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Eagles' Lane Johnson blasts the Patriots and their 'arrogance'

Sportsnaut logo Sportsnaut 5/15/2018 Vincent Frank
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Philadelphia Eagles tackle Lane Johnson has not been afraid to take shots at the New England Patriots since his squad upset Tom Brady and Co. in February’s Super Bowl.

He’s now ramping that up even more. And it’s all sorts of petty.

“Here’s what pissed me off,” Johnson said. “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,” Johnson said during a recent appearance on Steve Austin’s podcast.

That’s likely going to be met with rave reviews in New England. Johnson himself dressed as Underdog throughout the playoffs. Now he might be barking up the wrong tree.

But Johnson was in no way done.

“There was obviously some stuff behind closed doors,” Johnson continued. “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.”

Tell us how you really feel, Lane.

In reality, the Patriot way is a little overblown. Sure they’re a dynasty. No one is going to counter that argument with logical reasoning. But there are other successful ways to do business. The Pittsburgh Steelers and Green Bay Packers in today’s NFL come to mind.

Back in the 1990s, it was the Dallas Cowboys. Prior to that, the San Francisco 49ers and their ownership philosophy dominated the NFL in the 1980s.

But as the dominating force in today’s NFL, the Patriot way apparently takes precedence over everything else. It’s for this reason that other teams do attempt to mold themselves in the shape of the Pats. Johnson can’t realistically deny that.

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