Dante Scarnecchia, Ivan Fears plan on returning to Patriots next season

Ryan Hannable
January 28, 2019 - 10:38 pm

ATLANTA -- The Patriots should have their two longest tenured coaches back next season.

Both offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia and running backs coach Ivan Fears indicated to WEEI.com at Super Bowl Opening Night they plan on coaching again next season. 

Scarnecchia was with the Patriots from 1982-88 and then has been from 1991 until now, but took 2014 and 2015 off. Meanwhile, Fears was in New England from 1991-92, but then returned in 1999 and has been with the organization ever since.

“Yeah, I do [appreciate coaching with Ivan]," Scarnecchia said. "I think more over the last three years since I came back, and I really appreciate Ivan for what he is. He’s a really good football coach. Our offices, we are in cubicles and they are kind of open. Ivan sits eight feet from me. On the other side of my cubicle is Chad O'Shea and any time we have questions it is just easy. It is such an easy process with Ivan.”

“I say how thankful I am to have the opportunity," Fears added. "I have enjoyed all of it. Every bit of it. It is kind of hard to shut it off. You don’t want to shut it off. That is the problem.”

As for when Fears might stop coaching?

“Bill [Belichick] tells me I can’t," he said. "Sooner or later my body is going to tell me, but I am not ready yet. Someone else will make that decision for me because I don’t have always have control over that.”

These two coaches are integral to the success of the team and is a big positive that they will be back.

Scarnecchia turns 71 years old in two weeks, while Fears is 64.

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