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Report: Patriots re-hire Dante Scarnecchia as OL coach

FOXBORO, MA - NOVEMBER 18: Dante Scarnecchia of the New England Patriots watches on before a game with the Indianapolis Colts at Gillette Stadium on November 18, 2012 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images) Getty Images

There was word last week that the Patriots were talking to former offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia about returning to his old job after two years off the sideline.

Those talks appear to have progressed to an agreement. Adam Caplan of ESPN reports that the team has re-hired Scarnecchia after parting ways with Dave DeGuglielmo last month. DeGuglielmo landed a job with the Chargers a short time later.

Scarnecchia hasn’t been too far removed from the team since retiring after the 2013 season. He’s helped them evaluate offensive linemen ahead of the draft in the last two seasons so he likely has a pretty good grasp on many of the players that he’ll be working with once the team’s offseason program gets underway.

The key will be for Scarnecchia to get those players performing at a higher level than they were at when the season came to an end. Better health will be an important part of that as the team was constantly shuffling bodies around to cover for missing players, but there’s work to be done on the execution as well.

This will be Scarnecchia’s third stint in New England. He was the special teams and tight ends coach from 1982 to 1988 and then returned to the team in 1991 after a couple of years coaching the Colts offensive line.

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61 Responses to “Report: Patriots re-hire Dante Scarnecchia as OL coach”
  1. gysot says: Feb 16, 2016 6:18 PM

    Von Miller does not care.

  2. cross300 says: Feb 16, 2016 6:19 PM

    Happy to have you back. Huge improvement.

  3. 33vikes says: Feb 16, 2016 6:23 PM

    Did they paint over a train engineer’s hat?

  4. stealthjunk says: Feb 16, 2016 6:24 PM

    Unless Scarnecchia is capable of playing RT and LT, Von Miller will continue his assault on Brady again next year. He won’t be satisfied until he’s gotten two of the Patriots’ OL coaches fired!

  5. rjpats says: Feb 16, 2016 6:24 PM

    Thank god. That line was garbage for the majority of the season, injuries aside

  6. bullcharger says: Feb 16, 2016 6:25 PM

    gysot says:
    Feb 16, 2016 6:18 PM

    Von Miller does not care.

    —————-

    Last season is over. Denver won. Good for Von. Now everyone is 0-0 again.

    I would think the league would love to have the opener be the Patriots, but I don’t know if they will do it incase Brady is suspended.

  7. skooter519 says: Feb 16, 2016 6:25 PM

    Good hire. Brady needs more protection than what he got last year.

  8. vikesr4reel says: Feb 16, 2016 6:27 PM

    Cheaters always stick together!

  9. 1smoothoperator says: Feb 16, 2016 6:29 PM

    Glad to have him back. Hopefully we can get guys healthy or move on and find some new players. That offensive line was sad this year. Should be a big concern this off season to keep the OL intact for more then a few games.

  10. plum54 says: Feb 16, 2016 6:30 PM

    Best news ever!!!

  11. whiteybulgersson says: Feb 16, 2016 6:33 PM

    Best hire of the offseason.

    And it’s not even close.

    This seals it.

    Super bowl next year, in New England. Whoever plays them in the super bowl, it does not matter.

    Tom Brady with protection throwing it to Chandler, Amendola, Gronk, Edelman. You can’t defend that.

  12. terripet says: Feb 16, 2016 6:34 PM

    How desperate can you be

  13. mempusa says: Feb 16, 2016 6:36 PM

    HIGH YAM BETTY HOPPY

  14. davehamgood says: Feb 16, 2016 6:39 PM

    Patriots will be there.I wonder who Denver has for a QB.I seem to remember the Patriots knocking the @#@$%$ out of Osweiller.

  15. scoocha says: Feb 16, 2016 6:42 PM

    Does he have any secret cheating techniques?

  16. doctormantistoboggan says: Feb 16, 2016 6:43 PM

    You can’t polish a turd.

    Good luck getting throttled again by Lord Manning and Denver’s D in 2017.

  17. vancouversportsbro says: Feb 16, 2016 6:53 PM

    The deflator got cut?

