After the Patriots lost Super Bowl LII to Nick Foles and the Eagles, a number of Philadelphia players and media pundits began to lob grenades at Bill Belichick’s operation for how New England conducts its business.

Among the bombs thrown at Operation Foxboro was the assertion by one, Lane Johnson, that the five-time Super Bowl champions don’t have any fun and that General Belichick rules Patriot Place with the iron fist of a dictator — which, according to Johnson, can’t work in today’s culture.

Fast forward 12 months, and the Patriots once again are preparing for the Super Bowl, something that has become commonplace for those under Belichick’s horrid regime.

While the Patriot Way typically demands players remain tight-lipped, New England running back Rex Burkhead couldn’t help but throw a little shade this week at Johnson and the Eagles, who have been sitting on the couch for three weeks after losing to the New Orleans Saints in the divisional round of the NFL playoffs.

The Patriots will face the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LIII on Sunday in Atlanta.

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