Where exactly did you hear that? It was my impression that he would find the right guy, regardless of his affiliation to that person, like he did with Dimitroff in Atlanta.
they've known each other a long time.
Early in his career as an NFL scout, he turned up at the combine in Indianapolis with hair much longer than he wears it now. Former New York Giants general manager Ernie Accorsi, a longtime family friend, pretended he didn't recognize Dimitroff.
"I'm sitting in the stands and he comes up to me and says, 'Hi, Mr. Accorsi?' I said, 'Who are you?'" Accorsi recalled, chuckling at the memory. "I knew who he was, but I made him say, 'I'm Thomas Dimitroff Jr.' I told him, 'Cut your hair. Your dad wouldn't be too crazy about this.' So the next year, when he came up to me at the combine, he had cut his hair. Not a lot, but I told him that he looked OK."
Accorsi was actually the one who recommended Dimitroff when Atlanta owner Arthur Blank went looking for a new GM after the miserable 2007 season.
dimitroff's dad was a scout for the browns when accorsi was the GM. accorsi was also the one who hired belichek in cleveland and from what i've heard they've always stayed in contact with each other so accorsi was familiar with what dimitroff had been doing with the pats.
i've also heard from other places that accorsi would rather recommend someone that he knows and is familiar with. most likely would be someone he works with, but i think it's important that he knows first hand who it is and what they've done.
personally, i respect that and fortunately, as long as he's been in the league and as big as his circle of influence is in the league, it's not like it's a pretty small circle.
i have read several things that have said as much and i think some of it has been posted in here but i'm too lazy to find it.