Football

Sept. 11, 1997

In Week 3 of the NFL season, the Patriots and Jets would meet in Foxborough, with all eyes on a changing of the guard. Of course, months earlier, the change of head coaches, from Bill Parcells to Pete Carroll, had already been judged as a pronounced step down for the Pats.

Pete the Poodle stood at 2-0 as the Jets came to town, with Parcells’ club at 1-1. The midweek conversation was peppered with all anecdotal evidence of the rift between Parcells and his boss, Pats owner Robert Kraft, which the principals dismissed as so much hot air.

Parcells’ famous parting words – something about whoever cooks the dinner should be able to shop for the groceries – seemed forgotten by everyone but the media, not to mention the fans.

Parcells said nice things about the Patriots, Kraft said nice things about Parcells, and the Poodle wagged his tail.

On the ensuing Sunday night, the Pats beat the Jets, 27-24, on a 34-yard field goal by Adam Vinatieri.

Nothing Carroll did for the remainder of the Pats career came anywhere near his greatest contribution, years later, when he called for a second-and-goal pass by Russell Wilson with Seattle on the New England 1-yard line.

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