Tedy Bruschi: Lane Johnson is wrong, Patriots have a lot of fun

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Eagles offensive lineman Lane Johnson ruffled some feathers in New England when he said his team has more fun than the Patriots, who live in fear of Bill Belichick. Now a former Patriot is hitting back.

Tedy Bruschi, who played for the Patriots for 13 seasons, says he thoroughly enjoyed his time playing for Belichick.

“Lane Johnson, I don’t know what he’s talking about. I had a lot of fun,” Bruschi said on ESPN. “We had so much fun when I was there. I can’t understand what he’s saying.”

Bruschi scoffed at the idea that Doug Pederson is more of a players’ coach than Belichick. Bruschi said what players want is to win, and no coach is better than Belichick at that.

“If you want a relationship and you want to double date with your coach? Go play with those guys. Go ahead,” Bruschi said. “If you want to learn how to win games and consistently win games throughout your career you play for Bill Belichick.”

135 responses to “Tedy Bruschi: Lane Johnson is wrong, Patriots have a lot of fun

  1. Teddy isn’t wrong… and that hurts my feelings because I need Bill and Tom get flashed by the Men In Black and forget what they know. Also… GO BILLS. #DontEatYellowSnow #7/11WasAPartTimeJob

  2. Bruschi should have left ESPN long ago. He’s one of the worst analysts I’ve ever seen, he’s like Rob Parker where they bring him on to spew nonsense for Patriots fans whereas Parker does it to get Patriots fans upset.

  3. Ha ha….Eagles are happy to win 1 Super Bowl in 70 years. Next year they will be average (see Atlanta Falcons) and then they will go back to their usual losing ways. Have FUN!!

  4. Johnson needs to mind his own business and worry about his own team. They won the Super Bowl and that’s great …good for them …but you don’t crap where you eat……

  5. Tedy Bruschi’s in the wrong profession. He should be a history teacher!

    It’s been a long, LONG time since he played, so he’s talking about the past AND painting it with his own time-faded colors while Lane Johnson is talking about the present.

    I’ll go with Lane Johnson on this one, and suggest that Teddy find another career; he was a very good linebacker, but he is not a very good analyst.

  6. “If you want a relationship and you want to double date with your coach? Go play with those guys. Go ahead,” Bruschi said. “If you want to learn how to win games and consistently win games throughout your career you play for Bill Belichick.”

    Kinda confirms what Lane said, doesn’t it?

  7. ggreen657 says:
    Ha ha….Eagles are happy to win 1 Super Bowl in 70 years. Next year they will be average (see Atlanta Falcons) and then they will go back to their usual losing ways. Have FUN!

    This year was Super Bowl 52, not 70. Maybe the Roman numerals threw you.
    And the Eagles players/fans are having much more fun than the Pats after last weeks big win.

  8. Seems like there would be plenty of topics for Lane Johnson to choose to talk about. The idea that he chooses one that it is impossible to be informed or relevant to opine about is pretty telling.

    So he has talked to Blount and Long, but probably not Rowe or Chung. These four players have played for both teams. Out of Blount and Long, it is more likely that Blount would have something contrary to say. So why wouldn’t he just say the Blount thinks the Patriots are dear based and leave it at that. Until Johnson plays for both teams, he sounds ridiculous making uninformed statements.

  9. .
    The Eagles fans are following the Seahawks, “Dynasty Before Your Eyes” playbook. They win one Super Bowl and think that they will reel off another 5-6 in a row. It rarely works that way.
    .

  10. Whatever the Eagles environment was like this year, it worked.

    As a paying customer I expect that the players that make as much as Fortune 500 CEOs would be expected to win. You don’t pay someone 11 million dollars a year (like Lane Johnson) to have fun. However, if some amount of fun gets more performance out of the players, then it’s a good thing.

  11. Shocking, just shocking. A franchise star comes out to defend his old franchise. In other news, water is wet. Who you really should ask about this is, LeGarrette Blount, Malcom Butler, or Chris Long, you know, people who have seen the other side, or we’re victims of the “Patriot Way”. If you’re looking for more hot-takes, I plan on interviewing the plants outside of my office and asking them what they think of the sun.

  12. Looks like the eagles players are starting to take over the persona of their fans, idiotic. I think Bruschi would know better than an opposing teams OL.

  13. Patriots recycle players like no other franchise and are loyal to very few. You can say you would rather win games consistently by playing for Belichick, but Bruschi, you are one of the few he didn’t trash after a season or two. Tis’ the beginning of the end!

  14. I hate this one size fits all world of social media. Everything is black and white. What must be fun for you must be fun for me. What I like you have to like too.

