Based on the beating Tom Brady took in the AFC Championship Game, the Patriots can use all the offensive line help they can find this offseason.
That might begin on the sidelines.
According to Mike Reiss of ESPN.com, longtime Patriots line coach Dante Scarnecchia and the Pats have had discussions about his returning to the coaching staff.
The 67-year-old Scarnecchia broached the subject with the team, hoping to return after a two-year retirement. He’s been around the team as a consultant, and advised during the scouting process the last two years.
The Patriots didn’t renew offensive line coach Dave DeGuglielmo’s contract, so there’s an opening.
The Patriots allowed 38 sacks this season, the third-most of his career. He was also hit 20 times by the Broncos in the AFC title game. They were also 30th in rushing.
Of course, unless Scarnecchia is also a faith-healer, the problems there are beyond coaching. They were hammered by injuries all year, going through five left tackles over the course of the year.