More coaching changes are being made in Foxboro, as longtime offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia has announced that he is retiring. The news was first reported by Mike Reiss, of ESPNBoston.com.
Scarnecchia was with the team for 30 years, which is unheard of in today’s NFL. This shows how much the Patriots organization valued him, and I am sure that adjusting to life without Scarnecchia will be tough for the team. Dave Deguglielmo will now handle the offensive line duties. According to Reiss, this move didn’t come as a surprise to the Pats, as he notes that Brian Daboll was acting as Scarnecchia’s assistant, throughout the 2013 season.
The impact that Scarnecchia has had on the team isn’t really tangible, but anyone that is close to the franchise could go on and on about how important he has been to their success. Even though we complain about how much Brady gets hit, when you think about this past decade with Brady under center, he has been protected very well. Scarnecchia isn’t always given top draft picks either, as he has had to work with guys that were drafted in the fifth, sixth, and seventh rounds. Losing Scar is definitely a big loss for the Pats, but I am positive that Belichick has been ready for the move, and life will go on in New England.