New England Patriots

By Ty Anderson,

Somebody may want to remind the Philadelphia Eagles that they actually won Super Bowl LII.

Less than a month after Eagles offensive lineman Lane Johnson ripped the Patriots, claiming Bill Belichick and Robert Kraft talked negatively about the Eagles organization to their faces (which sounds as factually incorrect as possible, but that’s another story for another day), another Eagle is using his time in front of a microphone to let everybody know how miserable it is to be involved with the Patriots.

Speaking with reporters after OTAs this week, Eagles offensive lineman Brandon Brooks, who played for Bill O’Brien (part of the Belichick coaching tree from his run with the Patriots from 2007 to 2011) during his time with the Texans, gave his account of life under someone else close to enforcing the Belichick Rule.

“It’s crazy that people haven’t known this,” Brooks said of the misery that comes with playing for Belichick or a Belichick protege. “It’s been this way for like a decade. You’ve seen— Reggie Wayne did it. He retired. He went [to the Patriots] for a training camp and retired. [Expletive] is not fun there. I was under the same regime in Houston [with Bill O’Brien]. I almost retired. [Expletive] was miserable, every day. Every day.”

(Wayne, for what it’s worth, came to New England on his last legs as a player and said that the environment was too tough and not as fun as when he played for the Colts. The Colts, of course, are a model franchise if there ever was one, totally haven’t ruined a once-in-a-lifetime quarterback talent quicker than anybody could have possibly imagined, and have what seems to be a very stable owner in charge of their operation.)

But Brooks went on.

“I came in under [Gary] Kubiak, who was just an older version of Doug [Pederson], then I went to O’Brien, who was Belichick, and then I came back to Doug, who’s like [Kubiak], so for me, man, [expletive] was great,” Brooks said. “I cannot tell you how much better this is than it was down there. It’s just night and day. What does [Eagles o-line coach Jeff Stoutland] say? Happy workers make more productive workers.

“When you’re not having fun, man, those grinding, those hard-ass nosed days …”

It was at this point that Brooks was apparently cut off by (who else but) Lane Johnson.

“All the media wants to talk about is rings,” Johnson began. “Rings. I’m going to get this ring and never wear it one day. I’m going to put it away in a box. The only thing you’re going to remember from your playing days, you’re not going to remember the scores. You’re going to remember the people you played with and how you felt. And that’s the truth. All these guys talking about ‘I’ll take the rings.’

“OK. You can have your rings. You can also have [expletive] 15 miserable years.”

Gotta admit: 15 ‘miserable’ years of rings sounds a lot better than four bitter months with one ring.

Ty Anderson 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 Ty? Follow him on Twitter @_TyAnderson.