Exclusive: Lane Johnson fires back at McNabb


For the second time this offseason, Eagles offensive tackle Lane Johnson is coming to his quarterback's defense. 

Two days after former Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb said the time was ticking on Carson Wentz to prove he can be a winner in Philadelphia, Johnson joined Paul Jolovitz on SportsRadio 94WIP late Sunday night to explain a tweet directed at McNabb and to defend his current starting quarterback. 

“This is what I meant — every training camp we have all of these ex-players come and shake our hands, wish us good luck. Then, they just go out and just talk hate. I feel there is a lot of envy, jealously, and I see a lot of fakery. It isn’t just me — a lot of other teammates see it too. You would think the best quarterback in franchise history would try to build up a young man that looks up to him instead of always criticizing him, critiquing him and wishing he would fail so he could be the missing link and feel better himself. That is what I don’t like," Johnson said. "I’m not a guy that thinks I have it all figured out, I have many problems as well, but I get tired of all the fakery to be honest with you.”

Johnson continued to explain his issues with McNabb's comments. 

“I don’t think (McNabb) wants (Wentz) to outsucceed him," Johnson said. "I felt like a lot of players, even when we were making our Super Bowl (run) didn’t want us to win. That is just how it is. That’s how the world works. People can put on a good show, a good face, but the eyes never lie. I see it, a lot of other teammates see it. Honestly it is part of the business, but these guys say what they want, but then when an athlete voices his opinion, we’re the bad ones. We’re humans too. It’s not like we are just entertainment on Sundays and robots for everyones entertainment. It is what we do, its what we love, but some guy are scared to speak their mind because of they are scared of the criticism, scared of the backlash, afraid of getting thrown in the media in a bad light. The thing about my NFL career is I have seen the best and I have seen the worst. I feel like I have a lot of perspective other people don’t have.”

Although he was clearly aware of just how much McNabb has accomplished in an Eagles' uniform, Johnson's main issue was McNabb not showing more support for Wentz, who has had a rough offseason.