    I miss the old days when people were actually free to do,feel, think as they pleased.

  15. I have no problem with Lane’s comments…. BB treats football as a business. Reggie Wayne used to have “fun” with the Colts…..then he tried to play for NE and it was too intense and hard for him so he retired. It’s certainly not for everyone. Will Pederson and the Eagles have the Pats success? Time will tell….

  16. 6ball says:
    February 12, 2018 at 2:11 pm
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    The Eagles fans are following the Seahawks, “Dynasty Before Your Eyes” playbook. They win one Super Bowl and think that they will reel off another 5-6 in a row. It rarely works that way.

    ————-

    Only time can tell. 2011 Packers sure looked great through 13 games. They were talking the 3-peat. They were undefeated. Then they lost to KC, they had a weakness exposed, then they completely blew their first game against the Giants. Then along came the 49ers and here we are still and Rodgers has only been to one Super Bowl.

    Every year is a new year.

  17. Eagles’ moment in the sun and LJ is definitely enjoying it. No one has ever accused him of being a wallflower – serial PED user, yes, but never a stink-in-the-mud. However, countless others have echoed his thoughts on Brady, Belichick and the Patriot Way as being no-fun and dour. If it didn’t hit so close to home, the Pat’s fans and players wouldn’t get so worked up about it.

  18. Hey Teddy, did Malcom Bulter have fun at the SB?

    Maybe Lane was talking about MB, no idea why you forgot about it from a week ago. I think Bsquared would just tell you to do your job..

  19. isithockeyseasonyet says:
    February 12, 2018 at 2:29 pm
    Who had more fun Sunday and thus until next season? Yup, Lane Johnson and the world champion eagles. It’s a ‘what have you done for me lately?’ league isn’t it?

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    Who has had more fun over the past 17 years?

  20. How could the blabber mouth know playing with the Patriots is not fun when he’s never there. We see them happy enough winning. The Patriots continues to be a contender because of discipline. To some adhering to discipline is not fun.

  21. There was an ex Patriot on NFL network and he was saying “it wears on you” and it wore on him and others . It didn’t sound like he was having “fun”. He was black ,doubt that had anything to do with, but who knows ?

  22. nhpats says:

    February 12, 2018 at 2:26 pm

    I have no problem with Lane’s comments…. BB treats football as a business. Reggie Wayne used to have “fun” with the Colts…..then he tried to play for NE and it was too intense and hard for him so he retired. It’s certainly not for everyone. Will Pederson and the Eagles have the Pats success? Time will tell….

    ______________________________

    This says more about Reggie Wayne than it does about the Patriots.

  23. nhpats says:

    February 12, 2018 at 2:26 pm

    I have no problem with Lane’s comments…. BB treats football as a business. Reggie Wayne used to have “fun” with the Colts…..then he tried to play for NE and it was too intense and hard for him so he retired. It’s certainly not for everyone. Will Pederson and the Eagles have the Pats success? Time will tell….

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    That’s nonsense. Reggie was finished, he thought he could play 1 more year but he had nothing left. He would’ve been a HOFer no matter where he played during his prime years, New England included

  24. “Rex Ryan was a “player’s coach”. Just sayin’.”

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    Rex won a SB? Did I miss that?

  25. Eagles…1-year wonders and talking smack like they’ve been relevant for over half a century…LOL. And their fans are never realistic when it comes to talking football. Enjoy your short time in the sun for the next month…then it’s back to the bottom where you belong for the next half a century.

  26. tootitan says:
    February 12, 2018 at 2:05 pm
    Tedy Bruschi’s in the wrong profession. He should be a history teacher!

    It’s been a long, LONG time since he played, so he’s talking about the past AND painting it with his own time-faded colors while Lane Johnson is talking about the present.

    I’ll go with Lane Johnson on this one, and suggest that Teddy find another career; he was a very good linebacker, but he is not a very good analyst.

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    Well he did say that he was talking about back when he played. But also he said that the thing that made it fun back then was winning. And the Patriots still do that (when the best haters can laugh at is a loss in the Superbowl thats a seriously winning team) more than anyone so I think players are still enjoying themselves. I think what we have here is that LJ was confusing discipline for lack of fun, or he actually called it fear. But really discipline is just discipline and generally only really see it out of people that are happy and content with what they are focusing it on.

  27. Tedy hasn’t played for The Patriots in ten years; I doubt he has a real handle on the culture there.

  28. Lane Johnson sounds like he would fit right in with the Steelers (they’re still planning on playing the Pats in the AFC Championship game).

