Patriots: Four ways to protect a back up offensive line

October 10, 2021

The Patriots offensive line is banged up with as many as four starters possibly being out today. So, how will the Patriots get their back lineman acclimated to playing today? Well it’s simple. They need to do these four things offensively to make their back lineman comfortable and engaged in the game. 1. Run the football: Seems simple but the best way to get an offensive line engaged early is…


Patriots Training Camp: Offensive line preview

August 1, 2021

The Patriots reshuffled their offensive line this off-season by trading for offensive tackle Trent Brown. Brown played in New England in 2019 before signing a free agent deal with the Las Vegas Raiders. The signing was a disaster and the Patriots were able to get Brown back for a 5th and 7th round pick in 2022. Brown can play either right or left tackle. He is a mauler in the…


UMass: Improved offensive line will pave the way for a program looking to take the next step

October 13, 2020

Thom Kendall For UMass Athletics It is no secret that for the UMass football program to improve, they will need to play better along the offensive and defensive lines. It was a struggle for the Minutemen in the trenches last season. If there was one bright spot for UMass after last season, it was the improved play of their offensive line. First year offensive line coach Jim Jackson did a…


Patriots Training Camp Preview: Offensive Line

August 9, 2020

Joe Thuney has established himself as one of the elite guards in the league. The Patriots offensive line struggled at times last season with injuries and inconsistency. It showed in the performance of the offense at times and perhaps no player showed that frustration more than former quarterback Tom Brady. Brady is gone now so the onus will be on this unit even more now to protect a new quarterback…


Patriots Draft: Scouting Report on OG Michael Onwenu, Michigan

April 25, 2020

The Patriots traded up in the sixth round to draft Michigan guard Michael Onwenu. Onwenu was a three year starter at Michigan. Onwenu is thick at 6-2 344. He has long arms and plays with good power at the point of attack. Here is my scouting report on Onwenu. Initial Quicks: Onwenu has good quickness on the snap. Gets inside hand placement and can re-establish the line of scrimmage. Run…


Patriots: Dante Scarnecchia’s retirement leaves a huge void on the Patriots coaching staff

February 1, 2020

Offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia has retired after spending the past 34 of his 36 years in the NFL with the Patriots. During his illustrious career, Scarnecchia coached under head coaches Ron Meyer, Raymond Berry, Dick MacPherson, Bill Parcells, Pete Carroll and Bill Belichick. Scarnecchia was the only coach in league history along with former Steelers running backs coach Dick Hoak to coach 30 plus years with organization. The 71…


Patriots Pulse Blog: Positional Breakdown: The Offensive Line

August 7, 2018

The Patriots offensive line lost a big piece this off-season when left tackle Nate Solder left in free agency and signed with the Giants. Rookie Isiah Wynn was drafted in the first round as a potential replacement for Solder. While Wynn lacks the prototypical size to play the position, he is athletic enough to play left tackle. Offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia is beginning his 33rd full season as a…