Dante Scarnecchia very critical of himself when asked about Patriots OL play

Ryan Hannable
October 29, 2019 - 2:41 pm

FOXBOROUGH -- Patriots offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia is one of the best assistant coaches around the league.

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So when his unit struggles, he takes it personally.

Going into Week 9, the Patriots are 23rd in the league in terms of yards per game, averaging 95.3, and are even worse when it comes to yards per attempt. The Patriots are averaging 3.2 yards per carry and that is good for 30th in the league. 

A good amount of this falls on the offensive line.

“We have to do things better. I have to coach better. I have to coach a lot better than I’ve been coaching, so I’d start with that, and we have to do things a lot better than we’ve been doing," he said Monday. "I have to coach better. I know what I really believe in, and we’re not seeing enough of what I believe in out there, so I’m not getting my message across. I think I have to do a lot better job than what I’ve been doing. I’ll just leave it at that.”

Added Scarnecchia: “No one’s satisfied with it. I think we have good backs, and we have to do better. We have to do better up front. I have to do better. I have to do a lot better. Let’s leave it at that. It’s not very pleasing.”

Certainly, the struggles are mostly due to injuries, and even players surprisingly retiring before the start of the season, leaving the Patriots short-handed up front. But, Scarnecchia is not one to make excuses.

The Patriots run game will likely have to wait to get back on track, as the Ravens are third in the league when it comes to stopping the run.

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