    Years of success at Gillette. They call it a “DYNASTY” The Eagles win once and they (and their fans) sound like chumps.

  29. “you wanna double date with your coach?” Hey man I was so happy the Eagles won the Superbowl as much as a lot of people but that’s a good comeback, and he has a point.

  30. jgat12 says:
    February 12, 2018 at 2:00 pm
    One place I never have fun is seeing Bruschi on my tv. He’s absolute brutality
    ________

    …..Then don’t watch..? 🙂

  31. Lil Teddy is the 4 letter network’s resident Pats apologist. He probably still follows Bellicheck’s curfew.

  32. Let’s just have Cyndi Lauper re-record her hit song as “Pats Just Want To Have Fun” and be done with this.

  33. this has the same smell as the willie mcginest explanation of mcdaniels behavior that completely ignored the the part about the coaches mcdaniels had the colts hire and then abandoned. good even handed stuff.

    and to the computer jockeys mocking the eagles for their first championship since 1960, its not like any of you had anything with any of the pats victories, so i’m pretty sure lane johnson needs none of your advice…. and other than the belichick/parcells tenure, its actually the patriots that were the bottom feeding franchise….

  34. wiitrainingcamp says:
    February 12, 2018 at 3:09 pm
    Ross Tucker, who played for the Pats for a season, said on his podcast he agrees with Lane Johnson about the Pats being a fear based organization.

    5 2 Rate This

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    tucker was a late season add in 2005 and didn’t even play in the one game he was active
    for

    lmao

    this is your source??

  35. ggreen657 says:

    Ha ha….Eagles are happy to win 1 Super Bowl in 70 years. Next year they will be average (see Atlanta Falcons) and then they will go back to their usual losing ways. Have FUN!!
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    Ya knew this was coming – “eagles have only won Super Bowl.” Just didn’t think it would come from a Falcons fan (no SuperBowl wins), who doesn’t understand what the 52 in Super bowl 52 means.

  36. wiitrainingcamp says:
    February 12, 2018 at 3:09 pm
    Ross Tucker, who played for the Pats for a season, said on his podcast he agrees with Lane Johnson about the Pats being a fear based organization.

    3 1 Rate This
    *****************************************************************************************************************

    And Ross Tucker is….? Hmmm…thankfully quick google search lets us know he played in one game on the Patriots in 2005…

  37. Ross Tucker? I’ve been watching the Pats since the late 60’s and I’d have to look this guy up – do not remember any Ross Tucker. Great source there champ!

  38. FoozieGrooler says:
    February 12, 2018 at 2:53 pm
    rxv5854 says:
    “..Wait a second. Tedy Bruschi is defending the patriots? What a shocker…

    That’s because he’s still afraid of Belichick. #micdrop

    —————————
    The only thing Bruschi fears is male pattern baldness.

    Mic picked back up and politely returned to the sound technician.

  39. Truth hurts… that’s why Patriot Way nation is crying so loudly.
    But he admitted it, winning is inherently fun & they win, a lot but they don’t have fun outside of the winning.
    Putting production over positive vibes isn’t a bad thing, it probably puts them more on par with the rest of us working stiffs.
    It just seems like the Eagles believe that they can succeed having both.
    One way is proven, time will tell on the other.

  40. Hey, Lane… focus on YOUR team. Since you never played for the Pats, you don’t know what it’s like, and it’s none of your business. Enjoy your trophy and stop staring across the fence.

  41. tucker was a late season add in 2005 and didn’t even play in the one game he was active
    for

    lmao

    this is your source??

    —-
    Yes… Was that a trick question or something? Do you need to be a starter to understand the team culture? He said he can back up Johnson’s statement on his podcast this morning. Take it as you like….

  42. If Long had made that comment it might have had some validity, but not some guy who has no first hand knowledge. I guess winning with class is a difficult concept for some.

  43. Anyone who has played real tackle football, regardless of level, knows winning games is fun in and of itself. I can only imagine how much fun winning multiple SBs must be. I respect Lane Johnson as a player, but his take was way off.

  44. I hate the Eagles with a passion, but they’ve done nothing but provide excellent soundbites since winning the ‘ship. With that being said, few players actually want to be robots and maybe Bruschi is one that did.

  45. Tommy got so caught up in the fun that he forgot to shake hands after the game. I guess it was too much fun for him.

  46. I don’t think Malcolm Butler was having too much fun last Sunday. It didn’t seem that Brady was either after the game when he ran off the field without congratulating Nick Foles. And I caught the news conference after Belichek was personally fined and the team forfeited draft pick for many years of cheating by videotaping his opponents. Not a psychologist, but it did not appear Belichek was having fun that day.

