The Patriots announced on Wednesday that assistant head coach/offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia, the longest-tenured coach in the NFL, is retiring after spending 30 of the last 32 seasons with the team.
Scarnecchia will be replaced by former Jets offensive line coach Dave DeGuglielmo.
Scarnecchia, who turns 66 next month, was initially hired by Ron Meyer in 1982 to coach tight ends and special teams. He remained in that role until 1988, leaving for Indianapolis in 1989-90 to coach the offensive line. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.