Duron Harmon saw what Lane Johnson said last year after beating the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl, and he finally has a response.
Johnson said that playing for the Patriots was not fun and said New England runs a fear-based organization. His comments came after his Philadelphia Eagles won it all, and they made him a target for Patriots fans. And now he’s a target for Harmon.
The Patriots defensive back responded to Johnson with a video posted to Instagram, citing some of the team’s accomplishments, such as playing in four Super Bowls in six years and how fun that is.
Those are pretty impressive numbers. Since being drafted by the Pats in 2013, Harmon has never been worse than 11-5 in a regular season, never done worse than reach the conference championship game, and he’s made four Super Bowls, going 3-1 in those. That type of winning would please anyone.
The Philadelphia Eagles suffered some significant losses early in their game against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday, as two starting offensive linemen were forced to leave with injuries.
Former first-round pick Lane Johnson was carted off in the first quarter with a knee injury. Then in the second quarter, nine-time Pro Bowler Jason Peters also left the game after he suffered a head injury. The Eagles announced that both players were questionable to return.
The Jaguars sacked Carson Wentz twice and hit him six times in the first half. They also forced a Wentz fumble and had an interception, so the loss of Johnson and Peters appeared to be a factor.
Lane Johnson’s status for Thursday night’s game against the New York Giants was said to be in question, but Johnson seems to be indicating he will play.
The Philadelphia Eagles right tackle gave NBC Philadelphia reporter John Clark a thumbs up after testing his ankle in pregame warmups:
— John Clark (@JClarkNBCS) October 11, 2018
Johnson was added to the injury report on Thursday because of an ankle injury. Halapoulivaati Vaitai is Philly’s other option at right tackle if Johnson can’t play.
- Lane Johnson
One of Lane Johnson’s favorite things to do in football is win games. Second to that might be taking shots at the New England Patriots.
The Philadelphia Eagles lineman was at it again recently, slighting the Pats during an interview on “The Steve Austin Show.” He talked about why the Patriots bother him.
“Here’s what pissed me off,” Johnson said, as transcribed by ESPN. “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.
“There was obviously some stuff behind closed doors. 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 (of) built up to that, and I just got tired of hearing about it, man, to be honest.”
The Eagles went out and won the Super Bowl last season, beating the Patriots and proving there’s more than one path to success. For Johnson, that’s a big deal because he feels the Patriots are turned into robots by their coaches rather than people. He called them a fear-based organization in February and repeated that claim. He also has trash-talked Tom Brady.
Maybe all this trash talk from Johnson will result in him experiencing something the Patriots do best: get revenge.
The ever-outspoken Lane Johnson is definitely not backing down from his criticism of the New England Patriots, even now that it’s been nearly two weeks since the Super Bowl.
The Eagles’ offensive tackle has been talking about the Patriots for weeks now, famously calling them a “fear-based organization” and hinted that playing for New England was “miserable.” Johnson isn’t backing down from that, even after several former Patriots contested his remarks.
“They kept interviewing ex-Patriots players,” Johnson said, via Zack Cox of NESN. “What do you think they’re going to say? ‘I (expletive) hated it there’? No. ‘I won Super Bowls. We had a great time.’ They’re not going to bad-mouth their coach. They’re not going to say what they really want to say. Do you think that’s going to happen? Hell no, it’s not going to happen.”
It’s safe to say Johnson was unbothered by criticism from Patriots fans in light of his comments.
“I just pissed in everybody’s Cheerios,” Johnson said. “And everybody in Boston — hey, I’ve got hate mail I still haven’t read. I’m looking forward to reading it.”
Johnson even went after Tom Brady in the leadup to the Super Bowl, and he hasn’t stopped afterwards. The Eagles’ victory will make him think he was proven right.
- Lane Johnson
Lane Johnson made sure that one of his teammates was not forgotten amid the hoopla of the Super Bowl.
When Johnson ran onto the field with his teammates for Super Bowl LII, he was holding up a No. 71 Philadelphia Eagles jersey as a tribute to teammate Jason Peters.
Eagles offensive tackle Jason Peters had never been part of a playoff win in his first 13 seasons. He was injured earlier this year, but his team is taking him with them. https://t.co/50k7P9Dbjp #SB52 pic.twitter.com/vFIQy6ngub
— Yahoo Sports (@YahooSports) February 4, 2018
Peters, who was the team’s starting left tackle, suffered a serious knee injury in October that knocked him out for the season.
Peters, a 9-time Pro Bowler, is still under contract for the next two seasons. He joined the team in Minneapolis and partook in some of the Super Bowl week media activities.
Super Bowl LII will see many talented players take the field from both the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles. The Patriots, as we know, boast a lot of talent led by one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history, while the Eagles have a lot of talent themselves, including a rather fearsome defense.
Who are the best players going to be during this game? Let’s take a look at 15 of them from both teams.
1) Tom Brady, QB, Patriots
He’s the best. The legend only grew in the AFC championship when Brady led New England to yet another comeback win in the playoffs with a stitched-up throwing hand. The 40-year-old threw another 32 touchdowns in 2017 to just eight interceptions, good for 4,577 yards and, quite possibly, another MVP award. That remains to be seen, but he’ll certainly prefer another Super Bowl. Whatever happens, he’ll be the best and most important player on the field when Super Bowl LII kicks off; everything the Patriots do revolves around him.
2) Rob Gronkowski, TE, Patriots
The Patriots sound optimistic that Gronkowski will be good to go for the Super Bowl, which is great news for the Patriots. He was his usual self this season, staying healthy after a difficult 2016 and leading the team in receptions (69), yards (1,084), and touchdowns (8). He’s a matchup nightmare for opponents and probably the game’s best tight end. As long as he plays, he’ll probably play a big role in any success the Patriots have against the Philadelphia defense.
3) Fletcher Cox, DT, Eagles