Report: Former OL Coach Scarnecchia Re-Hired By Patriots
After reports came out, a couple of weeks ago, that retired offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia and the New England Patriots had both shown interest in reuniting, it appears a deal has been struck.
According to ESPN's Adam Caplan, the Patriots and Scarnecchia have agreed to a deal that will bring the beloved assistant coach back onto the sidelines.
In the two years since Scarnecchia's retirement, the Patriots' offensive line has struggled, most notably in this year's AFC Championship game in Denver.
With Dave DeGuglielmo taking over for Scarnecchia, things never seemed to really gel for New England's front line of protection. While they managed to win a title in 2015, the team did allow quarterback Tom Brady to be sacked 59 times for a total of 359 yards, over DeGuglielmo's tenure.
Though Scarnecchia hasn't been on the sidelines the past couple of seasons, he has assisted the club over that time with draft projections for linemen.
Having a connection with the older players along the line and a knowledge of the younger guys that have been brought into the fold over the past two seasons should help Scarnecchia slide right back into his familiar position.