It may have taken a couple of days, but a Patriots player has officially issued a public response to Eagles offensive tackle Lane Johnson, who called New England a "fear based organization." That player was none other than third-year linebacker Marquis Flowers, who started just two games this past season and whose most notable Super Bowl LII play was getting beat in coverage on that fantastic back of the end zone catch by Corey Clement in the third quarter:
Flowers' response came after a Twitter user asked him to let Johnson know just how much fun he's having. Flowers played the rings card, stating that winning five rings is more fun than winning one. Worth noting is that Flowers has no rings (he joined the team via a trade prior to this past season) but Johnson's comments were about the "Patriots way" so it does make sense when you realize he's talking about coach Bill Belichick's formula:
If you haven't been keeping up with all the post-Super Bowl drama, here's a brief refresher. Johnson made his comments this past Friday on Barstool's Pardon My Take podcast.
"I just think that 'The Patriot Way' is a fear-based organization," he said at the time. "Obviously, do they win? Hell yes, they win. They've won for a long time. Do I think people enjoy and can say, 'I had a lot of fun playing there'? No, I don't. That's just the God's honest truth."
Johnson didn't stop there. "They're successful, but when they go to interviews, they act like [expletive] robots. Hey, stop being a [expletive] head. We can be cordial for a little bit. You only get to do this job one time, so let's have fun while we're doing it," he said. "Not to be reckless, but I'd much rather have fun and win a Super Bowl than be miserable and win five Super Bowls. But hey, it is what it is."
For Johnson's sake, let's hope he doesn't get traded to the Patriots anytime soon.