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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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This is why Martellus Bennett won't return to Patriots

This is why Martellus Bennett won't return to Patriots

Martellus Bennett contributed to the New England Patriots in both of his stints with the team. But with Rob Gronkowski retired, Jacob Hollister traded, and no activity at the position in the draft, the Patriots' cupboard at tight end is looking bare.

Speculation that Bennett may make a comeback began following the Patriots' trade for his brother, defensive end Michael Bennett, back in March.

But in a recent interview with TMZ Sports, Martellus explained why he won't be joining his brother for another stint in New England.

Per TMZ Sports, Bennett is "focusing on his multimedia production company, [and is] doing everything from book publishing to animated features and more."

When asked about a potential return, Bennett responded, "It's not me. I'm not the one."

The Patriots acquired tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins following Rob Gronkowski's retirement earlier this offseason.

They also traded tight end Jacob Hollister to the Seattle Seahawks on Monday in exchange for a 2020 seventh-round pick and elected not to take a tight end in the 2019 NFL Draft last week. 

But if the Patriots are looking for a boost at tight end, it looks like it won't be coming from Bennett.

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Jacob Hollister out, four questionable for Patriots in season finale

Jacob Hollister out, four questionable for Patriots in season finale

The top seed in the AFC playoffs is on the line Sunday as the Patriots take on the Jets at home. They're relatively healthy compared to recent weeks, but they will still be without Jacob Hollister while four others are questionable. 

Hollister has only played in eight games this season, while Waddle has appeared in 15 games. Both missed practice Friday but Waddle's was due to illness. 

Cordarrelle Patterson could be an important loss with depth issues at wide receiver. With Josh Gordon's departure from football, Patterson will have to step up to provide support to Julian Edelman and Rob Gronkowski.

Getting more playing time before the playoffs could be beneficial, but the Patriots should be able to figure things out offensively either way. 

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