Caserio says Pats 2011 evaluation is ongoing

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Caserio says Pats 2011 evaluation is ongoing

INDIANAPOLIS -- The fact the Patriots' 2011 season ended less than three weeks ago (doesn't it seem like months since the Super Bowl?) means they are still kicking through the rubble of a very successful run that ended inches short of another Super Bowl win. "Were still going through it" said Nick Caserio, the Patriots head personnel man. "We started some of that when we came back from the Super Bowl. Were still going through it. Well go through a player-by-player analysis, with strengths and weaknesses, kind of a summary of what the player is and what the player, in our opinion, his future is moving forward. Were still going through that.

"Schematic review, thats ongoing, the self-scout," Caserio continued. "Well go through and look at all the runs, all the passes, youll go through everything. Its really ongoing. The bulk of the coaches time, thats where its going to be allocated self scout, player evaluation, and then start to get into a little bit of the draft and some of the free agency. Id say it will be continually ongoing, and by the time we get to the beginning of OTAs, well have a firm grasp of where we are on everything.I asked if there was a mourning period after the loss to the Giants. Caserio indicated he understood the reason for the question but that kind of navel-gazing isn't part of what NFL teams do. The way I look at it, its kind of like another game during the year win or lose, the next day, heres what happened and then you move on to the next game," he said. "We dont have a next game to move on to. This is the next game, sort of, thats in town. Thats where we are. We were up and running the following week, in draft meetings with our scouting staff going through these prospects. You have to move on. Weve moved on and you got to prepare for the next thing thats in front of you and thats what were going to do.

Turner jokes that Celtics will retire his number

Turner jokes that Celtics will retire his number

It’s not the craziest thing someone has said on Twitter, but Evan Turner tweeted Monday that the Celtics should retire his number. 

It was a joke, of course, as the former Celtic was reacting to news that Isaiah Thomas had said he liked the No. 11 and would change his jersey number if so many people in Boston hadn’t already purchased his No. 4 jersey. 

After Turner joked that No. 11 was going to be retired, Thomas joked back that he would wear No. 11 as a tribute to the current Trail Blazer. 

Prior to being traded to Boston, Thomas wore No. 22 for Sacramento and No. 3 for Phoenix. 

Curran: McDaniels staying with Pats shouldn't be a shocker

Curran: McDaniels staying with Pats shouldn't be a shocker

For weeks the speculation regarding Josh McDaniels wasn't a matter of "if" but "when."

But while national media had McDaniels signed, sealed and delivered to multiple landing spots, the proposition that he'd leave at all was never a likelihood. 

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The Rams weren't attractive to him from the outset. Jacksonville didn't excite him, either. And on Monday, he passed on the 49ers opportunity. 

The lure of a blank slate in San Fran at quarterback and GM didn't outpace the uncertainty of going cross-country to work for a seemingly dysfunctional franchise that's cycled rapidly through coaches and has an unrealistic sense that it's a long, long way removed from its glory days, the only remnant remaining from that being perhaps the logo on the helmet. 

With four kids and a job McDaniels considers one of the 10 best on coaching -- head man or no -- he will stay on as the Patriots' offensive coordinator.

"I was really impressed with (Niners owner) Jed York and (team executive) Paraag Marathe . . . and the people that came from the 49ers organization," McDaniels said on a conference call this morning. "They did a great job with their presentation. Humbled to be included in that process. At this time it's just best for my family and myself to remain here in New England and focus on this year's playoffs and finish out the year however it turns out."

The same faulty speculative reasoning that had McDaniels as good as gone from the Patriots will move on undeterred today and surmise that McDaniels is staying with the Patriots because he knows, or has been promised, that he'll receive the head coaching job when Bill Belichick steps aside. 

While the Kraft family certainly thinks highly of McDaniels and that could come to pass, anyone tapping their foot and checking their watch waiting for Belichick to step down is in for a long wait. He's showing no signs of wrapping it up and, while I haven't been told directly McDaniels isn't the automatic successor, he wouldn't be taking interviews at all if he were assured that. 

What will be interesting to see is whether interest remains high in him for other jobs or the perception that he's never going to leave means teams don't bother to ask. San Fran obviously had its heart set on McDaniels. Even though Nick Caserio passed on the chance to interview with the Niners for their open GM job, the team did talk to Louis Riddick about the spot. He and McDaniels have high regard for each other. 

Between McDaniels, Caserio and defensive coordinator Matt Patricia, the people closest to Belichick on the coaching flow chart all had chances to go somewhere else and all passed on the chance. It's another example of not why the Patriots are good but why they remain good. Stability.