FOXBORO, Mass. - New England Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick announced his intentions to restructure the team's player personnel department today, which subsequently resulted in the release of the team's Vice President of Player Personnel, Bobby Grier, and national scout, Dave Uyrus.
"This is an unpleasant thing for me to do," said Patriots coach Bill Belichick. "I recognize that Bobby Grier has made significant contributions to the New England Patriots over many years, in various capacities, as has Dave Uyrus. I enjoyed a good working relationship with Bobby in preparation for the recent draft, as I did in 1996. This decision is unrelated to any specific event, performance or personal relationship. It is more a reflection of my general feeling to proceed in a new direction with regard to the structure and operation of our personnel department."