The San Francisco 49ers are in the middle of a flurry of interviews for their open Gm and head coaching positions. One coveted name that has declined an interview with the team is the Patriots director of plater personnel Nick Caserio. Thus far he is the only candidate to have declined to be interviewed.
There could be a lot of reasons why Caserio declined to be interviewed and one of those reasons could be the recent record of the 49ers hiring and firing. Yahoo Senior NFL reporter Charles Robinson tweeted that Caserio was warned to stay away from 4949 Marie DeBartolo Way.
San Jose Mercury News columnist Tim Kawakami has mentioned that the combination of Jed york and Paraag Marathe, who is still involved, may be a deterrent for candidates. The “leaking” that has been done in the past to national reporters by York doesn’t exactly create an environment of trust.
The 49ers seemed to want to create a Patriots West branch with interest in Josh McDaniels and Caserio coming as a dual hire. Now that Caserio is out of the running, reports have surfaced linking ESPN analyst and former front office man Louis Riddick with McDaniels.
Caserio has been with the Patriots since 2001 when he was hired as a personnel assistant. He has held many positions with the Patriots, including being an offensive coaching assistant and a wide receivers coach, before finally being promoted to Director of player personnel in 2008. He works closely with Bill Belichick who has the final say with roster decisions.
The only time Caserio has interviewed with another team during his tenure in New England was in 2014 with the Miami Dolphins. He was offered the position of general manager but declined and remained in New England. He is married with two daughters which could also be an influence on where he maintains his employment.