  18. hockeyflow30 says: Feb 16, 2016 6:54 PM

    Wooooooooooo

  19. cinzano08 says: Feb 16, 2016 6:56 PM

    Now that Von miller will be off the peds after Broncos overpay him he will be a non factor. Great hire by pats once again.

  20. yosoyfiesta87 says: Feb 16, 2016 6:56 PM

    How ignorant can you be?

  21. edelmanfanclub says: Feb 16, 2016 6:58 PM

    Scar actually called Von Miller one of the best pass rushers hes every played against. Im glad hes back he never should have left. Him and Bill r all in for Bradys last couple of years

  22. bullogne says: Feb 16, 2016 7:02 PM

    Patriots will be there.I wonder who Denver has for a QB.I seem to remember the Patriots knocking the @#@$%$ out of Osweiller.

    —————————————————————

    Is that the same Osweiller who beat the Patriots?

  23. mmack66 says: Feb 16, 2016 7:06 PM

    terripet says:
    Feb 16, 2016 6:34 PM

    How desperate can you be
    ———————-

    You were so desperate to post something dumb, that you forgot to punctuate your sentence.

  24. mzew233 says: Feb 16, 2016 7:07 PM

    His film room studies include when to kick a FG and when to go for 4th

  25. flash1287 says: Feb 16, 2016 7:09 PM

    doctormantistoboggan says:
    Feb 16, 2016 6:43 PM
    You can’t polish a turd.

    Good luck getting throttled again by Lord Manning and Denver’s D in 2017.

    hanging on for a 2 point win on the last play of the game is “getting throttled”?

    And I guess you’re the only one who hasn’t heard but manning in going to retire.

  26. baltimorons says: Feb 16, 2016 7:10 PM

    Wow this is painfully pathetic. Patriot fans getting fired up over a O-line coach. Fired up! You don’t have hall of farmer Mike Munchak, so you have nothing.

  27. Aybtcr475 says: Feb 16, 2016 7:14 PM

    Back for more cheating.

  28. thecape15 says: Feb 16, 2016 7:14 PM

    Thank God.

  29. spartyistheclassofthenationinfootballandbasketball says: Feb 16, 2016 7:16 PM

    Because it was the previous OL coach’s fault that he was coaching a patchwork line with a bunch of guys who shouldn’t have been starting in the NFL so it definitely made sense to fire him
    Can you say scapegoat?

  30. plum54 says: Feb 16, 2016 7:18 PM

    Lots of comments from Denver fans , they sound ascared!
    If anyone is going to be suspended it will be HGH tea bag Manning!!!

  31. weepingjebus says: Feb 16, 2016 7:20 PM

    Von Miller won’t be satisfied until he’s tried every PED the Chinese can invent, and Peyton’s wife has him on speed dial.

  32. mmack66 says: Feb 16, 2016 7:28 PM

    yosoyfiesta87 says:
    Feb 16, 2016 6:56 PM

    How ignorant can you be?
    ————————-

    Vancouversportsbra? Really ignorant.

  33. oiler1980 says: Feb 16, 2016 7:35 PM

    I know baltimorons name sums it up for me but…

    What the heck is a hall of farmer?

    Insert moron here….

  34. jrossizzle says: Feb 16, 2016 7:35 PM

    Love to hear from all the Pat fans who said, “It’s a performance business, he needed to go”

    Don’t remember any games being played since Tommy was hit 20 or so times…

  35. patriotsticketssince1978 says: Feb 16, 2016 7:36 PM

    The Pats rehire their O-line coach and a troll fest ensues.

  36. MurdochMysteries says: Feb 16, 2016 7:45 PM

    For all the geniuses who are talking about Von Miller as some sort of a patriot killer: You do realize he’s been there for 5 years, right?

    He didn’t play against the Seahawks in the “ran into a buzz saw” SB, but he’s been there all this time. He only got lucky this year because injuries came out in the Broncos favor. You really think your team is legit? Show us what you got in the upcoming season.

