Just a blurb from Cafardo . . . Patriots vice president of player personnel Scott Pioli's name is popping up as a possible replacement for Giants general manager Ernie Accorsi, who may retire in the next year, even though Pioli signed a long-term deal with the Patriots last season. Said one AFC official, ''He's the name heard most often. I know it was out there for a while last year, but it's being mentioned again." Hopefully just the fact that his name is being mentioned again is no indication of reality, just wishful thinking (on their part).