Dante Scarnecchia opens up on life in retirement: 'I'm doing really, really well'

Ryan Hannable
June 01, 2020 - 10:48 am

One of, if not the best offensive line coaches in the history of the NFL, is no longer teaching blocking techniques to his players, rather helping his grandchildren learn at home amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Speaking to ESPN's Mike Reiss, recently retired Patriots offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia opened up on life in retirement.

"I'm doing really, really well," Scarnecchia said. "I helped with the scouting this year after I stepped away, and that was good. I spent a lot of time going over most of the guys in the draft, and then when we started meeting on it -- which was conference calls and all that -- it was as tedious as it could possibly get and another reminder that this isn't going to be easy for anyone. I contributed however I could, but by the draft, I was pretty much done with it all.

"So how am I doing? I'm doing great, as busy as I've ever been in my life. I do a thousand things around the yard, I've cut down a lot of trees and worked in my shop. Now that we're home-schooling our grandkids half the time, I spend a lot of time with that. So I'm very, very, very busy in retirement."

Scarnecchia admitted he would have had a tough time with the current situation of virtual workouts and meetings, as he isn't great with technology.

"I look at the landscape that currently exists relative to this upcoming season, and more in particular now training camp, because OTAs aren't going to happen, and say, 'Oh my gosh, this as it currently exists is not for me.'" he said. "Virtual meetings with the players would be a nightmare for me because I'm not techno-savvy. I don't like Zooming and doing all that. I've done it for 48 years. I think that's plenty, and I'm really, really grateful for every day, every year of those 48, and all the things it's provided us."

As for his replacements -- Cole Popovich and Carmen Bricillo -- Scarnecchia is confident they will be just fine.

"They're both really good coaches and both really good people. Very, very smart guys," he said. "I know no one has been named, and there are reasons for that, but clearly those are the two guys that are going to do it, and I think they'll do an outstanding job. The other thing is they know the players. It's not like they're new, coming in from the outside. They've both been around there -- especially Cole, who has been in the system for five years. Carm for one."

The 72-year-old also said he's looking forward to doing some traveling with his family in retirement.

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