Patriots’ Trent Brown explains how Dante Scarnecchia unlocked ‘best football’ of his career – MassLive.com

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New England Patriots offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia watches as his team warms up before an NFL football game against the New York Jets, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)AP
With Carmen Bricillo leaving for Las Vegas, the Patriots have a vacancy at offensive line coach.
If anyone doubts the importance of that gig, just ask Trent Brown.
When Brown arrived in New England the first time, his value was low. Bill Belichick only needed to trade a third-rounder for Brown and a fifth-round pick at the 2018 NFL Draft. In the months that followed, the hulking tackle transformed into an elite player that helped New England run their way to a Super Bowl championship.
One key to that? Dante Scarnecchia.
Appearing on Wednesday’s Pardon My Take, Brown was asked about Scarnecchia being one of the best offensive line coaches of all time.
The best,” Brown interjected.
The 6-foot-8 tackle said during his first season in Foxborough, the transformation began in a September game against the Jaguars. New England simply couldn’t get anything going in the Jacksonville heat. They weren’t moving the ball on the ground, and during the eventual double-digit loss loss, Scarnecchia knew he wasn’t seeing Brown play to his potential.
“He just cursed my ass out on the sideline,” Brown said. “That wasn’t a good game for me because I was still really trying to grow into a left tackle at that point. Then the next week at practice he cursed me out again. Some people would get down about it, but I was just like ‘challenge accepted.’ So from that point on, that’s probably the best football I ever played and we just grew to love each other from there.”
Brown really appreciated Scarnecchia’s coaching style. As a position coach, he was demanding but protective of his own players, and his diligence put him into a class of his own.
“I think it was just the attention to detail,” Brown said. “The love he has for the game and the love he has for the guys in his room. I think the things he’s willing to do for the guys in his room, as far as taking up for you, say in a staff meeting or something, where other coaches would just let whoever berate you and everybody else in the room. He’s not one of those guys that’s going for it. If anybody is going to talk (expletive) about his players and the guys in his room, it’s going to be him. Then he’s going to love up on you after. I think that’s the best kind of coaching there is, the tough love coaching but has your back.”
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