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Report: Patriots fire offensive line coach

FOXBORO, MA - OCTOBER 05:  Dave DeGuglielmo, Offensive Line Coach of the New England Patriots, looks on before a game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Gillette Stadium on October 5, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Patriots have fired offensive line coach Dave DeGuglielmo, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported Monday.

DeGuglielmo joined the Patriots in 2014 following the retirement of longtime Patriots coach Dante Scarnecchia. DeGuglielmo had previously coached with the Dolphins, Giants and Jets.

The Patriots had to shuffle personnel on their offensive line all season due to injuries. The line had played well before Sunday’s AFC Championship Game, when the Broncos sacked Tom Brady four times and recorded 20 quarterback hits, the most by any team in a game this season.

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  1. bleedingfacemask says: Jan 25, 2016 7:31 PM

    Well. That escalated quickly…

  2. kbenbow says: Jan 25, 2016 7:33 PM

    Brady had him fired, Lebron Style.

  3. miklib says: Jan 25, 2016 7:34 PM

    No, The line hasn’t played well at all in well over a month.

  4. Panda Claus says: Jan 25, 2016 7:34 PM

    It didn’t take long for Belichick and Brady to find their fall guy.

  5. kaeprulestheworld says: Jan 25, 2016 7:35 PM

    Let me get this straight, Brady being sacked 4 times and hit 23 times was the o-line coach’s fault? Wow

  6. bmorepositive123 says: Jan 25, 2016 7:36 PM

    they only fired him so they could sign him to play tackle

  7. greenbaychicksarefat says: Jan 25, 2016 7:37 PM

    Belichick taking a page out of McCarthys book; throw your assistants under the bus even though you’re the one who’s decisions lost the game. Typical…

  8. killxswitch says: Jan 25, 2016 7:37 PM

    Lame. There were so many injuries to key OL. No reason to blame it on the coach. Pretty low move.

  9. spillertime21 says: Jan 25, 2016 7:38 PM

    He must have done a bad job recording Denver’s practice during the week

  10. captainwhodat says: Jan 25, 2016 7:39 PM

    well, somebody had to take the blame…guess BB is not a hands-on coach…

  11. wannabeqb says: Jan 25, 2016 7:39 PM

    It’s been poor for two years. He replaced a legend but it just wasn’t good enough.

  12. latenightroach says: Jan 25, 2016 7:39 PM

    Just think if Tommy Boy got flagged for intentional grounding like he should have at least three times…The world would have ended.

  13. bigbenh8tr says: Jan 25, 2016 7:40 PM

    Hah Pats pointing fingers. End of the dynasty

  14. jcmeyer10 says: Jan 25, 2016 7:40 PM

    That’s tough. They had 5 starting left tackles last season, and like 30+ different lineups at OL. That being said, that was a terrible performance after what happened against the Chiefs.

    What have you done for me lately, and lately, he almost got the quarterback murdered, so not really surprised.

  15. redrew says: Jan 25, 2016 7:43 PM

    The O line was so bad, New England completely abandoned the run mid season and failed miserably at their one exclusive task, pass blocking. And solid players like Vollmer regressed dramatically under this retread.

  16. hippieway says: Jan 25, 2016 7:46 PM

    Somebody had to go, just to prove it wasn’t Bill or Josh’s fault

  17. plum54 says: Jan 25, 2016 7:46 PM

    About time! Should have done it sooner!

  18. spammerscrammer says: Jan 25, 2016 7:47 PM

    Not sure what to make of this firing.
    Last year the the SuperBowl run got rolling when the offensive line finally came together in the Cincinnati game.
    Up to that point everyone in New England wanted the guy fired and to bring back Scarnecchia out of retirement.
    This year it looked like the the offensive line was deeper and would be a team strength. Was not to be. The injuries just kept coming.
    I guess someone has to pay for the historic pounding that Brady took on Sunday. But I don’t think Scarnecchia or anyone else was going to be able to coach up Cannon enough to do an adequate job of blocking Von Miller.
    Well at least is obvious how the Pats will use their first round pick….oh wait…

  19. silverandblack052099 says: Jan 25, 2016 7:47 PM

    Fall guy!

  20. rodsrustytrombone says: Jan 25, 2016 7:47 PM

    We’re on to Dante Scharnechia

  21. skawh says: Jan 25, 2016 7:49 PM

    Pat’s will send him to work in the Kraft factory as a supervisor in the Swiss Cheese section!

    He’s not big on filling holes.

  22. tjacks7 says: Jan 25, 2016 7:49 PM

    The shocker here is that the Pats had an oline coach.

  23. warpigz says: Jan 25, 2016 7:49 PM

    Yeah, it was all his fault. LOL

  24. runtheball says: Jan 25, 2016 7:51 PM

    This diverts attention away from the fact that they have a junior high offense in which Brady reads the defense at the line and decides where he is throwing. If the defense plays press and the receiver gets jammed and Brady has to look elsewhere he panics.

  25. terrier92 says: Jan 25, 2016 7:51 PM

    It’s a performance based business trolls

  26. justintuckrule says: Jan 25, 2016 7:51 PM

    He can join the ball boys on the list of scape goats.

  27. shutyofacepunk says: Jan 25, 2016 7:53 PM

    I think he was Garapolo’s Uncle the way he coached these guys to block for Brady. The Pats O-line has been garbage all year.

  28. bigdaddy44 says: Jan 25, 2016 7:56 PM

    I have been saying for two years that the biggest loss on this Patriots team was the retirement of Dante Scarnecchia. He just might have been the greatest offensive line coach in NFL history. This man took more players who did not have what it takes, and transformed them into solid, versatile NFL lineman. Yes, like every team, they had some injuries, but Deguglielmo has had players going backwards this year. Never has Belichick had so little faith in his lineman, and deservedly so. It was reflected in the way Belichick coached ‘not to lose’, instead of coaching to win the latter part of this season. He was so afraid of getting Brady killed, he folded up the tents on offense several times, going completely against one of his fundamental tenets, which is playing a full 60 minutes of football. You could probably find a hundred quotes of BB preaching you play the game for 60 minutes. This 180 in philosophy was none more evident than the cowardly game plans against the Jets and Miami in weeks 16 and 17. With all that has happened this season, the offensive line situation was more responsible for the Patriots demise than any other area. That will change.

  29. bullseye717 says: Jan 25, 2016 7:58 PM

    Maybe his coach would look better if Brady doesn’t throw it 60 times.

  30. mmmcusa says: Jan 25, 2016 7:58 PM

    Who’s next, Stephen Gostkowski, I mean he did miss one extra point in like 5 years. What an amateurish move on the Patriots part. Actually the worst coaching in that game belonged to Belichick.

  31. marshallheartskungfumaster says: Jan 25, 2016 8:00 PM

    That line sure was offensive.. You got that right..

  32. PatsFanSince2002 says: Jan 25, 2016 8:03 PM

    Guess Brady and McDaniels don’t get any of the blame?

  33. bigbaldpapahawk says: Jan 25, 2016 8:03 PM

    If the OL coach did his job, Brady wouldn’t have thrown two picks that they could not recover from.

  34. ReligionIsForIdiots says: Jan 25, 2016 8:03 PM

    Yeah. blame the line coach, not the GM who signed and drafted all these busts.

  35. armchairqb says: Jan 25, 2016 8:03 PM

    Yeah, that’s fair. He was working with guys off the street. But hey, let’s get a scapegoat.

