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Did Pete Carroll take a shot at the Patriots' strict culture?

Did Pete Carroll take a shot at the Patriots' strict culture?

It seems like yet another NFL team is taking shots at the New England Patriots. This time, it's the Seattle Seahawks and Pete Carroll.

In a press conference on Monday evening, Carroll was asked about the differences he notices about players that have come over from the Patriots. According to Greg Bell of the Tacoma News Tribune, Carroll laughed at the question and offered this response.

This could just be an innocent comment, but it certainly seems to be a shot at the Patriots' strict culture under Bill Belichick. 

Carroll himself is one of the more relaxed head coaches in the NFL, and he has found success with that method. So, it would make sense that Carroll would take a little shot at Belichick since their management styles are polar opposites, especially given the success Carroll has found turning former Patriots into solid contributors.

The Seahawks have a pretty extensive history of taking a chance on former Patriots under Carroll's watch. The Seahawks have turned guys like cornerback Justin Coleman and tight end Jacob Hollister (who caught two touchdown passes for the team last week) into very good players.

Now, the Seahawks will try to work some of their magic with Josh Gordon. Seattle was the only team to put in a claim for the former Patriots receiver but Carroll obviously feels confident that Gordon will fit in with the Seahawks.

Carroll isn't the first member of the Seahawks organization to take a jab at Belichick and the Patriots. Cassius Marsh, who briefly played for the Patriots after being traded to them from the Seahawks in 2017, said that he didn't have fun while playing for the team.

It's safe to say that if the Patriots do meet the Seahawks this season -- the only chance for that to happen would be in the Super Bowl -- they will have some bulletin-board material.

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Donald Trump says he'd ask Patriots' Bill Belichick for military advice

Donald Trump says he'd ask Patriots' Bill Belichick for military advice

You wouldn't seek out a military general for tips on NFL roster building, but Donald Trump apparently believes there's some transferrable wisdom between the battlefield and gridiron.

During an interview Tuesday on The Hugh Hewitt Show, President Trump was asked whether he believes Bill Belichick has a better chance of winning a Super Bowl with the New England Patriots this year than Tom Brady does with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Trump responded with a diplomatic answer -- that included some eye-opening praise for Belichick.

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"I think they’re both going to do great. They’re both friends of mine," Trump told Hewitt. "I’ll tell you, Belichick is an incredible coach, and I think he’s going to do really well. This guy just knows how to win. And he’s a very good friend of mine. He’s a winner.

"You know, if I ever had a military battle, I’d call up Belichick and say, 'What do you think? ... Give me a couple of ideas.' And he'd be as good as any general out there."

Belichick is a master strategist who relies on knowledge, adaptability and thorough preparation to put the Patriots in the best position to succeed. Those are all qualities of a successful military general, and perhaps Belichick could have been one in another life.

Alas, Belichick is a football coach with zero military credentials (aside from his father coaching at Navy), so we're not sure he's the best person to call about battle strategy.

Trump has touted his friendship with Belichick and Brady over the years, reading a letter of support from the Patriots coach on the eve of his election in 2016 and bringing up the former Patriots quarterback in various public appearances.

The President clearly still enjoys referencing both Patriots icons, even if his understanding of Belichick's talents is a bit off.

Tom Brady shared this sage advice with Titans' A.J. Brown last season

Tom Brady shared this sage advice with Titans' A.J. Brown last season

When the GOAT speaks, you listen, especially when you're a rookie in your first NFL training camp.

That's what Titans wide receiver A.J. Brown did when he crossed paths with then-Patriots quarterback Tom Brady during Tennessee's joint practices with New England last summer.

According to Brown, the 43-year-old quarterback imparted some valuable wisdom on the second-round draft pick -- the best advice Brown has received as a pro -- at one of those practices.

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"He told me: Work on the things you know you need improvement on, so you won't have no weakness," Brown said Monday in a video conference with reporters, via Titans.com.

"Everybody works hard, but everybody knows what their weakness is. Work on your weakness so you have no weakness."

That's sound advice from Brady, whose relentless drive to eliminate his own weaknesses helped him win six Super Bowl titles with the Patriots over 20 seasons before leaving for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this offseason.

It appears Brown took Brady's advice to heart, too: The 23-year-old has been working to improve his conditioning after noticing on film that he looked fatigued during the fourth quarter of games as a rookie, which he believes may have given away some of his routes.

"(I have to) make sure my pad level is the same all the way through the whole route," Brown said. "Just not putting on your turn signal before you turn."

Brown was the only rookie wide receiver to top 1,000 receiving yards last season -- 1,051 yards on 52 catches with eight touchdowns -- so the Ole Miss product could become an elite NFL wideout if he takes another step forward in 2020.

Brady has helped plenty of Patriots wideouts over the years, but he's also been a font of wisdom for other budding NFL stars -- and you can add Brown to that list.

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