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The forgotten Patriots Coach


(121717 Pittsburgh, PA) Offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia on the sideline during the first quarter of the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field on Sunday, December 17, 2017.Staff Photo by Nancy Lane

A lot of talk this offseason surrounded the New England Patriots pulling Josh McDaniels away from the altar of the Indianapolis Colts at the 11th hour and what that means for the future of both him and Bill Belichick. On top of that add in the departure of defensive coordinator Matt Patrica to the Detriot Lions which dominated headlines. The one forgotten man with questions surrounding him on this coaching staff is Offensive Line Coach Dante Scarnecchia.

Scarnecchia turned 70-years old back in February, this will be his 47th year coaching in college or the NFL his 32nd with the Patriots. He retired following the 2013-14 NFL season and spent two years away from football before returning for the 2016-17 season. So my question regarding this Patriots icon is how much time does he have left?

I personally believe this is Bill Belichick’s last year if you factor in the drama between him and Owner, Robert Kraft and QB Tom Brady. Also the fact he was forced to trade Quarterback, Jimmy Garoppolo, plus McDaniels being brought back destroyed his image and many people around the Patriots say McDaniels has every intention of being a Head Coach next year. I wonder if Scar is a package deal with Belichick and if this is Bill’s last year is it Scar’s? Time will tell but it’s something to keep an eye on.

We all know the difference he makes in constructing and developing the offensive line and keeping Tom Brady upright as much as possible. Shaq Mason, Marcus Cannon, David Andrews and Joe Thuney are all living breathing proof of the impact Scar has on the Patriots offensive line. He will play an integral role this season in developing the next blindside for TB12 after the departure of Nate Solder via free agency. Trent Brown is the man ticketed to take over, but Scar will have to refine his raw ability and potential as a rookie and get him ready to compete against the best of the best pass rushers this league has to offer.

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