  47. You know what’s fun: Winning.

    I don’t think Bill’s ever gonna give anybody a warm fuzzy feeling, and playing for him on a bad team would probably be awful. As the saying go “Winning cures a lot of ills”, and for the past 15 years (ish), the Patriots haven’t been sick too often.

  48. Cheating is fun; what’s not fun is losing the Super Bowl as evidenced by Tom Brady’s quick departure from the field without properly congratulating (yet again) the winning QB.

  49. Well when Wentz is in his 12th season and still hasn’t been to the SB, at least the fans will know that the Eagles once won a super bowl while having fun!

  50. He better hope they win more, or else this super bowl will be remembered outside of Philly as nothing more than “one of the ones Tom Brady lost”.

  51. Wow, win 1 Super Bowl and talk trash about a team that has won how many? Last season Eagles were last in nfc east so no one was gunning for them. Let’s see how much fun Eagles have playing each game with target on their backs. Every opponent will now be coming at them with extra incentive. Patriots have had to deal with that kind of pressure for years now. Have fun Mr. Johnson.

  52. Of course they have fun, it’s specifically marked on their schedules that fun time lasts from 2:50-3:00

  53. When fans of teams that haven’t been to the playoffs but once every 5 – 10 years criticize what the Pats do when they’ve been there 16 of 18 years, 12 times to AFCCG in that time, and 8 Super Bowls, it doesn’t lend much credence to what you’re complaining about.

    You want fun? Good, go have it. I’ll take what the Pats do any day of the year.

    What Lane doesn’t seem to realize is that as Super Bowl winners the Eagles now have a huge target painted on their backs. Even the crappy teams are going to pull out all the stops to beat the champs. They may not do so but the Eagles will get beat up in the process more than usual.
    Maybe the Eagles will get back to the playoffs next season, but its going to be a harder road and I suspect quite a bit less “fun” for them to get there.

  54. killitandeatit says:
    February 12, 2018 at 2:39 pm

    There was an ex Patriot on NFL network and he was saying “it wears on you” and it wore on him and others .
    —————-

    I can see how winning constantly might wear on a person.

  55. dcviking says:
    February 12, 2018 at 4:18 pm
    You know what’s fun: Winning

    ________________________________
    He meant cheating. I fixed it

  56. Keep living in the past Pats fans. Your coach and GOAT will be gone in a year or two. Then its business as usual with the Pats being irrelevant up there. They’ll be back to fourth in the pecking order behind the Sox Celts and Bruins.

  57. I don’t recall anything said by the last four SB winners about the losing team’s lack of this or that or why they lost. Brady was magnanimous in defeat and made no excuses. He always compliments the other team’s effort. Winners should be at least as gracious. Lane is not. Pederson may have been seething at hearing it. Johnson has screws loose.

    Don’t help the opposition paint, and then locate, the target on your back.

  58. Harsing2 says:
    February 12, 2018 at 6:31 pm

    Keep living in the past Pats fans.
    ———————

    Well, at least the Patriots fans are living in this millennium, unlike the fans of the Packers and Steelers.

    Of course, living in the past is always better than living in the future, where the fans of most of the other teams are forced to live, as in “Maybe next year.”

  59. In the NFL there is one winner and 31 losers. The winner has the stage. The 31 losers are just losers. It’s America. We tend to listen to the winner. Lane, can you please repeat that? America is listening. Who’s this Teddy guy?

  60. Bruschi was a great Patriot and owns 3 hard earned rings. He knows what he’s talking about.

    The Patriots will still be on this run of winning when Lane Johnson and the Eagles return to irrelevancy.

  61. vavikingfan says:
    February 12, 2018 at 8:34 pm
    Lane will get his mouth shut next year.

    I can’t seem to remember the score of that Championshio game, you know the one where the Sull whoops I mean SKOL people and their team was coming to give us that butt whooping ….

    Oh yes it just came back to me Eagles 38 Crykings 7. You really showed us!

  62. docsmith54 says:
    February 12, 2018 at 6:41 pm
    I don’t recall anything said by the last four SB winners about the losing team’s lack of this or that or why they lost. Brady was magnanimous in defeat and made no excuses. He always compliments the other team’s effort. Winners should be at least as gracious. Lane is not. Pederson may have been seething at hearing it. Johnson has screws loose.

    Don’t help the opposition paint, and then locate, the target on your back.

