The Patriots have hired Dom Capers as a special assistant/secondary coach, while announcing a few other moves.
Nick Caserio, who served as receivers coach last year, is the team's new director of player personnel. Bill O'Brien, who served as a coaching assistant last year, is the new receivers coach.
Secondary coach Joel Collier will not be back with the team in 2008.
Here is text from the team's press release:
The New England Patriots have hired veteran coach Dom Capers as special assistant / secondary, appointed Nick Caserio director of player personnel and named Bill O’Brien wide receivers coach. Capers served as the Miami Dolphins’ defensive coordinator in 2007, while Caserio served as New England’s wide receivers coach and O’Brien was a Patriots coaching assistant.
Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick on Dom Capers:
“I have known Dom for a long time and respect him tremendously as a coach, particularly defensively. To add a coach of his caliber is an outstanding opportunity for us. I look forward to getting to work with Dom and Dean [Pees] immediately.”
Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick on Bill O’Brien:
“In his first year, Bill made a very positive impact on our offensive staff. We are excited about him building on his experience in the system as he moves into his new role.”
Vice President of Player Personnel Scott Pioli on Nick Caserio:
“Nick has exemplified versatility and loyalty to this organization. We are happy to welcome him back to the personnel department where we will benefit from his great understanding of our program.”
Dom Capers is a veteran of 36 years as a coach, including 22 years in the NFL, 16 of which have been as a defensive coordinator or head coach. He spent four seasons as head coach of the Carolina Panthers (1995-98) and five years as head coach of the Houston Texans (2001-05). He has also held defensive coordinator duties for the Pittsburgh Steelers (1992-94), Jacksonville Jaguars (1999-2000) and Miami Dolphins (2006-07).
New England Patriots Coaching Staff
Bill Belichick, Head Coach
Assistants (listed alphabetically)
Dom Capers, Special Assistant/Secondary
Don Davis, Assistant Strength and Conditioning
Ivan Fears, Running Backs
Pepper Johnson, Defensive Line
Pete Mangurian, Tight Ends
Josh McDaniels, Offensive Coordinator/QBs
Harold Nash, Assistant Strength and Conditioning
Bill O’Brien, Wide Receivers
Matt Patricia, Linebackers
Dean Pees, Defensive Coordinator
Dante Scarnecchia, Assistant Head Coach/OL
Brad Seely, Special Teams
Mike Woicik, Strength and Conditioning