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Caserio declines Colts’ request

Personnel manager prefers Foxborough

NICK CASERIO Joined Patriots in 2001 NICK CASERIO Joined Patriots in 2001
By Shalise Manza Young and Greg A. Bedard
Globe Staff / January 9, 2012
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The Indianapolis Colts formally requested permission from the Patriots to interview New England director of player personnel Nick Caserio, a league source told the Globe yesterday, but Caserio declined, choosing to stay with the Patriots.

In a surprising move, the Colts last week fired vice chairman Bill Polian and general manager Chris Polian (Bill’s son), and now the team, which has the No. 1 pick in the draft, is searching for a GM.

Caserio was apparently one of the first names that came to mind for Indianapolis owner Jim Irsay.

The 36-year-old Caserio has been the Patriots’ director of player personnel since February 2008, and became the de facto general manager after Scott Pioli departed in 2009. He has been part of the New England organization since 2001, when he was brought in as a personnel assistant.

His career with the team has been spent between the front office and coaching staff; in 2002, Caserio became an offensive assistant, but then in ’03, he served as an area scout.

In 2004, Caserio, an Ohio native, was named director of pro personnel, a title he held for three years. In 2007 he returned to the sideline as receivers coach, leading a gifted group that included newcomers Randy Moss, Wes Welker, and Donte’ Stallworth.

Shortly after the ’07 season, Caserio returned to the front office.

Irsay said yesterday morning via his Twitter account that the team will interview seven candidates for the job, though he did not say who they will be. When ESPN’s Adam Schefter tweeted a short time later that the “first candidate the Colts tried to hire was . . . Nick Caserio,’’ Irsay took umbrage with the report, and called him out in a string of tweets.

Among other things, Irsay disputed Schefter’s report that there was a first candidate the Colts wanted to hire because “I haven’t interviewed [anyone] . . . Adam, don’t say I wanted to hire someone I never talked to or met . . . MISLEADING.’’

Schefter responded by saying that the NFL told him that Indianapolis “general counsel Daniel Emerson emailed request for Nick Cesario [sic] on Tues before he opted to stay in NE.’’

It’s official

The Patriots officially announced the rehiring of Josh McDaniels last night.

In a release, the team said McDaniels is joining the team as an offensive assistant for the remainder of the 2011 season. It is expected that after this season, when current offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien departs for his new job as coach of Penn State, McDaniels will become coordinator.

McDaniels first joined the Patriots in 2001 as a personnel assistant; in 2006, he was named offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach, a position he held through the 2008 season. In 2009, McDaniels left New England to become head coach of the Broncos, the team the Patriots will host Saturday night in an AFC divisional-round playoff game.

McDaniels spent the 2011 regular season as the Rams’ offensive coordinator.

Shalise Manza Young can be reached at syoung@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @shalisemyoung. Greg A. Bedard can be reached at gbedard@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @GregABedard.

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