    #ThePatriotWay

  36. musicfootballprogramming says: Jan 25, 2016 8:08 PM

    Who’s next, Stephen Gostkowski, I mean he did miss one extra point in like 5 years. What an amateurish move on the Patriots part. Actually the worst coaching in that game belonged to Belichick.

    It is extraordinarily unusual for the Pats to fire an assistant. In fact I think this is a first that I can remember under Belichick. Based on results it looks like he deserved it, and yeah this is a case where I’ll trust that they know more than we do about what goes on the other 165 hours of a week that aren’t on TV.

  37. critterkiller33 says: Jan 25, 2016 8:08 PM

    Guess he wasn’t a dishonest person that cheats like a champ!

    He is better off!

  38. musicfootballprogramming says: Jan 25, 2016 8:08 PM

    Maybe his coach would look better if Brady doesn’t throw it 60 times.

    Maybe he’d look better if they could run block worth a damn.

  39. folkcrusader says: Jan 25, 2016 8:12 PM

    Someone had to go under the bus.

  40. fartsmella says: Jan 25, 2016 8:12 PM

    Belichick covered his ass for too long.

  41. draculalambert says: Jan 25, 2016 8:14 PM

    WOW!

  42. skawh says: Jan 25, 2016 8:14 PM

    Well, did we watch the same game? I could have sworn I saw 10 legitimate sacks if you count all the unflagged intentional grounding and several others

  43. catquick says: Jan 25, 2016 8:18 PM

    Yeah, it’s his fault. He had HOFers to work with.

  44. Al in MIA says: Jan 25, 2016 8:18 PM

    Rex Ryan will be calling him soon to join the dark side in Buffalo

  45. ajsjr40 says: Jan 25, 2016 8:18 PM

    This is not SOP for the Pats after big losses. There must have been an issue.

  46. mmack66 says: Jan 25, 2016 8:22 PM

    “DeGuglielmo had previously coached with the Dolphins, Giants and Jets.”
    ———————————

    That certainly explains a lot.

  47. patstipoftheiceberg says: Jan 25, 2016 8:24 PM

    I think the base of the iceberg was shown on national TV yesterday and Brady’s admission he couldn’t tell where the pressure is coming from……Doug Flutie knows

  48. mdmahoney88 says: Jan 25, 2016 8:25 PM

    When your O-line has a bad day of historic proportions like it did yesterday, allowing the most hits on a QB in a single game in the last 10 years, it’s expected that some heads were gonna roll.

    One could argue he never should’ve been hired in the first place. When he was with the Jets, Dolphins, and Giants, their O-lines were always ranked near the bottom league anyway. It’s perfectly reasonable to say that he’s just not that good at his job.

  49. mdmahoney88 says: Jan 25, 2016 8:27 PM

    When your O-line has a bad day of historic proportions like it did yesterday, allowing the most hits on a QB in a single game in the last 10 years, it’s expected that some heads were gonna roll.

    One could argue he never should’ve been hired in the first place. When he was with the Jets, Dolphins, and Giants, their O-lines were always ranked near the bottom of the league anyway. It’s perfectly reasonable to say that he’s just not that good at his job.

  50. deweygroup says: Jan 25, 2016 8:27 PM

    The only time the o line played well in the last 2 years is when Dante came back as a consultant last year after Brady was getting crushed the first quarter of the season. They need to coax him back out of retirement to at least continue being a consultant. Give the guy a $1,000,000 for working 20 hrs a week for 4 or months a year. The money is pocket change for an NFL team and does not affect the cap. He lives within 10 miles of the stadium, wouldn’ t have to travel, and make some good part time pay. The only issue is his wife would probably kill him.

  51. tonebones says: Jan 25, 2016 8:30 PM

    Maybe the O Line coach was the one that came up with the bright idea to move the extra point back.

  52. seahawkfanfrom1970s says: Jan 25, 2016 8:30 PM

    So the Pats need OL help, and so do we. Too bad they don’t have a first-round draft pick, while WE do!

    We win, and lose, with clear consciences!

  53. mullman76 says: Jan 25, 2016 8:31 PM

    Looks like they’ve found The Scapegoat.

    Classy, upstanding franchise these patriots.

  54. mmack66 says: Jan 25, 2016 8:32 PM

    kaeprulestheworld says:
    Jan 25, 2016 7:35 PM

    Let me get this straight, Brady being sacked 4 times and hit 23 times was the o-line coach’s fault? Wow
    —————————–

    What do they call that group of players that is between the quarterback and the defensive line, whose main job it is to protect the quarterback?

  55. arktikman says: Jan 25, 2016 8:32 PM

    I blame the Pats lack of due diligence when hiring this guy. I remember hearing about his Matador blocking scheme, which was then revamped to the Turnstile blocking scheme. That right there should have been a red flag.

    Shame on you HR Department!

    But seriously, you can’t overlook how Munchak has extended the career of Roethlisberger. That OL was a train wreck before he got there. A good OL coach is undervalued IMO.

    Also, I am sure that they wish they had Logan Mankins back after this performance.

  56. cowboy2016 says: Jan 25, 2016 8:34 PM

    Reactionary move by a fading dynasty.

  57. steelerfan63 says: Jan 25, 2016 8:35 PM

    I guess when you cant cheat anymore it’s very amusing how the whole organization looks average.

  58. rickeyallen577 says: Jan 25, 2016 8:36 PM

    Belichik failed to take two (2) crudically needed field goals at the time the defense had Manning in check. Yes the o line sucked, put so was the routes the receivers were sent on during a blitzing defense. Tom is the best he deserves better. He needs a running attack. Who wins without one every year. Nobody!!!!

  59. dog007dog says: Jan 25, 2016 8:38 PM

    My question is why didn’t they at least chip the DE’s with the TE or keep a running back in to block some?

  60. stealthjunk says: Jan 25, 2016 8:39 PM

    They should have just drilled him 23 times Terry Tate style in the locker room. He would have gotten the message and resigned.

  61. citizenstrange says: Jan 25, 2016 8:41 PM

    Everything’s cool in Patriotland as long as Jim “The Deflator” McNally and John Jastremski still have their jobs.

  62. wwwmattcom says: Jan 25, 2016 8:42 PM

    Same O line coach to win two bowls vs. the Patriots.

  63. motsuret06 says: Jan 25, 2016 8:42 PM

    People are tired of seeing the Patriots every year in the Super Bowl and they have had plenty of appearances and have won more than they lost. It is time for some other teams to have a chance. Firing the offensive line coach the day after the championship game is typical Belichick. No class at all. Remember when he cut Tiquan Underwood the day before the Super Bowl??? Bush league move on the part of the Patriots and Brady is not going to be around much longer.

  64. dbradley29 says: Jan 25, 2016 8:53 PM

    From being praised by BB last week to getting fired this week. Brutal

  65. rcali says: Jan 25, 2016 8:54 PM

    I’m guessing Mrs. Brady had something to do with this.

  66. patsfansincegrogan says: Jan 25, 2016 8:55 PM

    Lets hope Josh McDaniels is next! His play calling is horrible and Brady’s talent usually bails him out.
    I was hoping some team would sign McDaniels away, but looks like we are stuck with him after that stinker of a game.
    Maybe Bill’s plan is to demote Mcdaniels to O-line coach.

