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Oct 25, 2020; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick watches from the sideline as they take on the San Francisco 49ers in the second half at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

By Alex Barth, 985TheSportsHub.com

After 20 years in the Patriots organization, Nick Caserio is now officially onto his next step. On Friday, the Houston Texans held a press conference introducing Caserio as the team’s new general manager, a move that was announced earlier in the week.

Before the press conference began, the Patriots shared a statement from Bill Belichick regarding Caserio. Caserio was Belichick’s second-in-command in the Patriots’ front office for the last 12 years. The statement reads:

“Nick Caserio is one of the hardest working, dependable and team-oriented people I have worked with and his ability to handle a wide array of responsibilities is unique. Nick’s contributions came on a daily basis and ultimately led to years of success and six championships, for which I am very appreciative. He did an excellent job for us and is extremely deserving of the opportunity to be a general manager.”

Caserio spoke about Belichick as well, saying that his former boss “provided incredible guidance as well as the opportunity to continually grow, serve and truly learn what it takes to be great on a day in and day out basis. For that, I’m eternally grateful and thankful.”

Now that the introductions are underway, Caserio will need just about every lesson he learned from Belichick to guide the Texans out of the hole they’re in. The team is coming off a 4-12 season, has no coach, a disgruntled quarterback and star defensive player, and no first or second-round picks in the upcoming draft.

Could he turn to his former boss for help, in terms of a trade? In terms of alleviating one of those problems, Patriots fans seem to think so.

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Alex Barth is a writer and digital producer for 985TheSportsHub.com. Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Thoughts? Comments? Questions? Looking for a podcast guest? Let him know on Twitter @RealAlexBarth or via email at Alexander.Barth@bbgi.com.