In February, the Eagles beat the Patriots 41-33, clinching their first ever Vince Lombardi Trophy and preventing the Patriots from making it three Super Bowl wins in four years.
This time, he claimed that before Philly's Super Bowl win, Patriots owner, Robert Kraft, was talking trash to their owner, Jeffrey Lurie, and he said that Patriots head coach Bill Belichick was also talking trash to Eagles head coach Doug Pederson.
"Here's what pissed me off", the Eagles right tackle said on Tuesday during an appearance on the Steve Austin Show. In the process, he revealed a few behind-the-scenes details that went unnoticed to this point.
Johnson also talked about how he believes many teams that go up against the Patriots lose before they even step on the field. "I'm not going to say it, but a lot of [expletive] built up to that, and I just got exhausted of hearing about it, man, to be honest".
"There was obviously some stuff behind closed doors", he explained. Their owner talking (expletive) to our owner. "Bill talking [crap] to our head coach before the game", Johnson continued.
"I got in a lot of trouble running my mouth, but my thinking was, they give too much respect to these guys, everybody's half-ass scared of them before they get on the field", Johnson said. "I'm not going to say it, but a lot of s- kind (of) built up to that, and I just got exhausted of hearing about it, man, to be honest".
On the podcast, Johnson moved to dismissing the Patriots' defense as not being "overly talented", with "containing Tom Brady" as the key to victory. Before the Super Bowl, he called Tom Brady a "pretty boy."
During a podcast shortly after the Super Bowl on Barstool's "Pardon My Take", Johnson said the Patriot Way is a fear-based organization. "But hey, it is what it is". How on Earth do you play in the National Football League and not understand that trash talking is apart of the game? If Super Bowl MVP awards could be given to coaches, it would've belonged to Pederson.
Johnson's comments are a bit surprising, considering the perceived respect shown between Belichick and Pederson on camera. He doubled down on that assessment when asked about the mystery surrounding Belichick's decision not to play cornerback Malcolm Butler in the Super Bowl. To put it simply, Pederson out-coached Belichick, and it wasn't particularly close.
Bring on the 2018 regular season. So, for the rivalry to continue, both teams will need to journey back to the Super Bowl, which actually doesn't seem to be that improbable.
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