  67. igornathanhiggers says: Jan 25, 2016 8:55 PM

    I thought it was the Bronco’s fault that Brady got sacked four times and hit 20 times.

  68. fatboy1382 says: Jan 25, 2016 8:57 PM

    Well its easy to tell who the dumb trolls are . This O-line has gone downhill all year . When you can’t run the ball and your QB is getting killed someone is not doing their job and it falls under the coach who is responsible . Therefore you idiots keep your yap shut if you don’t understand something . The Saints had a terrible defence and fired their defencive coach , see how that works ? Lots of coaches got tossed this year including Coughlin , again , see how it works ?

  69. toldlikeitis says: Jan 25, 2016 8:57 PM

    The Pats piss poor drafting on the o-line caught up to them. Cannon sucks, fleming sucks, shaq mason sucks

  70. whatjusthapped says: Jan 25, 2016 8:59 PM

    Its not Belicheck, its Brady. The coach couldn’t figure out how to deflate footballs in a visiting stadium.

  71. mmack66 says: Jan 25, 2016 8:59 PM

    cowboy2016 says:
    Jan 25, 2016 8:34 PM

    Reactionary move by a fading dynasty.
    ————————

    Hmmm. Won the Super Bowl last year, and went down to the wire in the AFCCG this year.

    I wish my team would fade like that.

  72. leoskringlygirl says: Jan 25, 2016 9:00 PM

    There is nothing absolutely nothing average about the New England Patriots!!!! This organization has been the most successful for the last 15 years because of great coaching, discipline and hours of hours of practice and studying!! I am so sick of hearing other fan bases accuse the Pat’s of cheating!!! Why is it that you have to hate and tear down the successful?!?! If you hate, if you envy if your green eyed monster raises its ugly head you will never be successful!!! Thanks Patriots for a great season!!

  73. mmack66 says: Jan 25, 2016 9:00 PM

    citizenstrange says:
    Jan 25, 2016 8:41 PM

    Everything’s cool in Patriotland as long as Jim “The Deflator” McNally and John Jastremski still have their jobs.
    ————————-

    They do, so it is!

  74. dst62306 says: Jan 25, 2016 9:01 PM

    All of you calling this bush league are either clueless or to full of hate, the man was on the job for 2 years and the o-line has stunk for 2 years and the times it did look good it was because of Brady and his recievers.
    I don’t know about you but if I don’t do the job I was hired to do to the satisfaction of the person paying me I’m getting fired. Furthmore coaches get fired every year from all teams good or bad.

  75. patstipoftheiceberg says: Jan 25, 2016 9:01 PM

    So they hire this guy just to garner intelligence from the other teams……check

  76. justcallingit says: Jan 25, 2016 9:02 PM

    I guess you can’t cheat when not playing at home.

  77. rje49 says: Jan 25, 2016 9:02 PM

    Haven’t seen many intelligent comments here. Could it be, since the O-line has been a big weakness for several weeks, they want to give somebody else a try to improve things… since this guy couldn’t?

  78. flaccounibrow says: Jan 25, 2016 9:03 PM

    Billy boy is such a tool. The poor guy probably wasn’t fast enough relaying in stolen signals.

  79. patstipoftheiceberg says: Jan 25, 2016 9:03 PM

    leoskringlygirl says:
    Jan 25, 2016 9:00 PM
    There is nothing absolutely nothing average about the New England Patriots!!!! This organization has been the most successful for the last 15 years because of great coaching, discipline and hours of hours of practice and studying!! I am so sick of hearing other fan bases accuse the Pat’s of cheating!!! Why is it that you have to hate and tear down the successful?!?! If you hate, if you envy if your green eyed monster raises its ugly head you will never be successful!!! Thanks Patriots for a great season!!
    ———-

    Um they got punished twice for being caught and all the other warnings are written elsewhere…..take head out of ground

  80. metitometin says: Jan 25, 2016 9:03 PM

    This isn’t all on the OL coach. Pats were dealing with injuries all year on the OL, to Nate Solder and Bryan Stork and Sebastien Vollmer. I doubt any coach could have done a much better job. Brady was getting killed all year. He did what he could. He’s not Cam Newton.

  81. abninf says: Jan 25, 2016 9:05 PM

    56 pass plays and 17 running plays. The play caller needs to be fired.

  82. Pointy Williams says: Jan 25, 2016 9:06 PM

    They just don’t have the personnel up-front, and there’ll never be another Dante.

  83. jetfanfolife says: Jan 25, 2016 9:08 PM

    NEW ENGLAND DEFLATRIOTS!!!!

  84. gmangg65 says: Jan 25, 2016 9:09 PM

    I had no dog in this fight, but I too thought there were several intentional groundings or at least in the grasp calls that weren’t called that kept the Patriots in the game.

  85. Karnak says: Jan 25, 2016 9:09 PM

    runtheball says:
    Jan 25, 2016 7:51 PM

    This diverts attention away from the fact that they have a junior high offense in which Brady reads the defense at the line and decides where he is throwing. If the defense plays press and the receiver gets jammed and Brady has to look elsewhere he panics.

    _________________________________________

    The Patriots have a very complex passing game, and Brady makes up for deficiencies in the play of the line with his fast release, but the O-Line was getting beaten consistently by 3-4 rushers and did not make adjustments all year. This coach has had two years to prove himself and this year was one of the worst for QB hits in recent Patriots history. Be a troll if you want, but don’t be a stupid troll.

  86. cbr77 says: Jan 25, 2016 9:13 PM

    What were they supposed to let him hang around for a few weeks sothe trolls wouldnt get there panties in a twist? Do your job counts for the coaches too. Based their track record my guess is The O line will be a strength next year.

  87. 6superbowls says: Jan 25, 2016 9:15 PM

    Coach Genius at it again. Deflecting the real blame. Guess it was the o-line coach that passed up FGs for failed 4th down attempts?

    Belichick exposed. Can’t win when he ain’t cheatin.

  88. badbabyjane says: Jan 25, 2016 9:15 PM

    Of course the talent of Denver’s D line had nothing to do with it.

  89. mmack66 says: Jan 25, 2016 9:18 PM

    patstipoftheiceberg says:
    Jan 25, 2016 9:01 PM

    So they hire this guy just to garner intelligence from the other teams……check
    ——————————

    Intelligence? I guess you missed the part where it said that he used to work for the Dolphins, Giants, and Jets.

    That, and he was there last year.

  90. wallabear says: Jan 25, 2016 9:19 PM

    What about the O-Line players and “DO YOUR JOB!”

    What about Matt Patricia whose D allowed Big Bro Manning to score 20 points to begin/end with?

    Brady used to “bake cookies” sitting in the pocket, but against Denver, he barely got 3 seconds to even get the batter stirred lol

    Has anyone seen how Cam(eron) Newton just sits there, in the pocket, bakin’ cookies (waiting for a receiver to get open without feeling any pressure)? It’s astonishing how important an effective O-Line can be.

  91. jvw1982 says: Jan 25, 2016 9:19 PM

    The dynasty is dead, every man for himself at this point….the rats will be fleeing the sinking ship this off season…..the sound of the organization hitting the ground is sweet, they lost the last 4 or 6 ball games, when was the last time they did that?

