Eagles’ Johnson takes more shots at Patriots’ ‘arrogance’

Posted: 16/05/2018 in NFL, Sports
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Philadelphia Eagles offensive tackle Lane Johnson is still no fan of the New England Patriots.

Johnson – who helped the Eagles defeat the Patriots in Super Bowl LII in February – criticized the AFC juggernaut before and after that game, calling Tom Brady a “pretty boy” and New England a “fear-based organization,” among other comments.

After taking a few months to reflect this offseason, Johnson doubled down on his critiques.

“Here’s what pissed me off,” Johnson said during an appearance on “The Steve Austin Show.” “The Patriots, obviously, I respect their coach, I respect Bill (Belichick), I respect Tom Brady, but 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? No, it’s not. And that’s what I got mad at, the arrogance by them.

“There was obviously some stuff behind closed doors. Their owner talking s— to our owner. Bill talking s— to our head coach (Doug Pederson) before the game. I’m not going to say it, but a lot of s— kind built up to that, and I just got tired of hearing about it, man, to be honest.”

Johnson also dismissed the Patriots’ defense, which struggled in the Super Bowl and drew scrutiny after Belichick unexpectedly benched starting cornerback Malcolm Butler throughout the game.

“I saw a defense that wasn’t overly talented. It was all really about containing Tom Brady,” the All-Pro tackle said. “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.”

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