The Patriots today sent reporters an advance copy of their 2012 media guide, and a peek inside reveals a few news nuggets pertaining to the club which haven't previously been announced:
* It looks like the Pats haven't fully replaced director of pro personnel Jason Licht, who left earlier this year for Arizona, at least in terms of title. Norwood native Bob Quinn, who has been with the Pats for 12 years, has a change in title, from assistant director of pro personnel to director of pro scouting.
* Providence College graduate Brian Smith, who spent the previous two seasons as assistant director of college scouting, is now college scouting coordinator. Smith has been with the Pats since 2000.
* Monti Ossenfort is promoted to Smith's former position as assistant director of college scouting. Ossenfort is entering his eighth season with New England.
* Former NFL defensive back Steve Cargile and Ronnie McGill are promoted to pro scouts; both were scouting assistants last year with the Patriots.
* In a departure from their typical practice, the Patriots also included scouting assistants in the media guide. Perhaps the fact that three of the four men named are all the sons of Bill Belichick friends has something to do with that: Chris Simms, son of Giants' great Phil and himself a former NFL quarterback; Matt Groh, son of former Belichick assistant Al, and Mick Lombardi, son of NFL Network analyst and former league executive Michael. The fourth, Frank Ross, played at John Carroll University, alma mater of both Josh McDaniels and Nick Caserio.
Also, the Patriots have hired a new team nutritionist: Ted Harper. Harper has worked with U.S. Military Special Operations Command (SOCOM) as well as winter Olympics athletes.