Monday, July 30, 2012

Continuity of O-line coach a huge benefit for Brady

Photo: Jack Newton, Flickr 

Tom Brady has had plenty of moving parts at receiver and multiple offensive coordinators during his 13 years with the Patriots.

But one thing has been consistent throughout his Hall-of-Fame career (besides success) -- the offensive line play.

Brady's offensive line has been mostly steady in terms of personnel, but more importantly, he's had the luxury of playing behind an unit led by one of the league's premier positional coaches in Dante Scarnecchia.

"(Scarnecchia's) been coaching the line since I got here and like I said, his style is – he’s a great coach," Brady told the media Saturday. "He expects nothing but the best from those guys every single day. He coaches them hard. He coaches them hard in the spring, he coaches them hard in the summer [and] he coaches them hard in the fall.

"He’s a demanding coach and I think he gets the best out of every player that he’s got. That’s what it takes."

With longtime tackle Matt Light retiring, second-year Patriot Nate Solder taking over the left side, guard Logan Mankins battling an injury, reported poor practice efforts from center Dan Koppen and guard Dan Connolly and the absence of veteran Brian Waters from camp so far, among other depth issues, New England's offensive front appears to be a little shaky entering 2012.

Brady, however, has enough faith in Scarnecchia to not be worried. And judging by Scarnecchia's resume, it's hard to argue, for now.

"You have to have a good offensive line to win football games," Brady said. "We’ve had a great one since I got here and I have lot of confidence in those guys, whoever’s in there. When you're a quarterback out here, you’re just kind of going in with whoever’s in there.

"I'm not worried about their job; I’m trying to go out there and really execute mine."

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