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The New England Patriots just announced they've hired ESPN analyst and former Titans general manager Floyd Reese as senior football advisor.
The announcement said Reese "will be involved with various football-related assignments, including contracts" while Nick Caserio will manage the daily operations of the personnel department as director of player personnel.
"We consider ourselves fortunate to have the opportunity to add someone with Floyd Reese's NFL experience and expertise to our staff," said Patriots Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft in a statement. "Floyd will be a tremendous asset serving coach [Bill] Belichick in an advisory role."
"Floyd and I go back a long way, practically to the beginning for both of us," said Belichick. "He has handled as much as one person can possibly handle in this league and, to a certain extent, so has Nick. In Nick and Floyd, we have two outstanding men who each bring a wealth of knowledge and flexibility to this organization. I look forward to joining with both of them and working toward the common goal of our team's improvement and success."
Reese lost out with the Titans after the 2006 season when owner Bud Adams did not renew his contract and eventually hired Mike Reinfeldt to replace him. Part of the reason Reese was let go was that Jeff Fisher had better standing with the owner, who it appeared felt the two couldn't work effectively together any longer.
Reese has been eager to get back to work for a team. He was quoted quickly in Detroit after Matt Millen finally resigned last season and even talked about the Cleveland GM job while Phil Savage still held it. Recently he'd been quieter and now he lands in a situation that may be the best imaginable in terms of being part of a winning set up, if not in the power he will wield.
He'll be missed as a media member and sounding board.
Many of us are often looking for a GM perspective -- former GMs who answer the phone are far rarer than former coaches. Reese's depth of experience as a player, coach and executive combined with his storytelling ability made him a tremendous resource. Given the culture of the Patriots, it's a safe bet those stories will rarely leave team headquarters now.
Some of Reese's resume from the Patriots:
Reese will enter his 32nd NFL season in 2009, including 17 seasons in player personnel and 15 seasons as an assistant coach. He joins the Patriots after serving 13 seasons as the executive vice president/general manager of the Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans franchise from 1994-2006. He also served as the assistant general manager of the Oilers for four seasons from 1990-93. Reese served as an assistant coach with Detroit (1975-77), San Francisco (1978), Minnesota (1979-85) and the Houston Oilers (1986-89).
In his 13 seasons as the general manager of the Oilers/Titans, Reese's teams won 111 games -- setting a franchise record for wins by a general manager. Houston and Tennessee won 11 or more games in a season four times during Reese's tenure as general manager while recording eight seasons with a record of .500 or better. Over a five-year period from 1999-2003, the Titans led the NFL with 56 wins, including three seasons with 12 or more victories. In 1999, the Titans claimed the AFC championship and reached the Super Bowl for the first time in franchise history,
The 2008 Titans earned the AFC's top playoff seed while 16 of 22 starters on their final 2008 roster were originally acquired while Reese was general manager, including nine of 11 starters on defense. The 2008 Titans are sending six of Reese's acquisitions to this year's Pro Bowl: QB Kerry Collins, CB Cortland Finnegan, DT Albert Haynesworth, S Chris Hope, C Kevin Mawae and T Michael Roos.
Reese entered the NFL as the strength and conditioning coach for the Detroit Lions in 1975. He spent three years with the Lions, including a two-year period from 1976-77 while Bill Belichick was also a member of the Detroit coaching staff.