The Patriots are in Seattle this weekend where they'll meet up with old friend Pete Carroll, former coach of the Patriots before Bill Belichick.
So, can Carroll stop them? If you listen to his rah-rah speeches, you might believe so but does that translate to the NFL?
He's a good defensive coach, but how will he handle an offense like the Patriots?
Steve DeOssie said that when he was with the Jets, Carroll was "more concerned with being buddies with his players than he is with being a good head coach."
Hopefully for his sake and the sake of his "buddies" he shows up prepared.
Sunday morning, as President Donald Trump resumed his attack on the National Football League, Patriots president and CEO Robert Kraft issued a statement condemning Trump's call for NFL owners to "fire" players who protest against social injustice during the playing of the National Anthem.
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"I am deeply disappointed by the tone of the comments made by the President on Friday. I am proud to be associated with so many players who make such tremendous contributions in positively impacting our communities. Their efforts, both on and off the field, help bring people together and make our community stronger. There is no greater unifier in this country than sports, and unfortunately, nothing more divisive than politics. I think our political leaders could learn a lot from the lessons of teamwork and the importance of working together toward a common goal. Our players are intelligent, thoughtful and care deeply about our community and I support their right to peacefully affect social change and raise awareness in a manner that they feel is most impactful.”
Trump, meanwhile, was back on Twitter, renewing his demand for punishment -- or employment termination -- against such players: