|05.02.16 at 3:10 pm ET|
FOXBORO — WEEI.com’s Mike Petraglia and Chris Price break down the return of offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia and what it means to the future of the offensive line, new safeties coach Steve Belichick and his football relationship to his dad and recap the Patriots 2016 draft and what to expect from some of the higher profile selections in their upcoming rookie season.
|05.02.16 at 3:04 pm ET|
FOXBORO — The 68-year-old Dante Scarnecchia knows full well what he’s getting back into.
The new Patriots offensive line coach returned this January after two years off and on Monday, at Gillette Stadium, he strolled down the hallway from the team offices and explained why he came out of retirement.
“After the season, maybe two weeks after the season, my wife and I were out in California doing some stuff for the University of the Pacific and got a call and asked if I would be interested in coming back. Over the next probably 8-to-10 days, we decided to come back. Basically, that’s it.
“It is a tough decision because you get pretty used to a very nice lifestyle. I like retirement. Retirement was great. It was a lot of fun. We saw things we hadn’t seen ever, took trips and spent a lot of time with our grandkids. All that was great and, to a degree, it’s very hard to give up. We talked about it, my wife and I, and decided this would be a good thing on a lot of different levels, as far as the grandkids being able to come to the games for free and just be part of it all.
“And I like coaching football. I love coaching football. I didn’t retire because I didn’t like coaching football. I retired because I got tired of the lifestyle. After two years off, I’m OK.”
Scarnecchia, who still worked out the likes of Bryan Stork and Cameron Fleming in retirement, insisted that the offensive line problems at the end of the season that cost Dave DeGuglielmo his job did not factor in his return. “None,” was Coach Scar’s one-word reply to the question.
Scarnecchia, who began his Patriots coaching career in 1982, made it very clear that if it weren’t for the unique situation of Bill Belichick, Robert Kraft and the Patriots, he’d still be enjoying retirement.
“I think the number one thing is if you decide to go back into coaching, you’re kind of at the mercy of the business, that is to say, ‘Who’s going to hire you and where do you have to go?’ So, what makes it unique is that we’re here and everything’s the same and that really makes it easy,” Honestly, I probably would not have gotten back into coaching had I had to to go somewhere else because I was going by myself. She ain’t going. OK? Let’s get that straight. And really, I can’t leave my kids and grandkids. I couldn’t do that.”
|05.02.16 at 2:51 pm ET|
FOXBORO — Not many people within the confines of Gillette Stadium know Kevin Faulk better than running backs coach Ivan Fears.
Fears coached Faulk from 2002 to the end of his career in 2011, so he wasn’t surprised at Faulk wearing a Tom Brady jersey under his jacket when announcing the Patriots’ third-round pick Friday night at the NFL draft.
In fact, he knew Faulk would do something to support Brady, he just didn’t know what it would be.
“Fantastic. Fantastic,” Fears said Monday of what he thought of Faulk’s choice. “You know that’s my boy. If anyone could go out there and do the right thing — you know Kevin and [Tom] Brady are [tight]. You know he was going to do something. I was just waiting to see. I loved it.”
Faulk is also up for the Patriots’ Hall of Fame this summer and Fears said he has his vote.
“He’s got my vote, you know that guys,” he said. “He’s got my vote. What he did here and what he’s been able to do for this program for the years I have been here. The kind of guy, leadership role, definitely my guy.”
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|05.02.16 at 2:30 pm ET|
FOXBORO — After four years in the Patriots system, Steve Belichick was deemed ready to be a positional coach, as he was promoted to safeties coach this offseason.
“It means everything to me,” Belichick said in his first ever meeting with the media on Monday. “I’ve been around football my whole life so to have the support of the coaches and everybody else behind me to step up to a bigger role in this organization, I’m just excited about it.”
Steve is of course the son of Bill and they are continuing the family coaching tree as Bill learned from his dad, also Steve, when Steve coached at Navy from 1956-89.
The youngest Belichick said he’s wanted to be a coach since his first football play at four years old.
“I love my dad. He’s my role model. He’s my idol,” Belichick said. “I want to be just like him. I have since I knew what an idol was. It’s rewarding for me to be able to see him more and learn from him more because I’ve been away from him for high school and college.”
Belichick has done a number of different things with the team in his four years on the staff, working with every position. After playing four years of lacrosse at Rutgers, he walked on to the football team as a long snapper, playing with current Patriots Logan Ryan and Duron Harmon.
“They’ve been hard, but they’ve been a lot of fun,” he said. “I’ve learned a lot of stuff from a lot of smart people in this building. Players, coaches, everybody, so it’s been hard trying to learn everything and do stuff the right way, but it’s been awesome. I wouldn’t do anything differently.”
Added Belichick: “My responsibilities were helping us win. If that was breaking down film, that was throwing interceptions to the defensive players to make them feel good, that’s what I do. I’m here to win.”
He was a bit more open with the media than his dad is, especially when asked about wearing a hoodie, trademarked by his dad with the sleeves cut off.
“If I’m cold, I’ll put the hood up and warm my head up,” Belichick said. “It’s a good piece of clothing. I think everyone should have a hooded sweatshirt in their closet.”
|05.02.16 at 9:11 am ET|
|05.01.16 at 5:22 pm ET|
Devin McCourty’s wedding wasn’t the only Patriots-related event Saturday night.
Gisele Bundchen celebrated her book launch with a party at The Bowery Hotel in New York City. Besides her husband Tom Brady, Patriots owner Robert Kraft and wide receivers Danny Amendola and Julian Edelman attended the event, courtesy of Gisele’s publicist Amber Clapp on Instagram.
Many have wondered about Brady and Kraft’s relationship with the Deflategate saga, but Kraft offered his support for Brady Friday night at a draft party at Gillette and with him attending this event, it shows the two are just fine.
|05.01.16 at 1:24 pm ET|
On this week’s edition of “NFL Sunday,” former Patriots running back Kevin Faulk joined Mike Giardi and Chris Price and talked about his decision to wear a Tom Brady jersey to the podium at the draft Friday night, the fallout that ensued from his decision and the depth of his friendship with the quarterback. Faulk also offered his thoughts on the team going forward and life after football.
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