Belichick, Boyer & Caserio leftovers

January, 17, 2012
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Leftovers from conference calls with head coach Bill Belichick, defensive backs coach Josh Boyer and director of player personnel Nick Caserio:

1. Belichick says Ravens' success starts at the top. Belichick opened the call by sharing his thoughts on the Ravens and how their success begins with owner Steve Bisciotti. He mentioned Ozzie Newsome's work heading up the personnel side, and John Harbaugh and his coaching staff. Belichick then went through some of the Ravens' personnel. On defense, he began with "four great players, two Hall of Famers for sure, and probably more than that."

2. Praise for DBs coach Josh Boyer. With Boyer speaking with reporters Tuesday, Belichick was asked about his role on the staff. He noted that Boyer's primary work comes with cornerbacks and in the Patriots' sub defenses. Boyer watches games from the coaches' booth and this is where Belichick said he shines. "Josh has done a great job for us, especially game day in the [coaches] box, recognizing what the opponents are doing, how they’re building their route concepts, what adjustments we need to make," Belichick said.

3. Moore's emergence on defense. It's been an up and down year for rookie defensive back Sterling Moore in terms of being on and off the roster, but he played a big role in Saturday's win (36 snaps). When asked about Moore, Boyer touched on his athleticism. "He has worked really hard to assimilate into our program," he said, adding that his technique has improved over the year. "We have asked him to do multiple things [and] he has been able to do that for us."

4. Caserio's take on Torrey Smith. The Patriots selected running back Shane Vereen with the 56th overall pick in the 2011 draft. Two picks later, the Ravens took receiver Torrey Smith, who is Baltimore's top vertical threat and totaled 50 receptions and 7 touchdowns this season. "Torrey’s done a really nice job for the Ravens," Caserio said. "He was an explosive down field player at Maryland; a real productive player. He’s got good size, great kid, [and] great makeup. He’s come in and has done a nice job and he’s given their offense a different dimension. I would say he’s probably their best down field threat."

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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