Report/opinion/report: Nick Caserio wants out of New England

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Over the past couple of days, we’ve heard from plenty of people (including Ben Volin himself) regarding Volin’s report that Patriots director of player personnel Nick Caserio wants out of New England.

Volin, in response to fan and media reaction to the claim that Caserio is ready to leave the Patriots, characterized the article as an opinion, not a report. We didn’t change our item on the subject, because the headline and the body of the story at the Boston Globe website made it clear that this was something much stronger than one person’s opinion.

Apparently, it was.

Appearing on WEEI in Boston on Wednesday, Volin explained that his contention that Caserio wants out is a report, not an opinion.

“[Y]es, sure, it’s a report. It’s analysis,” Volin said. “We do this all the time. As you guys mentioned, if it was a positive story, no one would care.”

Because the story was negative, the reaction was strong in some circles.

“In this case of Nick Caserio, the facts speak for themselves,” Volin said. “If he didn’t want to go to Houston, the Patriots would not have had to jump through all those hoops, file tampering charges, enforce his contract. It’s very clear that Nick Caserio wanted this job and would have taken this job if it were allowed to him. And then on top of it, look, I’ve been reporting on this team for six-and-a-half years. It’s not like I walked into this situation in a vacuum. I know stuff, I talk to people. You mentioned it earlier, I broke the Jack Easterby [leaving the team] story earlier this offseason. I know people want to pretend like I’m hated in Foxboro and no one talks to me, but unfortunately that’s not the case. I do have some inside knowledge on the situation.”

Volin’s logic is accurate. Indeed, on many occasions when a team denies permission to another team to interview an executive and the issue ends at that point, it happens because the executive doesn’t want to leave but that the executive doesn’t want to develop a reputation for rejecting opportunities. Caserio clearly wasn’t rejecting his latest opportunity, forcing the Patriots to mobilize in order to keep him in place.

None of this means that Caserio destined to leave. With his contract expiring after the 2020 draft, Caserio still could strike a deal to remain in New England. In theory. Regardless, Volin was right about Caserio wanting out. Volin’s only mistake was to backtrack in the face of the inevitable blowback.

27 responses to “Report/opinion/report: Nick Caserio wants out of New England

  1. It is difficult to imagine the Patriots will benefit for the balance of his contract if he wanted out. Forcing him to stay automatically results in the team wondering about all, or certainly, many of his decisions or valuations. In the human race I have learned about over many years, it can’t be otherwise. Folks are folks, people are people and execs can’t escape being one of such folks or people.

  2. It seems the best path for the Patriots would have been to seek compensation after he left for the apparent violation(s) of league rules. You know, high draft pick(s) of the Texans. But, don’t mess with punishing former employee.

  3. If Caserio wants to go to a disappointing, underachieving team because he’s tired of winning and wants to get paid more, the Patriots should let him go. However, I’m sure Belichick will try to get a draft pick out of this. It’s the best thing he can do.

  4. redlikethepig says:
    June 19, 2019 at 2:42 pm
    The best way to turn a good employee into a bad one is to block his promotion.

    I agree with you, however in this case the move would have been a lateral one for Caserio. However there is likely more room for Caserio to move up with the Texans than with the patriots, as long a Belichick is there.

  5. So, still no mention of the fact Caserio has said numerous times (most recently in Feb of this year…) that he is happy with the Pats but as a 40 something family man and father of 3? small children he feels a responsibility to maximize his earning potential while he can.

    In the end this is no different than how the Pats deal with players: You are under contract, when said contract expires you can test the open market and see what your value is. Then the Pats can try to match or exceed (no salary cap for the front office) or you can move on, as many have, with no hard feelings

  6. Volin is taking facts and extrapolating. He admits that he’s concluding from the tampering charge that Caserio must have wanted the job. Maybe he’s right, but it’s still opinion, not fact about what’s in Caserio’s mind. Notice he contends later “I know stuff. I talk to people.” I won’t go into how lame that sounds, especially for somebody who writes for a living, because the real point is that he says he talks to “people,” he doesn’t claim that anybody with actual knowledge of Caserio’s thoughts spoke to him.

