Caserio reportedly passes on 49ers, will stay with Pats

Caserio reportedly passes on 49ers, will stay with Pats

Nick Caserio is staying put. According to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk the Patriots personnel man has declined an offer to interview with the San Francisco 49ers for their open GM job. That's the only GM job available this offseason (so never knows). 

The seemingly toxic atmosphere in San Fran aided and abetted by rudderless Niners owner Jed York probably didn't make the job too attractive to Caserio. York fired Chip Kelly last week, Jim Tomsula last year and couldn't get along with Jim Harbaugh prior to that, despite Harbaugh's success (36-19-1 over four seasons). Recently-fired GM Trent Baalke didn't seem to be a real prize to work with either but York kept him around for two post-Harbaugh seasons. Seems real Machiavellian and such. 

Caserio is undeniably one of the league's best personnel men and -- given the success of people who've worked under him -- is a shoo-in candidate for any team to show interest in. But the situation in New England is somewhat unbeatable. Although it will always be necessary to get Bill Belichick's assent on any big decision, Caserio and Belichick share a brain at this point and there aren't any known instances of there being any friction. Caserio's acquisitions on all fronts -- free agents, undrafted free agents, restricted free agents, street free agents, draft and trades -- his knowledge of the Patriots scouting operation and experience as a coach make him a lot more valuable to New England than he might be anywhere else. 

For the Patriots the fact he's got no interest in San Fran is a boon. It also means there will be no package deal with Caserio and offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels going to San Fran. McDaniels was scheduled to interview Saturday with the Niners, Jaguars and Rams in Massachusetts. 

Following up on another possible vacancy, Texans head coach Bob McNair said Saturday night he won't be firing head coach Bill O'Brien. We speculated on the ripple effect an O'Brien candidacy could have on the rest of the coaching pool after NFL Media's Ian Rapoport offered that teams were waiting to see if O'Brien might get the gate.

Duron Harmon issues apology after his arrest

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Duron Harmon issues apology after his arrest

According to The Costa Rica Star, airport police at Juan Santamaria International Airport found two ounces of marijuana inside an iced-tea can alongside several different types of THC based paraphernalia within Duron Harmon's suitcase.

Tonight he issued an apology to the Kraft family, Patriots, and his own family.

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Harmon traveled into the country from Fort Lauderdale and was sent back after being briefly detained.

The Patriots organization acknowledged the arrest, β€œWe are aware of the situation involving Duron Harmon Friday night in Costa Rica,” a Patriots spokesman said in a statement to multiple media outlets. β€œHe has since returned to the U.S., and we are seeking to gain more information. At this time, we have no further update.”


Shaq carries Gronk at Miami dance-off

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Shaq carries Gronk at Miami dance-off

Remember when Brandin Cooks rode Rob Gronkowski around like a horse to celebrate a Patriots touchdown back in November?

Well, Gronk doing Gronk things in Miami managed to find about the only person he could ride. 

Shaquille O'Neal, at 7-foot-1, gave 6-7 Gronk a ride on his shoulders as they celebrated the debut of "Shaq's Fun House" as part of the three-day Ultra Music Festival in Miami.

So, who won the dance-off?

Shaq vs @gronk dance battle you tell me who won

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