Dante Scarnecchia - The "Lineman Whisperer"
posted at 4/9/2012 7:23 AM EDT
I mentioned him in another thread, so it got me thinking. I don't REALLY know how old he is, his background, or much about him. So...http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dante_Scarnecchia
The man has 40 years of experience as an O-Line coach. 40 YEARS! What a valuable asset to have with this team.
Did anyone know he's been the assistant head coach since 2000? I didn't. That speaks volumes about the respect Belichick has. There is no other assistant head coach on the team.
He came here in 1980, and aside from 89-90, he hasn't left. He's held his position under:
D i c k Macpherson
And now Belichick.
I wonder if there is anyone else in the league who keeps his job, and a fairly important job, through so many coaching changes?
He must just love what he does, and really love where he lives. I've always respected him for the obviously good job he's done, but my respect has now grown immensly. Looking at his history, it seems fairly obvious he could have worked his way up the coaching ladder...if he wanted to. But he loves what he does, and doesn't go chasing fame or money, very rare qualities in any person, especially in the NFL.
I'd love it if a Boston writer would sit down with him and put a good article together, shine a little light on this guy. He gets attention around here because the Pats have very intelligent fans, but the man deserves a little more public attention and reckognition. Although, if he cared about that, he'd be a head coach somewhere probably. I guess I'm just selfish, and would like to hear some thoughts from him, and explain what he loves so much about the OLine, Pats, and Foxborough.
Good for him. He's one of the few that (presumably) gets to do what he truly loves, and he's VERY good at it.
Thanks Dante, looking forward to many more years of watching you put together one of the better lines in the league.