    It’s the silly season, so I get that speculation about anything and everything is the name of the game until training camp. But I hope Volin doesn’t expect that readers just buy blindly into whatever he’s selling. We’ll just wait for, you know, actual facts.

  7. if you sling enough stuff on the wall you never know what might stick. The Ben Volin school of journalism.

  8. I’ve been here for six years and know people is Ben Volin’s way of saying he has no sources.

    Drawing a conclusion and calling it anything other than opinion is nonsense.

  9. Volin explained that his contention that Caserio wants out is a report, not an opinion.

    “[Y]es, sure, it’s a report. It’s analysis,” Volin said.”

    He’s playing with terms. A report means somebody told you something. Nothing more. A report doesn’t have to be analysis (and usually isn’t) and if the writer himself did the analyzing that means the analysis is not a report. And Analysis is a form of opinion. An educated opinion but still an opinion.

  10. I’ve been following the Patriots for quite some time and have come to know that Volin is a spitball specialist. So aside from the journalistic fiction he writes we only know that the Texans requested to speak to Caserio, Pats filed a tampering grievance with the league, Texans withdrew their request.

    Anything else is speculation or click bait.
    Just Saying

  11. “I know people want to pretend like I’m hated in Foxboro and no one talks to me, but unfortunately that’s not the case.”

    Boy oh boy he’s got some big blinders on doesn’t he?

  12. Who to believe?
    The writer who actually goes into the building and asks people questions, or the anonymous people on the internet who know more than anyone else?

  13. Bill is the GM in NE.

    Caserio naturally wants a GM opportunity, and it can’t happen in NE as long as Bill is the coach.

    I don’t think this needs to be a bad blood type of situation. Work until your contract ends, then look for a GM gig.

  14. Volin touts he broke the Easterby story. Wonder if he would like me to tabulate the number of times he was wrong. Not sure I have the time. He’s no Borges yet, but he’s getting there. He should go work somewhere he wants to be.

  15. The Texans discussed compensation with the Patriots but declined to meet the Pats demands. If the plan is to wait til Caserio’s contract ends to sign him, then that would mean putting the team in limbo for a year over a draft pick. That makes no sense—draft picks are highly overrated. Kraft got Belichick for a first rounder and said that is the best deal that he ever made.

  16. What does the team have to do? Plan a Nick Caserio Day in Boston? I get why people want to leave successful teams. Because they remain anonymous in spite of all the fanfare that goes to Brady and Belichick. Teams need to find a way to publicize their staff contributions or else they’ll all be chomping at the bit to be GM in Houston or Cleveland.

  17. Eagles deny the jets an interview with their QB coach to become their OC (big promotion) where are all the haters at?? I love it when the Patriots haters whine… It’s not fair momma.. It’s not fair.

  18. When. When. When. When. When. When. When. When. When. When. When. When. When. When. When. When. When. When. When. When.

    How much is the when worth in U. S. DOLLARS?

  19. Why is it that whenever someone wants out of NE, the fans feel the need to brag about the success of the team? This is a business, execs want money just as the players do. People work to provide a good life for their families. If the guy wants to go to Houston for more money, they should let him go and be done with it. I think they are more afraid of his talent scouts wanting to follow him than anything else. NE will not stay on top forever regardless of the loyal fan base, that’s the way of the world. The Brady & Bill era has been a helluva ride, but it’s on the downside, it’s not exactly trending up as age catches up with Brady and the protection slowly deteriorates around him. You can’t blame a guy for wanting to move on and make more money elsewhere at this point. And a team should not prevent any kind of promotion regardless. That’s not how it works in the real world, the same rules should apply to the NFL. And for those saying this move would be lateral, that’s absurd. Bill calls ALL the shots in NE, not Cesario. It’s not even a question, it’s well known.

  20. Volin’s logic that Volin wants out and wanted the Houston job doesn’t necessarily follow. He could be right that Caserio wanted the Houston job or it could be that he wanted to at least be free to interview and explore the option. I’ve interviewed for several jobs during my 20+ years at this one. It’s due diligence that anyone in any career wants the freedom to do. Caserio happens to have signed a contract that doesn’t allow it. Wanting to explore options doesn’t mean you want out of your current job.

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