With the struggles the Patriots' offensive line faced this year, it was inevitable that a change was going to be made. That came in form of the firing of offensive line coach Dave DeGuglielmo.
Bill Belichick briefly discussed the decision to not retain DeGuglielmo:
“Dave’s contract is up,” Belichick said, via the Providence Journal. “We talked after the game. We’re going to go in different directions on that one. I really have a lot of respect for Dave. We obviously had a lot of success offensively last year and this year. Appreciate all his efforts and all he did for us. Wish him well in whatever his future brings, but there will be some type of a transition at that position.”
The Patriots were spoiled with having Dante Scarnecchia as their offensive line coach for a little over 20 years. Scarnecchia brought so much stability and consistency to what was usually a strength of the team during their Super Bowl-winning seasons and beyond.
But now, it's the biggest weakness on the team. So for the second time since 2013, they'll be looking for a new offensive line coach. Hopefully the next one lasts longer than DeGuglielmo did.
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