  92. denrec says: Jan 25, 2016 9:20 PM

    Has another news source verified this report? Considering all the eggs laid by Rappafart I tend to take his word for nothing.
    He could of just been reporting a crank call…

  93. ragnarthegreat says: Jan 25, 2016 9:21 PM

    Logan mankins is an all pro and I am pretty sure releasing him wasn’t the o line coaches decision.

  94. hivelocityimpactsplatter says: Jan 25, 2016 9:21 PM

    The reign of cheating has been brought to an end. This year. I’m sure Bill’s on Amazon as I type this, ordering up all kinds of new cheating technology. His army of drones will simultaneously film every team’s practice, like the Dark Knight. Belichick’s thirst for an unfair advantage can not be quenched!

  95. limakey says: Jan 25, 2016 9:23 PM

    Brady was hit more times than any qb this season. I do not blame BB for this move.

  96. followme2boston says: Jan 25, 2016 9:24 PM

    the fact they were so one dimensional on offense is also to blame. If you throw the ball almost every down against a team with two bordering on hall of fame defensive ends it is going to be tough to be on the o line. total fall guy…

  97. raider777 says: Jan 25, 2016 9:25 PM

    Spygate all over again!

  98. bullcharger says: Jan 25, 2016 9:26 PM

    Belichick is doing his job. He’s obviously not going anywhere and doesn’t need a fall guy when they just won the Super Bowl last year and made it back to the AFC Championship the next year. The guy obviously isn’t good enough.

  99. patstipoftheiceberg says: Jan 25, 2016 9:29 PM

    Where is the praise now for that October article on genius oline interchangeability? No continuity = big fat L
    Scapegoat move

  100. bullcharger says: Jan 25, 2016 9:30 PM

    followme2boston says:
    Jan 25, 2016 9:24 PM
    the fact they were so one dimensional on offense is also to blame. If you throw the ball almost every down against a team with two bordering on hall of fame defensive ends it is going to be tough to be on the o line. total fall guy…

    —————————

    Come on…. The reason they are one dimensional is because of the offensive line. They can’t run block.

  101. tbisgod says: Jan 25, 2016 9:30 PM

    Somebody had to pay for that performance yesterday…SB was lost in those final games in NY and Miami. We would have won in New England.

  102. patstipoftheiceberg says: Jan 25, 2016 9:31 PM

    That sound you heard was BB in the loo for first time since September

  103. acehawk55 says: Jan 25, 2016 9:32 PM

    These are the type of decisions that ruin team chemistry. BB always needs to find scapegoats instead of finding solutions. If you are a player or coach in that organization, you have to be walking on egg shells knowing that the m0ment something goes wrong you’re gone.

  104. bullcharger says: Jan 25, 2016 9:33 PM

    ragnarthegreat says:
    Jan 25, 2016 9:21 PM
    Logan mankins is an all pro and I am pretty sure releasing him wasn’t the o line coaches decision.

    —————-

    They won a Super Bowl without Mankins. That was a fine decision. BB is gonna fire guys he can’t work with sometimes. That what good coaches do. It’s not about blame for him. Of course BB knows it’s ultimately his own fault.

  105. zigthepatsfan says: Jan 25, 2016 9:36 PM

    dog007dog says:
    Jan 25, 2016 8:38 PM
    My question is why didn’t they at least chip the DE’s with the TE or keep a running back in to block some?

    Yes that is on McDaniels and/or Bill, not the line coach. As was throwing the ball 60 times as Brady kept getting pummeled…He’s not being fired because of 1 game though.

  106. bullcharger says: Jan 25, 2016 9:36 PM

    patstipoftheiceberg says:
    Jan 25, 2016 9:29 PM
    Where is the praise now for that October article on genius oline interchangeability? No continuity = big fat L
    Scapegoat move

    ——–

    You know they made the AFC Championship right. Better than 28 teams. It wasn’t that bad.

    You fire guys when you could have a better person in that spot. He fired pepper johnson too. They still kept winning. That’s how it goes.

  107. atwaterslaughter says: Jan 25, 2016 9:37 PM

    …..And Brady just took another sack.

  108. madmike66 says: Jan 25, 2016 9:40 PM

    Scapegopat. I wonder Bill, did the offensive line coach make the call not to kick a field goal on 4th down too?

  109. followme2boston says: Jan 25, 2016 9:41 PM

    bull i disagree it is easier to run block then it is to pass block.

  110. tigerlilac says: Jan 25, 2016 9:43 PM

    You should be able to both block and run on a defensive front that rushes three or four guys and drops guys back into coverage. The Patriots could do neither. Brady got hit more than any other qb this year. Let’s face it. A blithering idiot knows the one thing you have to do on offense is protect Tom Brady.

    I watched Marcus Cannon get exposed by Miller. I was surprised the Patriots couldn’t fake the cadence to catch the Broncos offside and why they ran no screens.

  111. raiderapologist says: Jan 25, 2016 9:45 PM

    Belichick wanted to fire Wade Phillips, but settled for this guy.

  112. smash2289 says: Jan 25, 2016 9:46 PM

    I don’t understand.coach didn’t adjust his line play, change scheme or move additional blockers in. Brady gets hit more than any qb all year. Head coach holds accountable and fires him. Ummmmm that’s what’s supposed to happen. I hate the patriots but respect the heck out of them

  113. FoozieGrooler says: Jan 25, 2016 9:48 PM

    This has crybaby Brady’s fingerprints all over it.

  114. jchipwood says: Jan 25, 2016 9:53 PM

    Pfts bitterness from Patriots losing makes me laugh. It’s awesome. It’s almost like Goodell owns the site.

  115. billsfan1 says: Jan 25, 2016 9:56 PM

    2 thoughts in this. 1 is that it seems like the Pats cheaped out on online talent for the most part.
    The other is that it’s the coaches job to make in game adjustments and there’s non better than BB.. But he didn’t do that. He was relying to heavily the high powered offense to take over. Same as jn first Super a bowl against Giants. Why wasn’t Steven Jackson used to chip an end or call more 3 step drops?
    O line was brutal but I can’t speak for rest of season except yesterday. Someone takes the fall but he wasn’t the only one to blame…

    Wade Phillips out coached him… And it wasn’t even close.

  116. rootpain says: Jan 25, 2016 9:57 PM

    Yeah I am sure Belichick comes to this blog to get suggestions on how to run the team. And with good reason, too. By all the suggestions and comments made here, there are obviously lots of deep thinkers that come here. Not.

    Belichick gets heat because he wins so often. He gets heat because he loses a crucial game. He gets heat because he looses no time to make the necessary corrections. He doesn’t care what anyone here says about him. And with good reason; no one here has the intellect to tell Belichick what day of the week it is.

    Other teams are still licking their wounds. Belichick has already started practice for 2016. He is not wasting time listening to anybody here. Book it.

  117. tigerlilac says: Jan 25, 2016 10:01 PM

    The past two seasons the Patriots won a super bowl and were within an extra point of forcing overtime in the AFCG and there are fools calling out Bill Belichick.

    Let’s give Denver some credit. The Patriots tested them time and time again in the fourth quarter and they held up to the pressure. Manning had only one turnover the whole game and had some key third down conversions that put the Patriots in tough field position. One play, and there were 142 in the game, could have changed the result. The game was that close.

  118. clickablecontent says: Jan 25, 2016 10:01 PM

    Logan Mankins. Just saying.

  119. whispersd says: Jan 25, 2016 10:01 PM

    Gotta love all the over-confident trolls who are sure this firing is both a) undeserved and b) a sign of the evil nature of Bill Belichick and/or Tom Brady. Probably both.

