Updated: 8:53 a.m.
Turns out Lane Johnson is protective of Carson Wentz both on the field and on social media.
Donovan McNabb, who has become a professional annoying person since fading out of the NFL during the 2011 season, said in a radio interview with Zach Gelb of CBS Sports Radio on Saturday that the Eagles will need to start thinking about replacing Carson Wentz if the Eagles don’t reach an NFC Championship Game by next year.
Here’s Dave Zangaro’s story on that.
That didn’t go over too well with Johnson, the Eagles’ all-pro right tackle, who tweeted this on Easter Sunday:
@donovanjmcnabb 🐍 🐍 🐍 🐍 🐍 🐍...and you wonder why nobody respects you when you come back!!!!— Lane Johnson (@LaneJohnson65) April 22, 2019
Later in the evening, Johnson went on 94WIP and explained the way he felt.
This is what I meant — every training camp we have all of these ex-players come and shake our hands, wish us good luck. Then, they just go out and just talk hate. I feel there is a lot of envy, jealously, and I see a lot of fakery. It isn’t just me — a lot of other teammates see it too. You would think the best quarterback in franchise history would try to build up a young man that looks up to him instead of always criticizing him, critiquing him and wishing he would fail so he could be the missing link and feel better himself. That is what I don’t like.
McNabb’s post-Eagles career has been a train wreck. He won only six of 19 starts with the Redskins and Vikings before drifting out of the NFL at the relatively young age of 35.
He worked briefly for NFL Network and ESPN before losing his ESPN job following allegations of sexual harassment when he worked at NFL Network, allegations he has denied.
And he had DUI convictions in 2013 and 2015 and served an 18-day sentence along with a 72-day house arrest sentence after the second one.
And he keeps saying dumb stuff.
McNabb was a very good quarterback. But he can’t seem to get through an interview without saying something embarrassing, inappropriate or just plain dumb.
The issue isn’t whether the Eagles would need to replace Wentz in two years — of course they won’t, if he continues to play at a high level. And of course they will if he can’t stay healthy or struggles.
The issue is that it’s McNabb saying it. Which comes across petty and passive aggressive considering Wentz plays the same position for the same team that McNabb did for 11 years.
McNabb just has a way of getting under people's skin. It’s why Philadelphia never truly embraced him even though he took the Eagles to the playoffs eight times, won nine playoff games and made six Pro Bowls.
This time it was Lane Johnson whose skin he got under. Next time it’ll be someone else.
Some things never change.
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