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It's going to be a rebuilding year for the Patriots, but not necessarily on the players' side of things, as today's *Boston Globe *points out. It has a feature on the status of New England's coaching staff in the wake of some recent departures.

Meanwhile, with former player personnel VP Scott Piolioff to Kansas City, his old position here in New England still needs to be filled. But the *Boston Herald *continues to cite in-house talent evaluator Nick Caserioas the likely replacement.

Elsewhere in the NFL, the winless Detroit Lions have hired a former Bill Belichickscout in Cleveland to be their new head coach.

Back here in Foxborough, [Jerod Mayohas won Defensive Rookie of the Year ... again ](http://www.profootballweekly.com/PFW/Features/NFL Features/2008/awarddefrook.htm)... as another group of football writers has honored him with the award.

And with the Conference Championships being held this weekend, the Pittsburgh Steelers are comparing their rivalry with the Baltimore Ravens, whom they'll host on Sunday, with their rivalry with the Patriots.

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