “Like I said, they’re robots.” 

But at least Johnson didn’t leave the hour-long interview without giving out some credit to the team in New England. He talked about how difficult it will be to repeat and sustain a level of excellence, something the Patriots have been able to do unlike any other team in recent history. 

“I think we can learn from the Patriots, even though I don’t like them,” Johnson said. “I think you can learn from them. They’ve had that consistency year in and year out for a long time and it’s hard. People want to pat you on the back and tell you how good you are. And that’s the worst thing you can do, to have that relief factor, kind of pause and think everything’s made for you.”

Lane Johnson not pleased with ranking on NFL's top 100

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Lane Johnson not pleased with ranking on NFL's top 100

Lane Johnson had a breakout season in 2017, holding down the right tackle spot for the Eagles on his way to his first Pro Bowl and All-Pro honors. 

And he even made the NFL Network’s Top 100 players list, which is voted on by players. 

All the way down at No. 95. 

“Obviously, I think it’s a joke to be honest with you,” Johnson said on the Mike Missanelli Show Friday afternoon. 

That’s when fill-in co-host Eytan Shander interjected: “Good it is a joke. You were robbed.”

Johnson, 28, is considered by most to be the best right tackle in the NFL and there will likely be plenty of the guys he shut down during last season on the list ahead of him. 

“Yeah, but that’s alright,” Johnson answered. “Better luck next year. That’s what they tell me. I think it’s just … there’s so many great players, it’s hard to put them in order. I guess just being on there is cool. Hoping next year, I’ll be a little bit lower on the list.”

Johnson isn’t the only Eagles player who might have a beef with where they’re slotted on the list. So far, the bottom 50 have been revealed and the Eagles have four players so far: 

68. Zach Ertz 
69. Fletcher Cox
95. Lane Johnson 
96. Malcolm Jenkins  

Johnson also talked about a few other topics on Friday shows, which was co-hosted by Shander and Geoff Mosher. He mentioned that he’s obviously hated in Boston and loved in Philly for his comments about the Patriots. 

He also talked about his relationship with Jason Peters, becoming a more vocal leader, and, of course, this … 

Getting Eagles fans ready for Memorial Day weekend

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Getting Eagles fans ready for Memorial Day weekend

In the latest edition of Eagle Eye, an Eagles podcast, Derrick Gunn and Barrett Brooks get you ready for Memorial Day weekend. They share tips and suggestions for your weekend cookout. The latest on the NFL's national anthem policy. And how did Barrett spend his first ever NFL paycheck?

Also, the lengths Barrett will go to get invited to Gunner's house.

1:00 - Weekend plans.
3:00 - Gunner has a big weekend coming.
5:00 - Barrett is busy this weekend.
6:00 - Stories from cookouts.
11:00 - Worst things about cookouts.
15:00 - Latest on NFL's national anthem policy.
21:00 - How did Barrett spend his first NFL paycheck in 1995.

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