New England Patriots

By Matt Dolloff,

Incredibly, the Philadelphia Eagles have only continued to deride Bill Belichick and the Patriots over the lack of “fun” that goes on in Foxboro. It’s unclear how much of that Belichick has personally heard about, but either way he’s not terribly concerned about it.

As usual, he’s concerned about doing what it takes for the team to play its best football and win games.

“Yeah, we’re focused on what we’re doing, trying to get better and taking each day we can to try to improve our football team,” Belichick said when asked the latest barbs from Eagles tackle Lane Johnson and guard Brandon Brooks. “Not really focused on what everybody else is doing.”

Brooks became the latest to rip the Patriots over their culture, declaring “[Expletive] is not fun there.” So Belichick was asked, is it important to make players feel like they’re having fun?

“We feel what’s important to us is to win, so that’s really what we’re trying to do.”

Oct 29, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles offensive guard Brandon Brooks (79) against the San Francisco 49ers at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

That’s what guys like Johnson and Brooks still don’t seem to get. Winning one Super Bowl can be quite fun. Simply going to work, enjoying yourself, and going home is also fun if you’re living the dream like any other NFL player. But it’s no way to win five Super Bowls in 18 seasons and consistently contend for the big dance year after year. That $#!& is hard. And probably not always fun.

If Brooks just wants to have fun, that’s his prerogative. But he and the Eagles have about 17 years and four rings to go to prove that it’s another way to win at the level that Belichick and the Patriots have under him and Tom Brady.

Then again, he and Johnson don’t seem to care about that part. As Johnson interjected in the same interview: “OK. You can have your rings. You can also have [expletive] 15 miserable years.”

Alrighty then. The Pats can continue winning, then. And they’ll continue bringing in players who feel that winning is important to them. It’s obviously not that important to Brooks or Johnson. And despite that one bad-for-winning decision that shall not be named, it’s still important to Belichick more than anything else.

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