Officially, he's the Patriots director of player personnel, but Nick Caserio's been juggling a couple different hats. He was the team's wide receivers coach in 2007 before becoming taking his current title. Scott Pioli's departure this past January only added to Caserio's front office duties, and considering he's still balancing those with a little bit of coaching work, he's been pretty busy.
"I'm kind of actually going back and forth today between some of the offensive gameplan meetings and upstairs to take care of some things that were personnel related," Caserio said during a conference call this morning.
Despite his new role in the front office, he's maintained some of his past responsibilities, working on the field with the receivers during training camp as well as sitting in the box with the coaches on game days this season. So even though he's not listed as a part of the coaching staff, he's been sort of pseudo-coach.
"I"d say it's probably pretty similar to some of the things that I've done in the past," Caserio said. "As far as being upstairs in the press box and just communicating with (quarterbacks coach Bill O'Brien) or the rest of the offensive coaching staff during the course of the game as to what we're seeing, what defenses are being played, the different personnel groupings.
"So on a gameday perspective, some of the responsibilities are similar to some of those which I've had in the past whether it was when I was downstairs on a full-time basis coaching the receivers or even when I was on the road doing some scouting but would still be at the games on Sunday. So I would say that the similarities are pretty similar to what I've done in the past."
On the front office side, Caserio has worked closely with director of college scouting Jon Robinson and director of pro personnel Jason Licht.
"Our scouts have been out essentially since training camp and we stay in constant communication and dialogue," Caserio said, who acknowledged that he hasn't been on the road as much himself. "So most of the work that I've been doing is mostly from an in-house perspective. Everything is online with the video system. So for example, with some of the preseason scouting with some of the other players on the respective clubs -- whether its players that have been released or players that you're going to sign to your practice squad -- I'm able to take care of that work from my desk here with the access to the video system."
When the Patriots meet the Falcons this weekend, Caserio will reunite with Thomas Dimitroff, who was with the Pats for six years as a national scout and director of college scouting before becoming general manager of the Falcons in 2008. Caserio said it was Dimitroff who "taught him the ropes."
"Tom and I, we had a great relationship and we still have a good relationship," Caserio said. "I think one of the things that I learned from Thomas is, he's a great communicator and he's a great manager of people. He had a way about him where he could handle a staff where if something needed to be communicated he was able to do that in a clear and articulate fashion. I think everything that Thomas has done, he's earned. He is a smart football man, who has a great personality a great demeanor .... So I have a lot of respect for Tom."