Caserio becomes the eighth different candidate to meet with owner Steve Ross, joining current assistant general manager Brian Gaine, Ray Farmer, Dennis Hickey, Omar Khan, Jason Licht, Lake Dawson and Brian Xanders. The search has been ongoing since Ross and Jeff Ireland mutually agreed to part ways almost three weeks ago.
Coming from an organization in New England that has been to five Super Bowls since the turn of the century and won three gives Caserio some perspective on how to build a championship team. He has spent 13 seasons with the Patriots, 11 of them on the personnel side, and was promoted to his current position in February of 2008.
Caserio served as Bill Belichick’s wide receivers coach in 2007. That’s the year Randy Moss caught 23 touchdown passes and New England went 16-0 in the regular season before losing to the New York Giants in the Super Bowl to fall a game shy of the first perfect season since Miami’s in 1972. His only other year on Belichick’s coaching staff was in 2002 as an offensive coaching assistant.
Success has followed Caserio dating back to his college days as a four-year starter at quarterback for John Carroll University, where he led the Blue Streaks to just their second appearance in the NCAA Division III Tournament and was a two-time captain and three-time All-Conference selection. He went into the coaching ranks as a graduate assistant at Saginaw Valley State for two years from 1999-2001 and then spent a brief period in the same role at Central Michigan in 2001 before joining the Patriots’ scouting department as a personnel assistant – the year they won their first Super Bowl.
After his first season on the coaching staff the following year, Caserio became an area scout for two years and then was named director of pro personnel in 2004. He handled press box responsibilities for the coaching staff during games from 2003-06, moved back to the sidelines in 2007 and made his final move back to the front office on the first day of the 2008 NFL Scouting Combine.