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Patriots hire Reese

By Marla Ridenour Published: January 27, 2009

Those not entirely on board with Browns owner Randy Lerner's hiring of coach Eric Mangini and general manager George Kokinis might again cite the New England Patriots' model.

On Tuesday, the Patriots hired former Tennessee Titans general manager Floyd Reese as a senior football advisor. Reese's various assignments will include contract work, the Patriots' press release said.

After losing vice president of player personnel Scott Pioli to the Kansas City Chiefs, the Patriots promoted Nick Caserio to director of player personnel. He will manage daily operations and work closely with coach Bill Belichick on personnel.

But because Caserio (a Lyndhurst native and former John Carroll University quarterback) is young and inexperienced, New England elected to bring in Reese, who will enter his 32nd year in the NFL.

Reese served as Titans general manager for 13 seasons (1994-2006) and assistant GM for four more (1990-93). He also worked as an assistant coach for Detroit (1975-77), San Francisco (1978), Minnesota (1979-85) and the Houston Oilers (1986-89).

“Floyd and I go back a long way, practically to the beginning for both of us,” Belichick said in a statement. ''In Nick and Floyd, we have two outstanding men who each bring a wealth of knowledge and flexibility to this organization.''

Last season Reese openly campaigned for general manager positions in Cleveland and Detroit, expressing interested in a job with the Browns before Phil Savage was fired.

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