The Super Bowl may be over but there is still bad blood boiling between the Eagles and Patriots.
On Friday, Eagles right tackle Lane Johnson blasted the “Patriot Way” during an interview on Barstool Sports’ “Pardon My Take” podcast, claiming there is no joy that comes with playing in New England.
“I just think that the ‘Patriot Way’ is a fear-based organization,” said Johnson. “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.”
Former Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi, who spent his entire 13-year career with the Patriots and won three Super Bowls with Bill Belichick, fired back at Johnson while on ESPN’s “First Take” Monday afternoon.
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“Lane Johnson, I don’t know what he’s talking about. I had a lot of fun,” Bruschi said. “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.”
Johnson was one of the many Eagles who flaunted his personality during their Super Bowl run and started wearing the dog masks after games with teammate Chris Long to embrace the underdog role.
He likened the Patriots’ personalities to robots, though.
“When they go to interviews, they act like f–king robots. Hey, stop being a d–khead,” Johnson said. “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 would much rather have fun and win a Super Bowl than be miserable and win five Super Bowls. But hey, it is what it is.”
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Bruschi was also asked by host Max Kellerman if players would rather play for coaches who were “player coaches” like Doug Pederson, but he scoffed at that notion.
“If you want a relationship and you want to double date with your coach? Go play with those guys. Go ahead,” Bruschi said. “If you want to learn how to win games and consistently win games throughout your career, you play for Bill Belichick.”
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