Dante Scarnecchia has high praise for potential new Patriots offensive live coach (report)


When it comes to coaching the offensive line, there are few who know more than legendary New England Patriots assistant Dante Scarnecchia.

So when it comes to a candidate for the Patriots’ next offensive line coach, it means a whole lot to get an endorsement from the guy who held that job for 19 of his 34 years with New England.

According to NBC Sports Boston’s Phil Perry, that’s exactly what happened with Adrian Klemm, who is rumored to be a strong candidate to take over as Patriots offensive line coach. Perry reports that Scarnecchia had high praise for Klemm after seeing the current Oregon offensive line coach/run game coordinator at work with the Ducks.

“I saw him there,” Scarnecchia said to NBC Sports Boston, “and said to myself, ‘This guy is tough. He’s demanding. He communicates well.’ He did a nice job with those guys.”

Klemm, who was Bill Belichick’s first-ever Patriots draft pick in 2000, interviewed for the Patriots offensive coordinator job before the team opted to give the spot to Bill O’Brien. However, the Patriots reportedly brought in Klemm for another meeting, raising speculation that the team could be looking to bring him in as their next offensive line coach.

The rumblings follow a peculiar year for the Patriots offensive coaching staff, with Matt Patricia looking to be on the way out as the team’s offensive play-caller and offensive line coach. With O’Brien taking over the OC role, Klemm could be in line to take over running the offensive line.

Klemm struggled with injuries during his playing career, which stretched from 2000-2005 in New England. However, he still left a positive impression on Scarnecchia.

“I didn’t necessarily know (coaching) was something he would want to get into,” Scarnecchia said to NBC Sports Boston. “But I did know his dad was a basketball coach in Indiana so I’m not surprised. I knew football was important to him. Unfortunately, he dealt with a number of injuries when he was with us, but he was somebody who always fought to get back on the field.”

Scarnecchia became the Patriots’ offensive line coach in 1999, the year before Belichick arrived. Scarnecchia held onto the job under Belichick before retiring following the 2013 season. Scarnecchia wound up returning to the job from 2016-2019 before ultimately calling it a career at the age of 71.