    Seriously, guys, you’re deranged.

    Look, the O-line was poor much of the season and especially poor in December and January. And Sunday was an unmitigated disaster.

  120. jchipwood says: Jan 25, 2016 10:04 PM

    bullcharger says:
    Jan 25, 2016 9:36 PM
    patstipoftheiceberg says:
    Jan 25, 2016 9:29 PM
    Where is the praise now for that October article on genius oline interchangeability? No continuity = big fat L
    Scapegoat move

    ——–

    You know they made the AFC Championship right. Better than 28 teams. It wasn’t that bad.

    You fire guys when you could have a better person in that spot. He fired pepper johnson too. They still kept winning. That’s how it goes.
    ________________________________

    Making it that far and not winning the super bowl is pointless. All you do is push yourself down for your #1 draft pick………whoops never mind.

  121. whispersd says: Jan 25, 2016 10:05 PM

    You fire guys when you could have a better person in that spot. He fired pepper johnson too. They still kept winning. That’s how it goes.

    ===

    Pepper Johnson was the other finalist for the D-Con job. Matt Patricia got the job. Pepper left because he was blocked from advancing on the Patriots. He wasn’t fired.

    That’s what people do in all sorts of industries when advancement upwards is blocked. They move laterally.

  122. dejc421 says: Jan 25, 2016 10:07 PM

    mmack66 says:Jan 25, 2016 8:59 PM

    cowboy2016 says:
    Jan 25, 2016 8:34 PM

    Reactionary move by a fading dynasty.
    ————————

    Hmmm. Won the Super Bowl last year, and went down to the wire in the AFCCG this year.

    I wish my team would fade like that.
    _________________________
    I wish my team would “fade” like that too …

  123. whispersd says: Jan 25, 2016 10:10 PM

    abninf says:
    Jan 25, 2016 9:05 PM
    56 pass plays and 17 running plays. The play caller needs to be fired.

    ===

    Wouldn’t go that far but I would agree that was far too many running plays. They were getting less than two yards per rush. And they’d basically had no running game whatsoever after both Lewis and Blount went down injured. Steven Jackson has had a great NFL career but he’s done. White is a great pass catcher but not a good runner from scrimmage. Bolden is a special teamer.

  124. uncletuna says: Jan 25, 2016 10:13 PM

    Yeah, because he should have noticed Gronk wide open in the back of the end zone!!!

    Stay classy, New England!

  125. robt927 says: Jan 25, 2016 10:14 PM

    I am sure all Patriot fans feel deflated.

  126. sonhoodoo says: Jan 25, 2016 10:14 PM

    latenightroach says:
    Jan 25, 2016 7:39 PM
    Just think if Tommy Boy got flagged for intentional grounding like he should have at least three times…The world would have ended.
    ——————-

    Still not grasping the whole rule book thing, huh?

  127. bricketh says: Jan 25, 2016 10:15 PM

    Dante Scarnecchia was retired before last season, however, continued to work with the Patriots offensive line in a consulting role last year, and even accompanied them to the Super Bowl. This year it was all DeGuglielmo. I don’t know if he was the sole reason for the poor play, as they did have massive injuries, but their best lineup was still really bad, and got beaten horribly throughout. Coaches get fired all the time, so it is what it is, but maybe he has someone in mind to do better, or maybe they want to change their philosophy on offensive line play, specifically where it involves running. The Pats have never had a great running game with Brady, except for the Dillon year (’04), and even then it didn’t manifest itself in the playoffs. Maybe Belichick will do what Kubiak did for Manning, and get Brady a running game for once.

  128. patstipoftheiceberg says: Jan 25, 2016 10:15 PM

    Word inside the abode on Rt1 is the ol coach didn’t agree with The patriot way……..

  129. whispersd says: Jan 25, 2016 10:18 PM

    seahawkfanfrom1970s says:
    Jan 25, 2016 8:30 PM
    So the Pats need OL help, and so do we. Too bad they don’t have a first-round draft pick, while WE do!

    We win, and lose, with clear consciences!

    ====

    Yeah, good job conspiring with other owners to strip the Pats of draft picks on charges unsupported by any actual evidence. Do you know how ridiculous the NFL looks to the scientific community? At this point numerous outside, independent scientists have looked at the data and said “Why did the NFL think that any tampering happened? It certainly isn’t proven by this data!”

    But billionaire owners know better than mere scientists, so their unwarranted certainty put Goodell in the position where he would lose his job if he didn’t punish the Patriots.

    The whole thing is ludicrous.

    And you take pride in the persecution!

  130. patstipoftheiceberg says: Jan 25, 2016 10:19 PM

    ………and had no say in personnel moves…….leaky ship

  131. Great Caesar's Ghost says: Jan 25, 2016 10:21 PM

    greenbaychicksarefat says:
    Jan 25, 2016 7:37 PM

    Belichick taking a page out of McCarthys book; throw your assistants under the bus even though you’re the one who’s decisions lost the game. Typical…

    _____

    Agreed. Or like Zimmer, who threw his kicker under the bus when his meekness as coach resulted in no real attempt to score a TD in the red zone.

  132. patstipoftheiceberg says: Jan 25, 2016 10:22 PM

    Deflator sells beer…….espn still wants his story…..

    Maybe a memorial NE kicks bud light can with his mug, a inflation pin and a smile

  133. mmack66 says: Jan 25, 2016 10:22 PM

    patstipoftheiceberg says:
    Jan 25, 2016 10:15 PM

    Word inside the abode on Rt1 is the ol coach didn’t agree with The patriot way……..
    ———————-

    Not surprising considering where he came from.

    The Dolphins and Jets don’t have much of a culture of winning like the Patriots do.

  134. tigerlilac says: Jan 25, 2016 10:24 PM

    The thrill of victory and the agony of defeat is strong motivation. The Patriots have won enough to draw the bitter hatred of some (not most) opposing fans. Belichick is already working to improve the team. Brady is scheduling off season work with Edelman. The two super bowl losses to the Giants, the loss to the Colts in the AFCG in Indy (who beat Grossman’s Bears in the super bowl), and this loss not only make the Patriots coaches and players work, it makes the victories all the more thrilling.

    Does anyone really doubt the Patriots will be back with a vengeance in 2016?

  135. ampatsisahypocrite says: Jan 25, 2016 10:26 PM

    What’s next, getting rid of the guy in charge of messing with the other team’s headsets?

  136. hivelocityimpactsplatter says: Jan 25, 2016 10:30 PM

    rootpain says:
    Jan 25, 2016 9:57 PM

    Other teams are still licking their wounds. Belichick has already started practice for 2016. He is not wasting time listening to anybody here. Book it.
    ****
    Wouldn’t surprise me, since that would be cheating.

  137. rajbais says: Jan 25, 2016 10:34 PM

    I wonder if Charlie Weis is being considered for the job.

    It is possible Mike Lombardi is named to it.

  138. unoduotres says: Jan 25, 2016 10:35 PM

    wow!!

    129 comments received regarding an assistant NFL coach being fired. Must be an event that only occurs once in a lifetime!

  139. dejc421 says: Jan 25, 2016 10:35 PM

    seahawkfanfrom1970s says:
    Jan 25, 2016 8:30 PM
    So the Pats need OL help, and so do we. Too bad they don’t have a first-round draft pick, while WE do!

