Caserio looking at the big picture


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Last year, even as Nick Caserio took on a big role in the front office — as the assumed heir apparent to Scott Pioli — and the title of director of player personnel, he remained close to the coaching staff.

He’d run drills. He’d be in booth on Game Day. Really, if you didn’t know any better, you might think he never left coaching at all.

This year’s been different. Caserio has largely stood at an arm’s length from drills, and seems to be more macro than micro, which is the way a lot of general managers and personnel officials take in proceedings in other locales.

“You’re just watching practice, and I kind of
stand behind some of the drills because I like to see the communication, some
of the interaction,” Caserio said. “Having been in some offensive meetings, I’ve spent some
time in defensive meetings this spring, so just so you can see what’s being
coached and you can see whether the players actually apply it on the field.

“So
the communication, how they interact, just their mannerisms, I just like to
take that perspective from behind and see if they’re taking that coaching and
processing that information.”

It’s an interesting been interesting to see the change, and watch as Caserio assesses the whole roster, particularly since the personnel department he heads are part of the process in who makes the 53-man roster (we’ll hook you up with another one of these in the morning) and who doesn’t come September.

But his coaching experience helps, too, in that he knows what kind of qualities the team is looking for on the practice field, in the locker room and in meetings. Which, by the sounds of what he’s saying, is why he’s not totally detached from things coaches routinely do.


“Anytime you have an opportunity to spend time with
them in the meetings like I have and to be able to understand what they’re
going to have to go through on a day-to-day basis and then when they come out
for practice, I think it’s invaluable,” he said. “I think our staff does a great job of
identifying the right qualities in players, and you know, you’re constantly
being evaluated on a day-to-day basis, everybody is, and what you did the next
day, you want to be able to be more consistent moving forward and that’s the
name of the game.”

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Anyone that has impressed Caserio? Yeah, actually, there have been guys and — believe it or not — he was even willing to name some names.

“I think it’s interesting because everybody is sort of at
different levels of development,” he said. “I think some of the
second-year players, Patrick Chung and (Darius) Butler and (Julian) Edelman, I mean, those are
guys that had a great offseason and were some of our offseason award winners
and it sort of carried over into the spring so that’s a tribute to what they
did during the spring.”

So look out for Butler and Chung and Edelman.