In New England, you know your days are numbered if they slap you with the franchise tag.

On four occasions in the Bill Belichick era, the Patriots have used the franchise tag.



New Patriots special teams coach Scott O’Brien apparently didn’t need a reference in Foxborough, but Todd Sauerbrun would have been happy to provide him with one.



In no particular order, here are 10 things we learned in last night’s Super Bowl XLIII, a 27-23 win for Pittsburgh over Arizona:

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It was the sort of choice NFL personnel guys dream about.

With the 13th pick in the 2003 NFL Draft, the Patriots were looking at plenty of options.



In an offseason that’s seen plenty of turnover in Foxborough, the Patriots continued to make moves on Tuesday, bringing in veteran personnel man Floyd Reese as senior football advisor and announcing Nick Caserio will manage the





The first time Bill Belichick met Nick Caserio, it was at a pre-draft workout at the Cleveland Browns' facility in the spring of 1998.



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While Bill O’Brien will be listed as the Patriots’ quarterbacks coach this season, it’s likely he will have a sizable impact on the rest of the New England offense as well.



Tiger Woods has Butch Harmon. Tom Brady has Tom Martinez.