The moves come in the wake of some defensive struggles the team had in the 2007 playoffs. The addition of Capers -- a former defensive coordinator and two-time head coach -- bolsters the Patriots coaching staff significantly.
The official moves are:
Capers: Special assistant /secondary coach -- a new hire.
Caserio: Director of Player Personnel -- moved from receivers coach
O'Brien: Wide Receivers coach -- moved from coaching assistant
Collier: former secondary coach -- released
Here are some comments released by the team on the moves.
Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick on Dom Capers:
I have known Dom for a long time and respect him tremendously as a coach, particularly defensively. To add a coach of his caliber is an outstanding opportunity for us. I look forward to getting to work with Dom and Dean [Pees] immediately.
Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick on Bill OBrien:
In his first year, Bill made a very positive impact on our offensive staff. We are excited about him building on his experience in the system as he moves into his new role.
Vice President of Player Personnel Scott Pioli on Nick Caserio:
Nick has exemplified versatility and loyalty to this organization. We are happy to welcome him back to the personnel department where we will benefit from his great understanding of our program.