Belichick doesn't fire off too many candid responses, which made it stunning almost five years ago (January 2010) when he ripped Casserly for reporting on CBS that Tom Brady was playing with three broken ribs.
"Who's been wrong more than Charley Casserly since he left the Redskins? His percentage is like a meteorologist," Belichick said during his weekly spot on WEEI radio. "He has no relationship to this team. I'd say less than zero. Based on what? He's never at a practice, never at a game. ... At least he put his name on it, which is more than a lot of guys. But, like he usually is, he was 100 percent wrong."
The New York Jets are interested in Casserly for his knowledge of the NFL, not his reporting skills. He will be hired as a Jets consultant if owner Woody Johnson decides to fire general manager John Idzik or coach Rex Ryan. Casserly won't have a say in the Idzik and Ryan evaluations, according to sources, but he will have input into potential GM and head-coaching searches.
What does Casserly think of the Jets? In an October interview with CBS Radio, he was asked to assess blame for the Jets' season. He seemed to point the finger at Idzik.
"I would say, having been in an organization, it's hard to know from the outside-in who's making the final decision on things," he said. "For example, they took two corners in the first round. One is hurt [Dee Milliner], and the other one, [Kyle] Wilson, hasn't panned out. So how much of that was the coaching staff? How much of that was the scouting staff? Who made the final decision? Those are the things you're going to have to figure out -- and that's the owner's job to figure that out."
Casserly added, "This year, they did not take a corner [in the first round] -- and they were in desperate need of a corner. Cincinnati took Darqueze Dennard from Michigan State [24th overall], who was rated about in the middle of the first round. Now, he's not playing for them because they have a lot of other corners, but they do like him there.
"Not addressing the cornerback position was huge because [of] two things: One, any time you talk to Rex Ryan, he says, 'Give me corners. That's what I need is corners.' When you watch their defense, they've never had a legitimate outside pass-rusher you have to game-plan against. But by having good corners, Rex is as good as anybody in the league at designing blitzes to get people free.
"So that's an example of the front office not getting what the coach needs. From the outside-in, that's the obvious one we look at there. It's a legitimate question because clearly there's not enough talent around that football team to compete. I thought Rex should have been the coach of the year at 8-8 last year."