    ————————

    Brady’s record shaking hands versus SB teams he beat 5-0
    Against teams he lost to? 0-3. Very professional. Funny how you folks up there only spout the good things your team does. How about those cheating tapes that had to be destroyed? Oh did you forget that? How about that phone that the “goat” who “broke” his phone before some texts could be found? Whoops forgot that one too. How about your amazing coach (at least when he cheats) who just got beat by a second year head coach who outsmarted him the entire game? You guys are front runners and will disappear when the run is over next year.

    Meanwhile, back in Philly, Pittsburgh, Washington, Chicago, Green Bay, Dallas, Denver, Kansas City, NYG, and others, we will cheer and sell out all games with a 60k plus waiting list for tix win, lose, or draw.

    You guys will be rooting for the Red Sox until the Pats are relevant again.

  63. wiitrainingcamp says:
    February 12, 2018 at 3:09 pm
    Ross Tucker, who played for the Pats for a season, said on his podcast he agrees with Lane Johnson about the Pats being a fear based organization.

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    Ross Tucker???? He is on Sirius radio and he is horrible. He sounds as if he’s on medication when he talks. He speaks very slowly and sounds like he is all medicated. As soon as he comes on the air, I switch the dial because I don’t want to fall asleep while I’m driving.

  64. Does anyone else find it ironic that Lane Johnson ran his mouth about the Patriots and he’s a guy who was suspended for taking performance enhancing drugs?

  65. lol… If I am Lane I just mention the FACT that Breddy conveniently forgot to mention that in his time in New England that cheating clearly helped them win 3 Superbowls.

  66. tedmurph says:
    February 12, 2018 at 4:40 pm
    OMG. Brady forgot to shake hands??? Unbelievable!!!
    —————————————–
    I was giving him the benefit of the doubt. The truth is, we both know he ran off the field like the petulant child that he is.

  67. Bruschi should of just said “If you want to learn the cheating system and win then come to New England”
    Notice how vets who go to Pats unless very trusted get the same stuff as a guy like Edleman or Brady. Welker got it….But once you know the system, these guys try and go to other teams and stink..
    ever notice that?

  68. ikeclanton says: The Patriots will still be on this run of winning when Lane Johnson and the Eagles return to irrelevancy.

    ========================================

    But..uh… Ike….they just LOST

  69. I thinks it’s funny and pathetic that a team that just won the Super Bowl can’t stop talking about the Patriots??? Even in defeat the Patriot still live in the heads of the other 31 teams.

  70. wiitrainingcamp says:
    February 12, 2018 at 3:31 pm
    Do people think Lane Johnson made this up out of thin air? I would tend to think he heard it from someone. Like his good friend Chris Long, or LaGarette Blount, perhaps?

    Or Borges’s “sources” perhaps. Maybe Lane just likes the sound of his own voice.

    You’d think that probability alone suggests, if you believe anti-pats, there should be dozens of vocal detractors who played in NE. But ya don’t, do ya?

  71. wiitrainingcamp says:
    February 12, 2018 at 3:09 pm
    Ross Tucker, who played for the Pats for a season, said on his podcast he agrees with Lane Johnson about the Pats being a fear based organization.

    Ross Tucker? You mean the Ross Tucker the UDFA who played for Washington let go and was waived by Dallas who also waived him then Buffalo where he was cut then to NE where he played in one game then off to Cleveland then back to Washington?

    Sounds like he didn’t have much fun anywhere. Way to go to the bottom of the barrel to not prove your point.

  72. Yeah, I’m sure they had a lot of fun in the locker room after Sunday’s game. I’m sure Belichick went around to every player and said, “Don’t worry, we’ll get ’em next year. You did your best.” It was probably something like, “We need to make some changes and that means some of you guys are getting the axe.” Hahahaha. Yeah. LOTTA FUN!

  73. Lane Johnson had 2 PED suspensions of his four-years of his career…not having fun……..now he wins his first super bowl…..having fun….feels it is ok to speak out about something he has no clue about… and we are sucrose to say… hey his guy has it right???

    Please tell me if your having fun next season when you defend every week your super bowl title…..then we will see what you truly are made of.

  74. Please let a rematch happen and the Pats will shut the Philly talkers up!

    Bruschi could show Lane Johnson his 3 rings!

  75. This whole thing is so stupid. Philly won a great game, but the Pats have been very successful and plenty of their players have been very loyal to Belichick.

    The NFL is a business. Every team is run by fear. The pressure on everyone, on and off the field, must be relentless and intense. There is no NFL team that sends you a pick-me-up bouquet if you had a bad game, or aren’t living up to expectations. You either perform or you’re gone. NFL careers average only 3-4 years and many don’t last that long.

    So, no, one team isn’t rainbows and unicorns while the other is a dungeon. They’re all dungeons to some degree.

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