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Dante Scarnecchia calls Von Miller “an extraordinary talent”


The NFL career of recently retired Patriots assistant head coach/offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia spanned more than three decades, the bulk of which were spent coaching linemen to turn back the pass rush.

In an interview with the Boston Herald for a feature published Sunday, Scarnecchia listed three defenders — all top pass rushers — as especially disruptive forces.

“Thirty-two years, it transcends a lot of great players, from Mark Gastineau, when he was at his best, to Lawrence Taylor, when he was at his best,” Scarnecchia told the Herald‘s Karen Guregian. “All the way going forward to Von Miller. He’s an extraordinary talent. I could name a whole litany of these guys. If I had time, I could think of another 20 of them.”

Gastineau held the all-time single-season sack record before Michael Strahan broke it in 2001. Taylor was a 10-time Pro Bowler and a first-ballot Hall of Famer.

Miller notched a combined 30 sacks in his first two NFL seasons. However, his 2013 campaign was shortened by a suspension and ended by a ACL tear on December 22.

Miller is only 24 years old, which raises hope of what he could become if he returns to health. Taylor posted a career-high 20.5 sacks in 1986 at age 27, while Gastineau turned 28 during his 22-sack tour de force in 1984. Miller, meanwhile, notched 18.5 sacks at the young age of 23 in 2012.

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12 Responses to “Dante Scarnecchia calls Von Miller “an extraordinary talent””
  1. walker615 says: Jan 26, 2014 2:08 PM

    I understand a lot of the derision that has come his way over the past year- he needs to grow up fast. His freakish talent is being forgotten far too quickly, though- the guy is the most gifted edge rusher since Derrick Thomas.

  2. elwaysagenius says: Jan 26, 2014 2:09 PM

    If he keeps his head on straight he could be one of the greats

  3. ctg4 says: Jan 26, 2014 2:12 PM

    Gastineau still holds the single season sack record, we don’t recognize the sham record of the overrated Strahan.

  4. gosuck1 says: Jan 26, 2014 2:28 PM

    “if he returns to health” and doesn’t get caught, AGAIN, trying to buy off someone for a clean urine sample…..

  5. itsunclepauley says: Jan 26, 2014 3:11 PM

    yes, Michael Strahan “broke” that record, all right.

    It’s not a sack when the quarterback gives himself up.

  6. thegreatgabbert says: Jan 26, 2014 3:33 PM

    Von is flying around like a head chicken with his drugs cut off.

  7. humb0lt says: Jan 26, 2014 4:22 PM

    Interesting that these extreme sack machines, Taylor and Gastineau, are felons and Von Miller seems headed in that direction.

  8. dennis2488 says: Jan 26, 2014 4:56 PM

    If Dante scarnecchia says he’s great then he’s probably great.

  9. ravenswhat says: Jan 26, 2014 5:17 PM

    He’s def Taylor like if you know what I mean.

  10. broncostevenp says: Jan 26, 2014 8:20 PM

    This is a Bronco fan saying this, he is the most over rated player in the nfl. Our run defense is 10 times better without him taking chances and being out of position.

  11. joetoronto says: Jan 27, 2014 4:41 AM

    ctg4 says:
    Jan 26, 2014 2:12 PM
    Gastineau still holds the single season sack record, we don’t recognize the sham record of the overrated Strahan.
    You can compare them as pass rushers, but that’s it.

    I’ve never been a Giants or Jets fan, but Strahan was so much better than Gastineau, that they really shouldn’t even be compared.

  12. deacon85 says: Jan 27, 2014 7:40 PM

    As much as I loathe the Jets and Gastineau, the people saying Strahan’s record is not legitimate are correct. I remember watching Favre take a dive, and I don’t think he really even denied it. You can even see the play on Youtube. Favre just gives himself up. So the record should still belong to Gastineau.

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