AFC East: Brad Seely

As expected, Capers leaves Patriots, too

January, 19, 2009
Posted by's Tim Graham

The New England Patriots have lost another highly respected assistant coach.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports Dom Capers, a longtime defensive coordinator and former head coach, will join the Green Bay Packers as defensive coordinator.

Capers was with New England only one season as secondary coach. His departure was expected because he was overqualified for the job. He was a luxury hire for the Patriots, who found a place for him after the Miami Dolphins cleaned house a year ago.

He had been linked to the New York Giants' defensive coordinator job vacated by new St. Louis Rams head coach Steve Spagnuolo, and was rumored to be joining former Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels with the Denver Broncos.

The Patriots this month also lost vice president of player personnel Scott Pioli, now the Kansas City Chiefs' general manager, and special teams fixture Brad Seely, who was named assistant head coach and coordinator for the Cleveland Browns.

Patriots lose another top assistant coach

January, 14, 2009
Posted by's Tim Graham

The New England Patriots have lost another key member of their football operations.

On the same day the Kansas City Chiefs introduced former Patriots vice president of player personnel Scott Pioli as general manager, new Cleveland Browns head coach Eric Mangini plucked special teams coach Brad Seely off the Patriots' staff.

Seely will get a promotion to assistant head coach. He was on Bill Belichick's staff for all four Super Bowl appearances. Seely joined the Patriots in 1999 and was retained when Belichick became head coach a year later.

The Patriots reportedly will bring in former Denver Broncos special teams coach Scott O'Brien, who was let go when Mike Shanahan was fired. O'Brien worked under Belichick with the Cleveland Browns.

Reports also had linked Seely to the Denver Broncos, where Josh McDaniels took over as head coach Monday. McDaniels was the Patriots' offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.

Patriots secondary coach Dom Capers, a long-time defensive coordinator, also could be on the move, further depleting the Patriots of more brain power.

At least Patriot Nation can count on defensive coordinator Dean Pees not going anywhere.

How long can Patriots cope with defections?

January, 13, 2009
Posted by's Tim Graham

Brain drain continued Tuesday in Foxborough, Mass.

ESPN's Michael Smith reports New England Patriots vice president of player personnel Scott Pioli is joining the Kansas City Chiefs. The loss is the latest in a series of Bill Belichick consiglieres to flip.

Hotshot offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels was introduced Monday as Denver Broncos head coach. Reports indicate he will take secondary coach Dom Capers and special teams coach Brad Seely with him.

Top college scout Thomas Dimitroff became Atlanta Falcons general manager last year. Belichick coordinators Charlie Weis, Romeo Crennel and Eric Mangini have departed since December 2004.

Pioli spent nine years with the Patriots, winning the Sporting News' Executive of the Year award in 2003 and 2004 and Pro Football Weekly's version of the award in 2007.

From the Patriots' media guide:

Pioli's primary personnel objective is to build a team, not to simply collect individual talent. As a result, the Patriots have been able to prosper despite the NFL realities of injuries and the salary cap, which have proven in many cases to be impediments to long-term success in pro football.

Patriots player personnel director Nick Caserio will be Pioli's replacement, but how long will Caserio stick around? He already has gained notice around the league. Reports connected him to the Broncos and Cleveland Browns GM vacancies. So Caserio will remain with the Patriots, but maybe next year he'll want to call his own shots.

Belichick is a savvy overseer. He hasn't missed badly with his appointments. He makes wise choice after wise choice when identifying subordinates to carry out his master plan.

But how long can Patriot Nation expect to survive the loss of so many bright minds?

Around the AFC East: Jets zeroing in on coach

January, 13, 2009

Posted by's Tim Graham

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