Former Patriots LB Tedy Bruschi Rips Eagles’ Lane Johnson For His Insulting Comments About Patriots Organization
Eagles offensive lineman Lane Johnson twisted the knife into Patriot Nation Friday when he took a shot at the organization he helped beat in Super Bowl LII. Appearing on the Pardon My Take podcast, the Pro Bowl tackle claimed that Patriots players’ individual personalities are buried by fear of Bill Belichick.
The 27-year-old told Pardon My Take:
“I just think that the Patriot Way is a fear-based organization,” Johnson said. “Obviously, do they win? Hell yes, they win. They’ve won for a long time. Do I think people enjoy [it] and can say, ‘I had a lot of fun playing there?’ No, I don’t. That’s just the God’s honest truth.
They’re successful, but when they go to interviews, they act like [expletive] robots. Hey, stop being a [expletive]. We can be cordial for a little bit. 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. But hey, it is what it is.”
Patriots Hall of Famer Tedy Bruschi played for the team from 1996 through 2008 and won three Super Bowls. He objected to Lane’s comments on Monday’s First Take on ESPN.
“Lane Johnson, I don’t know what he’s talking about,” he said. “I had a lot of fun. There were so many times that we would speak out in meetings. The entire team meeting would erupt in laughter. We were playing music on the team plane. We had so much fun in the ones that I was there. I cannot understand what he’s saying there.”
“This is the first time you’ve won one, and this is a sign when people just don’t know how to regularly win football games. You talk about the other team and talk about who you beat, bringing up other things,” continued Bruschi. “Let me teach you how to celebrate a world championship. Because when you win back-to-back championships, from a guy who failed trying to do it and that succeeded trying to do it, you need more than planned celebrations, dog masks and trick plays. He will learn that when they try to repeat. He’s bringing up the New England Patriots in a time you shouldn’t be.”
When host Max Kellerman said that some players would rather play with players coaches like Doug Pederson over Bill Belichick, Bruschi had this to say:
“If you want a relationship and a double-date with your coach, go play with those guys,” he said. “Go ahead. If you want to learn how to win games and consistently win games throughout your career, you play for Bill Belichick.”
*Puts Patriots hat on*
“I’d much rather have fun and win a Super Bowl than be miserable and win five Super Bowls.” This is some weak ass shit. Hey Lane, most of us literally want to swan dive off a balcony every time we enter the office in the morning and you sign a $52 million contract so you can have some good laughs? Your job is to protect the quarterback and win Super Bowls. That is it. Dance, monkey.
*Takes Patriots hat off*
Ok, this was funny…
[h/t CBS Boston]