    We win, and lose, with clear consciences!
    ____________________________
    So true … Seahawk fans win and lose with clear consciences. I’m guessing you never read the comments here after last year’s superbowl.

  140. tigerlilac says: Jan 25, 2016 10:41 PM

    I have been a Patriots fan since 1960. I grew up as a young boy sneaking into Babson College to watch Bill Russell and the Celtics practice. I watched virtually every game Bobby Orr played on TV 38. I won a raffle and was handed the top prize by Carl Yastrzemski, watched Jim Lonborg, Luis Tiant, and Pedro Martinez pitch, watched over my dates head as Fred Lynn hit three home runs in a game in Detroit his rookie season, had season tickets to watch Bird and the Celtics win championships, and had season tickets to the Sox when they finally won the world series. None of it gave me more pleasure than watching the Patriots over the last 15 years from the seclusion of my own home. There is just something about NFL football, and the Patriots overachieving against 31 other teams year after year, and coming back the next year if they fall short.

  141. jbdvks says: Jan 25, 2016 10:42 PM

    Falling apart at the seams. No sympathies from me. The league catches up to your cheating ways now look what happens.

  142. lemmetalkwouldya says: Jan 25, 2016 10:47 PM

    To anyone who thinks Belichick is making DeGuglielmo the “fall guy”, I’ll ask one simple question:

    Did you even WATCH that freaking game, yesterday????

    Yes, the line has had a ton of injuries, but Scharnechia faced the same challenges and never failed THIS badly.

    The Bronco’s came at New England with a different look, and the offensive line wasn’t ready for it.

    Strike 1.

    Then, they had no answer for it.

    Strike 2.

    Their coach’s poor preparation and complete lack of in-game adjusting, damn near got Tom Brady KILLED.

    Strike 3.

    Look for Steve DeOssie to be offered this job.

  143. lunchbox77 says: Jan 25, 2016 10:48 PM

    So now that the dynasty is done, the cheating reign is over, and the team is fading into mediocrity, what the heck are all you trolls going to do for amusement now?

  144. phaktor333 says: Jan 25, 2016 10:50 PM

    Anyone can attest that you may lose, but at least lose competing and fighting…those men on the o-line for the Patriots stopped competing early in that game and Brady kept the ship afloat while absorbing some serious punishment. If there is a lack of fight and perseverance in a unit, whether it is an office, military or even your local Walmart, the guy that supervises them needs to go. Cannon and Fleming in particular tapped out to those edge rushers early.

  145. ohand16 says: Jan 25, 2016 10:57 PM

    Tom Brady did NOTHING wrong

  146. mikeleasara says: Jan 25, 2016 10:58 PM

    Andrews started the season and played well then got benched when stork came back whos decision was that?? BB

  147. p6one6 says: Jan 25, 2016 10:59 PM

    Can’t say I’m surprised, from Stork’s head bob timing with the snap count, to Cannon’s looking around trying to figure out who he was supposed to block after Von Miller ran by him, the Patriots o-line looked horrible. It’s a credit to the Broncos defense, but ultimately you can’t have a QB in his late 30s getting hit more than any other QB in a game since 2006.

    The offensive play calling was suspect at times, and adding a running back for blocking may have helped a little, but the Broncos were getting blitz type pressure with 3 rushers at some points during the game.

    Some of the rookies had started out looking like they were progressing well this year, but it seemed like the entire line regressed during the last half of the season. Injuries hurt, but the failure and the need for Brady to get rid of the ball in less than two seconds made this an obvious decision in my opinion.

  148. immafubared says: Jan 25, 2016 11:03 PM

    Denver went into the game knowing it could rush four and be successful. I think they blizted like three times the whole game keeping extra people back to cover and cover they did. When your O line is getting eating alive play after by four guys, ya time to say adios to the O coach h, injuries or not.

  149. cri33 says: Jan 25, 2016 11:05 PM

    Well someone had to take the fall.

  150. jbaxt says: Jan 25, 2016 11:07 PM

    Guys-upfront-don’t-block-gate.

  151. chesswhileyouplaycheckers says: Jan 25, 2016 11:08 PM

    acehawk55 says:
    Jan 25, 2016 9:32 PM
    These are the type of decisions that ruin team chemistry. BB always needs to find scapegoats instead of finding solutions. If you are a player or coach in that organization, you have to be walking on egg shells knowing that the m0ment something goes wrong you’re gone.
    —————————

    That is absolute nonsense. With the exception of Pepper Johnson who moved laterally to gain visibility by coaching outside of Belichick’s shadow and Scar who retired most every coach/personnel guy that’s left has done it to move up elsewhere. No one has found more solutions in the last 15 years than the Hoodie. Outside of Mangini who earned his wrath by actively recruiting Patriots pending free agents on the way out the door Belichick has maintained a solid relationship with all the guys that have left. Heck, several have come back.

  152. TebowedOutOfThePostSeasonAndNeverToReturn says: Jan 25, 2016 11:11 PM

    It will be nice to hear his perspective on deflategate now that he’s free of that evil organization.

  153. joker65 says: Jan 25, 2016 11:18 PM

    There sure a lot of upset fans of teams other than the Patriots commenting here. Do any of you even know who the guy was? What the heck do you care if they fire him?

  154. patsfan56 says: Jan 25, 2016 11:21 PM

    look at all the other stories on here-Seahawks guy getting charges for felony assault, replacement sin the probowl, new coaches hired…add them all up and maybe 100 comments in TOTAL…Pats haters can’t live wihout saying bad things about Pats OVER 140 COMMENTS….my my what will you DO what will you do now that their season is over???? How about get a LIFE!

  155. varangia says: Jan 25, 2016 11:25 PM

    The Pats were right. BB knows what he’s doing. Whenever they get a big failure in a playoff game, someone gets fired. That’s one of the reasons they have played in 10 Championships.

    Of course, the kicker hits the extra point, and we got a whole new game. The Pats might have won regardless of the O line.

  156. davew128 says: Jan 25, 2016 11:34 PM

    motsuret06 says:
    Jan 25, 2016 8:42 PM
    Firing the offensive line coach the day after the championship game is typical Belichick.
    **************************
    Umm if memory serves this is the first positional assistant EVER fired in Belichick’s tenure in Foxboro. Thats fifteen years with the only changes coming from guys retiring or moving up to take advancement elsewhere. Think about that…

  157. davew128 says: Jan 25, 2016 11:35 PM

    ragnarthegreat says:
    Jan 25, 2016 9:21 PM
    Logan mankins is an all pro and I am pretty sure releasing him wasn’t the o line coaches decision.
    ***********
    Logan Mankins is a great run blocker, not such a good pass blocker.

  158. joseferreira1967 says: Jan 25, 2016 11:36 PM

    This thread is absolute and final proof that the Pats rule the NFL.

    Every single person who is not a Pats fan, I would venture even some who are, before this nugget of brilliant journalism, the reference that the OL was playing well is a downright lie, had no idea who this guy was.

    Yet here they are drooling with their hate, pounding on the Pats with the usual lack of intelligence, dropping the same old lines, making pathetic comparisons, establishing patterns where none exist and downright lying to fit their agenda.

    It’s simply the acknowledgment of the New England Patriots greatness.

