That last post? Forget it. The Browns have received permission from the Patriots to interview Scott Pioli. Just to clue everyone in on Pioli, he's the 43-year-old vice president of player personnel for the New England Patriots. That basically means he, along with head coach Bill Belichick, make all the personnel moves for the Patriots.
He's had that job since 2002. Prior to that, he held less significant personnel jobs with the Patriots. He got his big break in the NFL in 1992. It was then, while he was coaching the Browns, that Belichick hired Pioli as a pro personnel assistant.
Pioli won the NFL Executive of the Year Award from Pro Football Weekly in 2003 and 2007. In 2004, he won the same award from the NFL Players Association, the San Francisco Chronicle, Sporting News, Sports Illustrated and USA Today.
Coincidentally, Pioli is the son-in-law of Bill Parcells, another target of the Browns.
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