Caserio continues meetings in Miami

Caserio continues meetings in Miami
January 25, 2014, 10:30 am
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Nick Caserio will be meeting with the Dolphins Saturday to speak further about their general manager’s job.
 
Caserio met with the Dolphins Friday morning and into the early afternoon.
 
It was reported that Miami would be conducting interviews with the “finalists” for the job this weekend.
 
Caserio’s Saturday meeting was described as an “extended first interview” according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network.
 
However one wants to classify it, the Dolphins want to learn more about Caserio and the chance of him departing for a division rival remains in play.
 
On Thursday, Cleveland Browns Assistant GM Ray Farmer removed his name from consideration, reportedly because he had misgivings about the power structure in place.
 
Head coach Joe Philbin and VP of Football Administration Dawn Aponte are said to be on equal footing with the GM-to-be-named, according to Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald. All will report to owner Stephen Ross.
 
So far, Tennessee's Lake Dawson, Pittsburgh's Omar Khan, Tampa Bay's Dennis Hickey, Detroit's Brian Xanders, and in-house candidate Brian Gaine have all interviewed.
 
Among those expected to be asked back for “finalist” interviews this weekend are Dawson, Gaine and – if it goes well – the 38-year-old Caserio.
 
Caserio was the Director of Pro Personnel under Scott Pioli from 2004 to 2006. He was wide receivers coach in 2007. The wide receivers had a nice year. And he’s been Direcror of Player Personnel since 2008. After Pioli left, nobody was elevated to the VP of Player Personnel position Pioli held.
 
Caserio is a trusted Patriots lieutenant because he came up in their system. It’s a system that stresses versatility, intelligence, toughness and leadership in addition to the measurables necessary for a player to succeed in the league.  
 
That’s led the Patriots to value and ultimately draft or sign players that other teams don’t regard as highly. Sometimes they swing and connect. Sometimes they swing and miss.
 
If Caserio sticks in Miami for the weekend as a finalist, the Patriots will likely start mulling replacements. Jon Robinson, their Director of College Scouting and Bob Quinn, the team’s Assistant Director of Pro Personnel under Caserio.