Former Patriots executive gives insight into Ernie Adams' role with organization

Ryan Hannable
April 10, 2020 - 11:47 am

Anyone who has followed the Patriots over the years knows Ernie Adams is incredibly important to the overall success.

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But, no one really knows his exact role. Officially, he is listed as the Patriots' director of football research

Appearing on Tom E. Curran's Patriots Talk podcast, former Patriots executive Scott Pioli gave some insight into what he does.

“He would identify a lot of things," Pioli said. “I’m not going to get into — that’s part of the Patriots thing, you’ve got cone of silence.”

Pioli did eventually give something.

“I will say this: Ernie did a lot and does a lot, and he does it as well as anybody that I’ve ever been around," he said. "He’s involved in game-planning, he’s involved in personnel. He looks at things from a different perspective where he doesn’t sit in meeting rooms with individual players where he’ll end up getting distracted by certain emotional components and relationships with players. He looks at things with a very clean way."

Pioli added: “He’s a very smart guy. Everyone knows how smart and how brilliant he is, but he’s also an incredible human being and he’s very intuitive. He sees a lot of things. People make him out to be this spy-like thing. He just sees things that are just normal human behaviors and he just has a great mind. He contributes a lot to that organization.”

He currently does some work for CBS, but was with the Patriots from 2000-08 working in player personnel. 

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