New England Patriots

By Matt Dolloff,

Eagles right tackle Lane Johnson has been one of the Patriots’ most vocal critics in 2018. And now, nearly four months after Philly beat New England in Super Bowl LII, Johnson is still taking shots.

This time, he aimed straight for the top of the Patriots organization. As reported by ESPN’s Tim McManus, Johnson made a bold claim about head coach Bill Belichick and owner Robert Kraft amid another rant about the perceived “arrogance” of the Pats during an appearance on a podcast hosted by ex-wrestler “Stone Cold” Steve Austin.

“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 [five] 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 [expletive] to our owner. Bill talking [expletive] to our head coach [Doug Pederson] before the game. I’m not going to say it, but a lot of [expletive] built up to that, and I just got tired of hearing about it, man, to be honest.”

If Johnson heard Belichick talking smack to Pederson before the Super Bowl, he certainly wasn’t referring to this jovial exchange.

(L-R) Doug Pederson, Bill Belichick at Super Bowl LII practices for the Eagles and Patriots. (Photos by Hannah Foslien/Elsa/Getty Images)

(L-R) Doug Pederson, Bill Belichick at Super Bowl LII practices for the Eagles and Patriots. (Photos by Hannah Foslien/Elsa/Getty Images)

Johnson might have some explaining to do over these latest claims. But that would only mean that he’d continue to take shots at the organization, which is starting to get old at this point. He’s teetering dangerously close to classless territory, if he hasn’t gone there already.

How about this, Lane. Win another Super Bowl. Hell, get to another Super Bowl. Then maybe you can talk the kind of crap you’ve been spewing. Baseless claims like these will only make you look worse, especially if the Eagles don’t get back to the dance with you in the fold.

Oh, and don’t bother trying to back up those claims because everyone knows they’re B.S. Saying Belichick and Kraft “talked [expletive]” to their opponents is about as asinine an assertion as you’ll ever hear against this team.

But at this point, it’s no surprise that Lane Johnson was the one who made it.

Matt Dolloff is a digital producer for Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Have a news tip, question, or comment for Matt? Follow him on Twitter @mattdolloff or email him at