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 Post subject: NEP - old ways die hard
PostPosted: Mon Feb 08, 2016 11:36 am 
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Ha Ha, trying to bring back the other insider coach (who's son was banned then brought back for spygate2 in Denver) - Sarnecchia is retired, but since they couldn't get the outsider to buy into the 'Patriot Way', they need him back

Going outside has it's risks...... :) ... hing-staff

Mike ReissESPN New England Patriots reporter


FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The New England Patriots have an opening for an offensive line coach, and they have been in discussions with longtime assistant Dante Scarnecchia about coming out of retirement to fill the void, according to league sources.

While Scarnecchia retired after the 2013 season, he has remained around the team, primarily helping with evaluations of college offensive linemen entering the NFL. Scarnecchia's willingness to discuss a return to the coaching staff in 2016 is an indication that his retirement from coaching might be short-lived, as one source said that it would be a surprise at this point if he isn’t back on the Patriots sideline for next season.

Scarnecchia had retired after 32 seasons in the NFL, 30 of which came in New England (1982-88; 1991-2013). He coached the offensive line for his final 15 seasons in New England.

“Dante Scarnecchia is a Patriot and NFL legend who defied the phrase ‘not for long’,” Patriots coach Bill Belichick said at the time of his retirement. “In an industry of constant change, Dante remained a fixture here for the simple reason that he helped every player reach his highest potential, regardless of who he was, how he was acquired, or how much raw talent he had. In whatever category a coach can be assessed -- evaluator, teacher, motivator, problem-solver, disciplinarian, team player, winner -- Dante is as good as it gets.”

Scarnecchia, who turns 68 on Feb. 14, earned the 2015 Paul "Dr. Z" Zimmerman Award by the Professional Football Writers of America. The award is given for lifetime achievement as an assistant coach.

The Patriots hired Dave DeGuglielmo to replace Scarnecchia in 2014, but when DeGuglielmo’s contract expired after the 2015 season, it wasn’t renewed. DeGuglielmo has since been hired by the San Diego Chargers as assistant offensive line coach.

By Alex Marvez
Feb 4, 2015 at 2:00p ET

New Atlanta Falcons head coach Dan Quinn is adding three new members to his staff, including one with direct ties to the New England Patriots "Spygate" scandal.

A source told FOX Sports that Quinn has hired Steve Scarnecchia (assistant to the head coach), Matt LaFleur (quarterbacks) and Jeff Ulbrich (linebackers) as assistants.

Scarnecchia was with New England's video department from 2001 to 2004, which is when the Patriots were found to have illegally taped opposing team's signals. New England was caught videotaping New York Jets defensive signals in 2007, which led to the franchise and head coach Bill Belichick being fined by the NFL as well as the Patriots being stripped of a first-round draft choice.

Spygate's aftermath permanently tarnished the Patriots and continues to resonate today with New England being investigated for using improperly inflated footballs during the AFC title game against Indianapolis.

Scarnecchia's own reputation was further sullied while serving as Denver's video operations director in 2010. He was caught taping a San Francisco 49ers walk-through practice before a game in London. The NFL levied a $50,000 fine against the Broncos and then-head coach Josh McDaniels, who is now back in New England for a second stint as the team's offensive coordinator.

Scarnecchia was fired following the incident and subject to a review by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell before being allowed to re-enter the league.

Scarnecchia's hiring comes at a time when the Falcons are dealing with their own scandal. The NFL is investigating Atlanta for illegally pumping artificial crowd noise during home games at the Georgia Dome the past two seasons.

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"I think what we've done in 2013 and 2014 was wrong," Falcons owner Arthur Blank told the Associated Press on Tuesday. "Anything that affects the competitive balance and fairness on the field we're opposed to as a league, as a club and as an owner. It's obviously embarrassing, but beyond embarrassing, it doesn't represent our culture and what we're about."

Scarnecchia had served as the director of football operations at Syracuse University. He is the son of long-time New England Patriots offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia.

Steve Scarnecchia's role with the Falcons will likely be similar to that of Devin Bonik, who was responsible for providing administrative help to former Falcons head coach Mike Smith. Bonik will not be retained by Quinn.

LaFleur was Notre Dame's quarterbacks coach in 2014 after holding the same position the previous four seasons with the Washington Redskins. LaFleur will be reunited with new Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, who held the same position in Washington from 2010-13.


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