Patriots put front-office pieces together

Floyd Reese struggled to land a general manager job, but he was good enough for the Patriots to hire as senior football advisor.

Anytime New England signs or hires anybody, it seems to validate that person, as if other teams should have been willing to make the move the Patriots did.

The latest is with Reese, the former executive vice president/general manager of the Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans.

The Patriots also announced that director of player personnel Nick Caserio will manage the daily operations of the personnel department, continuing to work closely with Patriots head coach Bill Belichick on all personnel matters.

These are the men who will be counted on to help replace vice president of player personnel Scott Pioli, who took the Chiefs’ general manager job.

“Floyd and I go back a long way, practically to the beginning for both of us,” Belichick said. “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.”

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