How about this for an endorsement?
Nick Caserio has received interest from the 49ers, who are in need of a general manager, and it's easy to see why they might be interested given what Bill Belichick had to say about his director of player personnel on Tuesday.
"I mean Nick does a tremendous job," Belichick said during a conference call. "He and his staff do a tremendous job of, first of all, seeing hundreds and hundreds of players from the draft choices on a perspective draft class to all of the players in the league on all of the teams.
"[During] training camp we start looking at the players that we think might be available, might not make the roster, and then as we go through training camp players that maybe a team would consider trading or moving off of their roster but aren’t released players. And then all of the practice squad transactions.
"We’re definitely a team that has some roster movement throughout the course of the year, and Nick does a great job. I can’t imagine any personnel person in the league that sees more players than he does -- both in the spring scouting process part of it for the draft, and then just watching tape on players throughout the course of the year. He does a great job of that, bringing players to the table, to the conversation, guys that would help our team, or guys that might be available that we could trade for. That’s happened a few times this year . . .
"Nick has a good staff. A lot of those guys have been here for a number of years. We have a lot of experience on both our pro and college staff. [Director of pro personnel] Dave Ziegler and [director of college scouting] Monti Ossenfort – those guys do a great job as well, and the people that work with them.
Caserio, 41, joined the Patriots as an offensive assistant back in 2002. Since then, he's served in a variety of different roles -- including personnel assistant, area scout, director of pro personnel and wide receivers coach -- and established his value as "a lobe of Belichick's brain."
Belichick explained on that he and Caserio have spent so much time together over the years that the process of identifying the right players for the Patriots has become relatively seamless.
"We’ve dealt with a lot of players," Belichick said. "A lot of times when we bring a guy in we can say ‘This player is sort of similar to somebody else we had. This would be his role or this would be how he would be beneficial for us in a situation similar to somebody else we’ve had.’ That’s part of the experience.
"It’s definitely valuable, and the fact that we’ve been together, and we’ve all gone through a lot of players together -- both guys that have worked out and guys that haven’t -- certainly helps the overall efficiency and the smoothness of the operation . . . It’s a huge volume of number of players that [the personnel department has] to dig through, but they do it tirelessly. I think Nick and his staff have done a great job on that."