We’re a bit late on this, but according to Adam Caplan of ESPN, the Patriots have re-hired offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia.
#Patriots re-hired Dante Scarnecchia as OL coach, source confirmed.
— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) February 16, 2016
Good news? Great news.
Scarnecchia was an absolute genius coaching the offensive line for the Patriots for a whopping 30 season before retiring after the 2013 season. And after New England’s disappointing finish in Denver (particularly up front), bringing Scarnecchia back shows Bill Belichick knows he has to do something to get this offensive line back on track.
Having said that, I don’t think the Patriots’ line is in as much disrepair as a lot of people make it out to be. Obviously they have issues that need to be fixed, but try and consider that they were playing without arguably their best offensive lineman (Nate Solder) against one of the best pass rushes IN THE HISTORY OF THE NFL. That defensive front was going to wreak havoc on any offensive line in the league, unfortunately the Pats were simply victimized the worst.
Getting Solder back will help, but I also think adding a better “swing” tackle is a necessity for 2016. Marcus Cannon got murdered in the AFC Championship, and if he is forced into duty again, Tom Brady might not make it out alive.