  37. youknowiknowitall says: Feb 16, 2016 8:04 PM

    You know you’re REALLY the BEST when fans of the Denver Jackasses, a Vikes fan (who knew they had one?) and the usual pond scum crawl in to comment on an OL coach. NE will be back and your presence hear is proof that you know it too. Suck it, losers.

  38. bullcharger says: Feb 16, 2016 8:08 PM

    spartyistheclassofthenationinfootballandbasketball says:
    Feb 16, 2016 7:16 PM
    Because it was the previous OL coach’s fault that he was coaching a patchwork line with a bunch of guys who shouldn’t have been starting in the NFL so it definitely made sense to fire him
    Can you say scapegoat?

    ——————

    Why on earth would Belichick need a scapegoat? He just won a Super Bowl and made it back to the AFCCG. He was just doing his job and what he thought was best for the team, as he always does.

  39. GoodellMustGo says: Feb 16, 2016 8:15 PM

    OUTSTANDING move by the 4 time World Champions!🙂

    #StartWorryingPatriotHater
    #ImTalkingToYouBoy

  40. bullcharger says: Feb 16, 2016 8:19 PM

    doctormantistoboggan says:
    Feb 16, 2016 6:43 PM

    You can’t polish a turd.

    ————

    I guess you know from experience. I will take your word for it.

  41. GoodellMustGo says: Feb 16, 2016 8:20 PM

    Tee Hee🙂 It’s laughable to watch Patriot Hater think their wuss team is at OUR level.

    LAWL
    🙂

  42. bencoates57 says: Feb 16, 2016 8:24 PM

    This was the guy who taught that 85 team how to create and fall on fumbles. He was the main reason the Patriots went to their first super bowl.

  43. patriotsticketssince1978 says: Feb 16, 2016 8:27 PM

    youknowiknowitall says:
    Feb 16, 2016 8:04 PM

    You know you’re REALLY the BEST when fans of the Denver Jackasses, a Vikes fan (who knew they had one?) and the usual pond scum crawl in to comment on an OL coach. NE will be back and your presence hear is proof that you know it too. Suck it, losers.
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    One of the funniest parts about it is that there is an article about Kubiak getting the o-line position in Denver and nobody gives a fat rats ass. More of their fans are commenting here than in that thread. Most irrelevant Champion ever. Congratulations.

  44. patsfiend says: Feb 16, 2016 8:38 PM

    Excellent. Deploy him to the Midwest to scout draft prospects right away.

  45. GoodellMustGo says: Feb 16, 2016 8:42 PM

    Most irrelevant Champion ever.

    I’d prefer to think of it as the sports world revolves around the New England Patriots, the organization who all intelligent football fans consider the Greatest Dynasty that ever existed in the NFL and will ever exist in the NFL.

    That’s why people can’t stop thinking about US.🙂

  46. harrisonhits2 says: Feb 16, 2016 8:44 PM

    “Love to hear from all the Pat fans who said, “It’s a performance business, he needed to go”

    Um, ZERO Pats fans said Scar needed to go. Pats fan were en masse very bummed out when he retired a couple years ago.

    Scar is the best Oline coach in the league. Its great to have him back and the line will be far better next year as a result.

  47. mongo3401 says: Feb 16, 2016 8:44 PM

    Denver defense loves this move. So it how when NE is scraping retired people off the trash heap. The Oline sucks, no coach on the planet can improve that. Brady will now have to release the ball in .25 seconds to stay alive. Not a hater but time has passed and NE will now go back to what they were, also rans.

  48. deacon85 says: Feb 16, 2016 8:46 PM

    The Denver fans can enjoy their win, but it’s a whole new ballgame next season, and Dante has shown in the past that he can work magic with an offensive line. As a Pats fan, I want a rematch next year. Even with an O-line that was run over by Miller and Ware, the Patriots kept it close to the final seconds. Give Brady a health O-line, and one that is well coached, and I see a totally different outcome. What do you say Denver fans, want to meet again in January, 2017?

  49. factman66 says: Feb 16, 2016 8:50 PM

    The old saying is that leopards never change their spots or in this case cheattahs!

