Retired coach Dante Scarnecchia will help the Patriots at the NFL combine

The former offensive-line coach will aid the Patriots in a search for future talent.

Former New England Patriots offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia giving instructions on the sideline during the second half of an NFL preseason football game against the New York Giants in Foxborough, Mass. After retiring from the team in January, he was reported traveling with them to the NFL Combine.
Former New England Patriots offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia. –AP Photo/Elise Amendola

Despite retirement, former Patriots offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia is still lending a hand to the New England Patriots.

On Monday, The Boston Globe‘s Ben Volin and Nora Princiotti tweeted that Scarnecchia will be assisting the Patriots at the NFL Combine. The 72-year old was spotted on a plane to Indianapolis Monday afternoon.

Scarnecchia announced his retirement in January. He spent 34 of his 36 NFL seasons with the team and worked under several head coaches including Ron Meyer, Raymond Berry, Dick MacPherson, Bill Parcells, Pete Carroll, and Bill Belichick. Hired in 1982, he had a brief stint with the Indianapolis Colts only to return to New England in 1991.

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He made a lasting impression on the program over the years, coaching in 49 of their 58 playoff games, clinching five Super Bowl titles, and was awarded Sports Illustrated’s Assistant Coach of the Year in 2007.

“It was a privilege to coach with Dante for so long,” Belichick said after Scarnecchia’s retirement was announced. “I knew that long before his initial retirement and throughout a second act of continued excellence. Dante is among the very best assistant coaches ever.”

Scarneechia’s expertise will aid the Patriots at the Combine as they look for a contender for the No.23 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. It is scheduled for April 23-25 in Las Vegas.

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