Dante Scarnecchia says Patriots have to get Trent Brown ‘on board’ to be able to repair offensive line


“I feel he’s an incredible expertise.”

New England Patriots offensive tackle Trent Brown before an NFL football game between the New England Patriots and Las Vegas Raiders, Sunday, Dec. 18, 2022, in Las Vegas.
Trent Brown must rebound from a poor 2022 season at left sort out. (AP Photograph/David Becker)

The Patriots’ offensive line was porous for prolonged stretches in the course of the 2022 season, due largely to lackluster play on the sort out place.

If New England plans on righting the ship in a key space of its offense, it wants a rebound season from returning starter Trent Brown.

To this point, the 6-foot-8 sort out’s bounce-back marketing campaign has just about been grounded.

After not collaborating in voluntary organized staff actions (OTAs) in Foxboro, Brown was not current throughout Monday’s necessary minicamp as a consequence of reported journey points. When he was on the sphere Tuesday, he labored totally on conditioning drills and didn’t take part in any 7-on-7s or 11-on-11s.

On condition that the rest of New England’s depth chart at sort out consists of Calvin Anderson, Conor McDermott, Riley Reiff, and rookie Sidy Sow, Brown must ship as an anchor at left sort out in 2023.

Given Brown’s excessive upside, former Patriots offensive-line coach Dante Scarnecchia agrees.

“I like the child,” Scarnecchia mentioned throughout an look on WEEI’s “The Greg Hill Present” on Thursday. “I feel he’s an incredible expertise, and I might like to see him be there and all in and be capable of do the issues that he can do to assist the staff.   

“As a result of if he’s the participant that he may be, then you definitely don’t have to fret a lot about that aspect of the road of scrimmage, particularly in opposition to go rushers, and you may commit possibly no matter consideration that must be dedicated to the opposite aspect in the event that they want it. In order that’s the place they’re with him. They’ve bought to get him on board or do one thing with him to get him to play the best way that they want him to play.”

Scarnecchia, who spent 34 seasons within the Patriots group and was on New England’s teaching employees for 5 of the staff’s six Tremendous Bowl titles, coached Brown in 2018.

Below Scarnecchia’s tutelage, Brown developed right into a dominant left sort out throughout his first stint in Foxboro, solidifying a stout offensive line that helped elevate New England to a championship in opposition to the Rams in Tremendous Bowl LIII.

Brown was regular at proper sort out upon his return to New England in 2021, however his play dipped significantly final yr. Together with getting whistled for a team-high 13 penalties, Brown was tagged for eight sacks allowed, per Professional Soccer Focus.

Given the state of New England’s O-line, Scarnecchia confused that the Patriots have to do no matter they’ll to get Brown to reply in his fourth full season with the group.

“I feel the largest factor for him was getting him to evolve to the tradition and the room and the requirements that the gamers within the room had set for themselves over an extended time period,” Scarnecchia mentioned of Brown. “As soon as he realized that it was both fall in line or fall on his sword — it was going to be both one of many two — I feel he discovered the choice of falling in step with everybody else. I feel that the fellows within the room had so much to do with it, too, from a standpoint of when he wasn’t all in.

“And you may inform. There have been days the place he would come out to observe and [you’d] say, ‘Aw, man, he’s not all in in the present day.’ You’ve bought two decisions as a coach: you let him learn about it, and also you say, ‘You ain’t training this fashion in the present day. I can let you know proper now.’ After which the gamers take over and say, ‘Hey, look, that is how it’s. That is what you’ve bought to do.’ And I feel as soon as he realized that — and there have been occasions the place, actually, periodically you needed to remind him — however as soon as he did, he was superb. And I feel that’s what it’s all about with him.”