By Ty Anderson, 985TheSportsHub.com
Patriots director of player personnel Nick Caserio held court with the media on Saturday morning.
Hearing from Caserio in the summer time is relatively rare, all things considered, especially on the third day of training camp. It had the potential to be a goody, and answer some of the bigger questions lingering over the Patriots entering the 2019 NFL season. But from the jump, Caserio made it abundantly clear — and did so again and again — that he had no interest in answering any questions regarding the Houston Texans’ failed pursuit of him as their general manager earlier this summer.
“Yeah, look, I’d say I’m pretty honored and privileged to be in the position I’m in, to work for this organization [in New England],” Caserio said when asked about how the situation with the Texans unfolded. “I’m thankful for the opportunity that I have each day to come to work and come into this building. We’ve got a lot of great people. I’m fortunate and honored to work with Bill [Belichick] on a day-to-day basis and a lot of other people in this organization.
“My job is really just to serve the people that are in this building and we’ve got a lot of great people. My focus is in trying to do the best that I can every day and be the best version of myself for this team and this organization and that’s what the focus is.”
Caserio was then asked if the fact that the Patriots have essentially blocked him from that job bothers him or makes it difficult to perform his current job with New England. But Caserio wouldn’t take the bait.
“I love being here, and right now we’re focused on trying to get the team ready for this season,” Caserio offered. “I’m happy to be here and I love what I do on a day-to-day basis.”
Caserio also had no interest in a simple question from NBC Sports Boston’s Tom E. Curran: Was he bothered by the fact he couldn’t even sit down with the Texans?
“Right now, Tom, my focus is on this football team and that’s where it’s always going to be,” said Caserio.
The 43-year-old wouldn’t even take the cheese on a hypothetical wondering if he’d someday like to be a general manager.
“I’m not really focused on the hypotheticals,” Caserio, who has been with the Patriots since 2001, said. “I’m focused on today, and honestly I’m focused on trying to be the best version of myself each and every day. Honestly, it’s more important for me – I mean, you guys see me after practice – to try and be the best husband, the best father to my kids. I get more joy out of that than anything else. Ultimately, that’s going to matter more than anything else. I’m blessed to be here. I enjoy every day.
“Each day is a new opportunity to try and improve and get better, and that’s what I’m focused on trying to do.”
Caserio’s contract with the Patriots, for what it’s worth, reportedly expires at the conclusion of the 2019 season.