  50. uglydingo says: Feb 16, 2016 8:52 PM

    Turns out that Bill Belichick (greatest coach of all time) did have a plan when he immediately fired DeGuglielmo. Dante is back and he never should have left. Tom and Bill want another ring and Dante can fix the O-line mess.
    Yes, Patriot Nation – there is cause for optimism.

  51. tedmurph says: Feb 16, 2016 8:52 PM

    Thumbs down makes my day.

  52. patsfan4lifesbchamps says: Feb 16, 2016 8:54 PM

    IMHO Dave DeGuglielmo and the offensive line were made a scapegoat for Brady and McDaniels choking the AFCC game. It is up to Brady and McDaniels to adjust protection and come up with a game to handle noisy stadiums. It reminds me of how the Broncos were caught flat footed in the SB against Seattle. Our offensive line was better than Denver’s but they were able to make adjustments even in the SB. There was really no excuse to Brady getting hit that many times other than choking. Brady just doesn’t play well in Denver and it showed. We better hope we win the #1 seed next season and not go to Denver.

  53. patpatriot7 says: Feb 16, 2016 9:53 PM

    bullogne: Great posting name! or at least appropriate anyway. Did you watch the game? Ostweiler was the winning quarterback in that game, but the referees who called six consecutive penalties against the Patriots in the fourth quarter were responsible for beating the Patriots.

  54. RE LEE says: Feb 16, 2016 10:21 PM

    The Patriots hires a coach and haters come out of the woodwork. Can’t you just mind your own teams? You spend more time on the Patriots than on your own teams.
    Von Miller? Brady has been routinely hit by nastier players but he still gets up and score. Scored nine points the second half and could have won that game too.
    Lord Manning? The one who scored a total of ONE touchdown in 2 of his SB wins…3 touchdowns in all 4 of his SB appearances. THAT Lord Manning? How many touchdowns did Brady score against the Hawks in his last SB? More than Lord Manning in all his SB appearances.
    That’s the perspective… Chew on that…

  55. truthprofessor says: Feb 16, 2016 10:31 PM

    The center Stork tipped off the snap count for the entire AFCCG and the problem was never fixed in-game. That’s why DdG was fired.

  56. securb2013 says: Feb 16, 2016 10:35 PM

    Great news maybe they can get 21 yards in a quarter against the Dolphins in a quarter next year.

  57. joseferreira1967 says: Feb 16, 2016 10:51 PM

    The perspective the a guy who’s won 4 Superbowls in New England needed a scapegoat after losing the AFCC by 2 points is ludricous.

    By the way, Matt Patricia cost us the game by calling two pathetic red zone coverages on both of Denver’s touchdowns. Collins was clearly outmatched on both against an average tight end. That falls entirely on Patricia’s shoulders!

    Apparently the world champions’ fans are afraid of New England.

    I totally understand and sympathize. The fear is warranted.

    Even after hitting Tom 20 times and sacking him I don’t know how many, they still only won by 2 points, with 21 guys on injured reserve and guys who are the backup of the backup starting the game on the OL!

  58. solo681 says: Feb 17, 2016 9:07 AM

    Scarnecchia still needs some Big Bad Players to get the job done.

    Jonathan Kraft, wake up and realize that every year going forward could be Brady’s last. Go all out and get a real dominant nasty OLine. He really is a great QB that your team needs on his feet.

  59. mototax says: Feb 17, 2016 9:19 AM

    I wonder if the Panther’s O-Line coach is still employed.

  60. streetyson says: Feb 17, 2016 10:52 AM

    uglydingo says:
    Feb 16, 2016 8:52 PM
    Turns out that Bill Belichick (greatest coach of all time) did have a plan when he immediately fired DeGuglielmo.
    —————–
    Gug wasn’t fired – his 2yr contract ended and wasn’t renewed. BB hasn’t simply “fired” anyone (at least not for football – Hernandez was a different matter), that I can recall since he became Pats’ HC 15yrs ago.

  61. fanofpft says: Feb 17, 2016 7:29 PM

    Take Dallas Thomas / Billy Turner please.

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