    Thank you

  159. jasonculhane says: Jan 25, 2016 11:37 PM

    Funny because I seem to remember Peyton Manning having bad offensive line issues and he was a choke artist…Went up against a “quarterback” with superior defenses and lost…Now the coin has flipped…He’s got the great defense and he beats the superior quarterback…lol.

    Funny how the roles have reversed

  160. headwoundharry says: Jan 25, 2016 11:42 PM

    If this guy was so bad, who hired him?? Time for that dude to hit the road. Right Bill? Bill?

  161. tigerlilac says: Jan 25, 2016 11:54 PM

    “Cannon and Fleming in particular tapped out to those edge rushers early.”

    Fleming played two plays, one at tight end.

  162. ideabook2014 says: Jan 25, 2016 11:59 PM

    Belichick has yet to counter move defenses that pressure the Pats and throw their offense out of synch. Baltimore. Jets, sometimes Buffalo and always Denver do it over and over and manage to end up beating them or lose a close one. Belichick and his bogus offensive line nearly got Brady killed Sunday. Brady showed his age, he just couldn’t extend the play with his legs. The Pats didn’t do much to punish Denver for their all out rush packages. Maybe that’s what he had in mind with Lewis and the scat-back short game from the backfield. Canning the line coach isn’t going to help when the GM doesn’t give him much to work with. The Pats came pretty close with a banged up team this season, but Belichick needs to take a look at what he did to get it banged up. No-huddle teams have a higher injury rate than other offenses. Maybe he needs to start there, and get his guys in better condition.

  163. swagger52 says: Jan 25, 2016 11:59 PM

    I don’t get the whole..”just do your job”. .

    Stephen Goatkowski…not fired for not doing his job

    The ball boys….fired for doing their job of deflating footballs in the bathoom

    I guess this means the OL coach was doing his job.

  164. slopewithnohope says: Jan 26, 2016 12:15 AM

    Well someone always ends up the scapegoat.

  165. mullman76 says: Jan 26, 2016 12:18 AM

    @joseferreira1967:

    Whatever helps you sleep at night.

  166. golfore says: Jan 26, 2016 12:19 AM

    The fall guy for the bad decisions made by Belicheat during the game. Thinks he’s smarter than everyone. Nothing sweeter than seeing the Taintriots lose. And they are very bad losers….

  167. steelbreeze676 says: Jan 26, 2016 12:21 AM

    Hire Tim Holt from the Raiders as the replacement.

  168. campcouch says: Jan 26, 2016 1:02 AM

    The linemen have been in the NFL for some time now. They played at least from high school up to now. They have the talent and techniques to play in the pros. If a coaching change makes you lose your abilities and training suddenly then the individual has an issue. They’ve played some pretty good defenses and sorry, but even with the mayhem on the line and in the air, the Pats could’ve won that game.

  169. Patskrieg says: Jan 26, 2016 1:11 AM

    Not to pile on Goog, but the offensive line was a strength of the Patriots for years before him. I don’t care how many combinations, how many rookies, how many injuries, any of it. This year’s offensive line played with no technique and no discipline all year.

    Had to happen.

  170. vikingforlife says: Jan 26, 2016 4:27 AM

    Great Caesar’s Ghost: Never, ever, did Zimmer throw our kicker under the bus and you know it! he just stated the facts. “We win as a team and we lose as a team” He supported Blair every step of the way. DO NOT bring the Vikings into your messed up season!! I couldn’t be more proud of the way our coach, team, and especially Blair Walsh handled that loss. No, we are not used to the playoffs like the Patriots, Seahawks or Packers, but watch out because we are coming and we’ve got something special. Zimmer is a great coach and the VIKINGS are a young, HUNGRY team with VERY SPECIAL players!!!
    So, back to the real topic:
    The Patriots and BB made the decision based on their QB getting killed on Sunday. Enuf said!

  171. proudchowdahead13 says: Jan 26, 2016 5:03 AM

    No running game to speak of, so play action ineffective. Can’t hold blocks long enough fer receivers to get more than a couple yards downfield. Teaching blocking technique is the coaches job, and it hasn’t been done since Dante S retired.

  172. uglydingo says: Jan 26, 2016 5:47 AM

    The real genius of Bill Belichick is that he holds his team, including himself and his coaches to a higher standard than any other NFL Head Coach. To see the great Tom Brady repeatedly sacked and hit was simply unacceptable and the consequences have to faced immediately.
    Bill strives for improvement everywhere, every day. Thank you for immediately taking this strong action to fire DeGuglielmo. I hope that he now learns that there are consequences associated with his failure. It also sends the right message through the organization. True Patriots expect to win because we are the best.

  173. streetyson says: Jan 26, 2016 5:48 AM

    On one level it’s great that so many ignorant haters and trolls jump on this and most other Pats stories, for it shows who owns space in their empty heads and wet-bed nightmares for 15yrs!

    But on another level, I just want to come here and talk about football, so please PFT, cut out trolls and comments that are not relevant or obviously untrue.

    The newsworthy thing here is how rare it is for the Pats to fire a coach – in BB’s 15yr era this is the first I can remember. Compare that to the merry-go-round of most other teams.

    The O-line was average last year after Scharnechia retired, and got worse this year. Injuries are partly to blame, but they adjusted and retrained poorly and that’s the line-coach’s fault.

  174. dallasfan76 says: Jan 26, 2016 6:29 AM

    Mr. Belichick, It’s not his fault. There’s only one reason you aren’t going to the Super Bowl. I will give you a hint. His name rhymes with “Mon Viller”.

  175. sammievee says: Jan 26, 2016 6:44 AM

    It’s called “accountability”. Was he supposed to get a promotion and raise?

  176. stinkymcmulligan says: Jan 26, 2016 6:50 AM

    Yeah, the OL coach was the problem.

    …and I have a bridge in Brooklyn to sell you

  177. patsrthegreatest says: Jan 26, 2016 6:50 AM

    Good enough for the rest of the division. Not good enough to to coach the pats. Metaphor for the past 15 years. Don’t worry haters we’ll be back…go cats!!

  178. bushwoodcc says: Jan 26, 2016 7:17 AM

    The loss of Dante Scarnecchia when he retired before last season was a concern for most Pats fan. Dante had been with the team since the 70’s and every new coach kept him on staff. He was that good of a position coach, regardless of what group he was given.

    After two seasons of o-line struggles it’s time to move on from this guy. It actually illustrates how amazing Scarnecchia’s tenure was.

  179. billytodd2013blbaad says: Jan 26, 2016 7:18 AM

    really? they make this guy the fall guy? how about facing the truth.. the guys on the field playing on your offensive line sucked and couldn’t block a pee wee team.

  180. bushwoodcc says: Jan 26, 2016 7:22 AM

    jbdvks says:
    Jan 25, 2016 10:42 PM

    Falling apart at the seams. No sympathies from me. The league catches up to your cheating ways now look what happens.
    __________________________________

    Falling apart at the seams? They got rid of an underperforming O-line coach after 2 seasons (a guy who replaced a coach who was on staff for decades who retired). And in each of their last 5 seasons they’ve reached the AFCCG and won the Super Bowl in one of them.

    Every other team in the league would kill for that to be their definition of “falling apart at the seams”.

