Lane Johnson triples down on his strong opinions on the Patriots


The bad blood between Eagles players and the Patriots organisation doesn't seem like it's going away any time soon. 

Following their famous Super Bowl LII win over Belichick, Brady and co, Philly's outspoken tackle Lane Johnson came out and took some pretty feisty shots at the 'Patriot way', labelling their franchise as 'fear based'. 

Johnson suggested that he'd rather win one championship having fun, like the Eagles clearly did, than win multiple Super Bowl's under the bordering on oppressive nature of Bill Belichick's regime. 

Johnson doubled down on his views a little over a month after the game, saying that the Patriot way isn't the only way to win titles. 

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

"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."

And now, he's gone even further, appearing on 'Stone Cold' Steve Austin's Podcast to 'triple down' on his blatant dislike of the Patriots organisation and the way they operate. 

Johnson clearly isn't afraid to speak freely on this topic, and he revealed some pretty interesting inside information about the build up to the Super Bowl that might shed some light on why the Eagles were so pumped up to beat New England in particular. 

The All Pro tackle lambasted the Pats for their 'arrogance' and claimed that both Belichick and owner Robert Kraft were talking a whole lot of trash to Eagles prior to the Super Bowl. 

"Here’s what pissed me off,” Johnson began when asked about the difference between the Eagles and the Patriots.

“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.”

Johnson even had time to take a shot at New England over the strange Malcolm Butler situation, slamming the culture in the organisation for the way their players are overly obedient and reserved in their media duties. 

“Like I said, they’re robots.” he noted. 

The rivalry won't get a chance to take a step up in the regular season, though the teams do meet in the second week of the preseason, but another Super Bowl meeting is certainly on the cards given the way both teams have reloaded for 2018. 

Johnson's hatred for the Patriots probably won't ever subside, and it'll be entertaining as ever to see if he continues to talk trash about them as the season nears. 

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