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Eagles Player Lane Johnson Criticizes the Patriot Way

The offensive tackle also said Pats owner Robert Kraft and coach Bill Belichick were talking trash ahead of the Super Bowl. This isn't the first time Johnson has had something to say about the New England squad.


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The Super Bowl was more than three months ago, but Eagles offensive tackle Lane Johnson is still all sorts of annoyed with the Patriots.

The one-time Pro Bowler, who also made snide remarks about the Pats ahead of the big game, had the gall to call out team’s leadership yet again for the organization’s culture.

“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?” Johnson said on Steven Austin’s podcast this week, according to ESPN. “No, it’s not. And that’s what I got mad at, the arrogance by them.”

The Patriots Way, we need not remind you, has resulted in 15 playoff appearances, eight conference titles, and five Super Bowl rings in 17 years. But by all means, continue to criticize it. Of course, there are other ways to run a sports franchise, but if on-field performance is any indicator, Johnson is barking up the wrong tree by calling the Pats’ method flawed.

While on the podcast, the offensive tackle also accused Patriots owner Robert Kraft and coach Bill Belichick of talking trash to the Eagles’ owner and head coach ahead of the Super Bowl. Apparently, Belichick and Kraft landed some zingers if Johnson’s still thinking about them several months later.

This is not the first time Johnson has railed against one of the most successful franchises in NFL history. In January, he called Tom Brady a “pretty boy” and after the Super Bowl, he referred to the Pats as a “fear-based organization” filled with players who “act like f—ing robots,” according to NESN. He also said he’d “much rather have fun and win a Super Bowl than be miserable and win five Super Bowls,” because apparently the NFL is not a multi-billion-dollar industry but rather a structure to ensure players have a good time.

Honestly, though, that’s fine. Brady and co. probably wouldn’t mind adding a few more rings to their collections anyway.