  181. ron69 says: Jan 26, 2016 7:26 AM

    Vollmer who isn’t LT and Cannon who isn’t T against DeWare and Miller and you don’t keep an extra blocker to help?
    Something is not right here and isn’t the OL coach fault, talking about overeaction

  182. gizzmonic says: Jan 26, 2016 7:38 AM

    AHHH that explains the mystery
    I feel better now

  183. bonniebengal says: Jan 26, 2016 7:41 AM

    Denver was the best defense they had faced all year.

  184. troylok says: Jan 26, 2016 7:48 AM

    Scapegoat

  185. TebowedOutOfThePostSeasonAndNeverToReturn says: Jan 26, 2016 7:52 AM

    I hope Harbaugh interviews him, gets him to admit to cheating with all that eligible/ineligible crap, then exposes that organization a second time.

  186. beachsidejames says: Jan 26, 2016 8:12 AM

    This is the one thing I like about the Pats. When something is not right they make a change quick move to correct it and don’t look back.

  187. jmethane says: Jan 26, 2016 8:18 AM

    Maybe this would make sense and all you pat supporters would have a point if the oline was healthy all year. We know that wasn’t the case though.

    Does any offensive line coach get the job done with what he had to work with this year? I doubt it but you should fire him anyway.

    Fall guy for sure. The Patriots almost claimed the number one seed don’t tell me that they were horrible all year long they were just horrible in the AFC Championship. Denver was just that good but you want to blame it all on one guy that is a coach on your team trying to coach up guys are hurt and dudes off the street.

    Please. How about kick a field goal with 6 minutes left instead of being dumb.

  188. RexCanCoach says: Jan 26, 2016 8:28 AM

    “boy oh boy is this great”!!!

  189. kleahy51gmailcom says: Jan 26, 2016 8:32 AM

    Enjoy your glee, Hosers! Patriots will be back in the playoffs next year while whatever band of sorry assed amateurs you root for will be home playing Tetris.

  190. rjg427 says: Jan 26, 2016 8:40 AM

    Ya See Gostkowski..Its not your fault!! Good work firing this clown, now go get some viable players on the OLine..GET RID OF CANNON NOW!

  191. realpatsfan says: Jan 26, 2016 8:41 AM

    I have been a Pats fan a long time, my opinion is no backs or tight ends to help block makes it tough to keep Brady upright with a injury plagued line.
    Late in the year the opponents will have enough tape to figure this out.
    I think they have learned this and I am sure we will see a different offense next year.
    As for the defense just a few adjustments neeeed.
    Kicking game no changes needed.
    GO PATS.

  192. hehateme2 says: Jan 26, 2016 8:50 AM

    Didn’t play swell in Miami where they LOST for the 3rd time straight in 3 years.

    The Dolphins forced them to travel to Denver. Good times.

  193. Rdog says: Jan 26, 2016 8:57 AM

    It wasn’t that long ago that the Patriots were being praised for good offensive line play despite injuries, etc. One game changes everything, I guess.

  194. draftrobot says: Jan 26, 2016 9:01 AM

    There’s the possibility this guy just isn’t a good enough coach and Belichick would have fired him win or lose even if the line gave up no sacks, but just looking at the players they were playing, you had a natural right tackle in Sebastian Vollmer playing left tackle and a natural guard in Marcus Cannon playing right tackle and you were asking them to block one definite Hall of Famer and one potential Hall of Famer who were both feeling it that day.

    If I were to blame one assistant coach for the beating Brady took, I would blame the offensive coordinator who continued to call empty formations and refused to leave help in to block.

  195. myopinionisrighterthanyours says: Jan 26, 2016 9:06 AM

    Can the PFT commenters please stop with the intentional grounding talk? I hate the Patriots as well, but NONE were intentional grounding. All went well past the line of scrimmage with a receiver POINTED OUT BY THE LINESMAN OR UMPIRE in the immediate vicinity.

  196. Ed Desautels says: Jan 26, 2016 9:10 AM

    “The line had played well before Sunday’s AFC Championship Game….”

    What? What Patriots offensive line have you been watching for the past ten weeks????

  197. TeeHeeLOLatPatsHaters says: Jan 26, 2016 9:21 AM

    I liked Goog but unfortunately… this had to be done. Too much regression on that line and not enough development of the new guys like Mason.

  198. TeeHeeLOLatPatsHaters says: Jan 26, 2016 9:22 AM

    Firing a coach = not classy

    Riiight.😀

    #FunFactsILearnedFromPatriotHater
    #SoMuchFunToLaughAtThem
    #IThinkIWillKeepDoingItBecauseICan

  199. TeeHeeLOLatPatsHaters says: Jan 26, 2016 9:25 AM

    Umm if memory serves this is the first positional assistant EVER fired in Belichick’s tenure in Foxboro.
    —-
    Dean Pees
    Pepper Johnson

  200. silvernblacksabbath says: Jan 26, 2016 9:26 AM

    This coach looks EXACTLY like Kirk Windstein of the bands Crowbar, Down and Kingdom of Sorrow…

  201. silvernblacksabbath says: Jan 26, 2016 9:28 AM

    Wasn’t his fault! Injuries and play calling had the most to do with it… How about putting a RB in the backfield to block maybe? lol

  202. ninkanpoopblog says: Jan 26, 2016 9:34 AM

    Come on all the injuries tougher competition no running game if you throw the ball 60 times in a game some bad things are going to happen something else happened I don’t for a minute believe this is a scapegoat move

  203. overkil2 says: Jan 26, 2016 10:15 AM

    Wow, didn’t they have like a ton of injuries on the O-line? That’s his fault? As much as I dislike the Pats, they were really hit hard by the injury bug and for them to win as many games and make it to the Conference Championship is a testament to the great coaching.

    Why not fire the strength coach instead. If his players had better conditioning, they wouldn’t have gotten hurt so easily.

  204. patstipoftheiceberg says: Jan 26, 2016 10:43 AM

    TeeHeeLOLatPatsHaters says:
    Jan 26, 2016 9:21 AM
    I liked Goog but unfortunately… this had to be done. Too much regression on that line and not enough development of the new guys like Mason.

    —————–
    He was fired because he didn’t buy into the patriot way…..they didn’t give him his own desk let alone an office

    He is probably talking to ESPN now:)

  205. bill14224 says: Jan 26, 2016 10:45 AM

    He is being scapegoated by Belichick. It’s Belichick’s fault their O-line is depleted.

  206. shutyofacepunk says: Jan 26, 2016 12:32 PM

    Instead of writing on here, you poor babies should write your team to hire this guy you all feel so bad for. What’s his name again?

  207. fanofpft says: Jan 26, 2016 6:53 PM

    The o-line played good till the last game? I would say they did well a handful of games. There has never been so much pressure on brady. That’s why I watched.

  208. leoskringlygirl says: Jan 26, 2016 7:09 PM

    Hey Patstipoftheiceberg

    Just so we’re clear I learned the Ideal gas law regarding PSI in like 6th grade. Even my car tires know it!! So I don’t put much credence in that accusation !!! Actually I think you have a weird fixation on the Pat’s organization!! Who do you actually root for?

  209. wantsomecheesewiththatwhine says: Jan 28, 2016 1:43 PM

    he didn’t get fired. his contract was up. he just didn’t get rehired.

  210. fireroger says: Jan 29, 2016 11:29 AM

    Honestly, based on how the Pats OL performed this year I would have fired him. I have zero problem claiming DeGuglielmo as the scape goat. The bottom line is that’s where the blame belongs. Other coaching decisions aside this needed to be done.

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