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The under-under-undercard: Caserio vs. Tannenbaum?

Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum is seen before a

Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum is seen before a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field. Photo Credit: Getty Images, 2010

Bill Belichick said he’s quicker than Rex Ryan but would have to yield to Rex’s power and strength. Who better to tell if that’s true than someone who sizes players up for a living. Like, say, Patriots director of player personnel Nick Caserio.

“I’d say that’s pretty accurate,” Caserio said, wisely siding with Belichik’s assessment. “I don’t think anybody wants to see those two race or line up against one on another on the field. It might take a long time.”

After a few yuks, Caserio then went back to speaking Patriots language. Somewhat.

“The most important thing is how our players prepare,” he said. “Each coach will prepare his team. In the end, the players are the ones that are out there on the field on Sunday, and they’re the ones that are going to be making the plays. Maybe on the side we can see how Rex and Bill would do, maybe at halftime. Maybe that can be a good halftime show or something like that.”

Caserio was then asked if he would race Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum, his counterpart in New York.

“Sure, if Mike’s up for it,” he said. “I’d be more than happy to. Hopefully, I don’t embarrass myself.”

Maybe they should have a punt-catching competition. Now THAT would be funny!

(By the way, Pats linebackers coach Matt Patricia was asked who he would match up against in this rumble the two teams seem to be preparing for. He said his specialty isn't confrontation. "I can probably stand outside the longest in shorts," he said. "I think I could take that one. The rest of that, I think I would have an issue with.")


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