Apparently, Jason Kelce isn’t the only Eagles offensive lineman unafraid to speak his mind in a public forum after the team’s recent Super Bowl triumph. During an appearance last Friday on Barstool Sports’ Pardon My Take, Lane Johnson criticized the Patriots as a “fear-based” organization.
They’re successful, but when they go to interviews, they act like fucking robots. Hey, stop being a dickhead. 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.
Johnson probably isn’t wrong, and it’s worth noting that two of his current teammates, Chris Long and LeGarrette Blount, are former Patriots. It’s fair to wonder if he asked their thoughts prior to forming his own, but one thing is for certain–not all former Patriots were thrilled with Johnson’s comments. Three-time Super Bowl champion Tedy Bruschi appeared on The Will Cain Show earlier today and had a message for the left tackle and his teammates:
Tedy Bruschi says @Lanejohnson65 has a lot to learn if he and the Eagles want to defend their title 👀
"It takes a lot more than end zone celebrations, dog masks and trick plays to go back-to-back." pic.twitter.com/9xFbgTDLdK
— The Will Cain Show (@WillCainShow) February 12, 2018
I’m not sure winning the Super Bowl was quite as simple as throwing on some dog masks and running the Philly Special, but then again, I’m sure the Patriots initial title runs weren’t as simple as video taping opponents’ practices, you know? Johnson was direct with his response:
Once a company man always a company man Tedy
— Lane Johnson (@Lanejohnson65) February 12, 2018
Initially, I wondered what Johnson had to gain by taking jabs at the Patriots, but after thinking it over, there may be a method to his madness. The Eagles thrived this past season by using the underdog narrative to their advantage, and it’s going to be a struggle to replicate it as a motivator moving forward. Kelce’s rant on the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art was an emphatic exclamation point on the 2017 season, but it could be interpreted as a warning and tone-setter moving forward. No one likes us, we don’t care. Johnson, in a way, is reinforcing that message. By stirring the pot with the Patriots, he is undoubtedly giving them some bulletin board material, but he’s also creating fuel to propel his own teammates forward going into next season. “We can’t do it again? Watch this.”