Patriots' assistant coach Dante Scarnecchia retiring

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FOXBOROUGH -- Dante Scarnecchia is retiring after spending 30 of the past 32 seasons as an assistant coach with the New England Patriots.

The 65-year-old Scarnecchia has been their offensive line coach since 1999 and also has served as assistant head coach since Bill Belichick became coach in 2000.

Dave DeGuglielmo has been selected to succeed Scarnecchia as offensive line coach less than a week after being hired for that position at Maryland. His last previous coaching job was as offensive line coach for the New York Jets in 2012, his ninth as an NFL assistant.

The moves come one day after Pepper Johnson said he was leaving after 14 seasons as a Patriots defensive assistant, the past two as linebackers coach.


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