Originally written February 18, 2013 on Patriots Life:
The beginning of last season was a trying time for the Patriots offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia, but he was somehow able to make it work while losing pieces and gaining new pieces. This season is starting off with the same kind of feeling and my senses are telling me Scarnecchia has his work cut out for him once again. The Patriots scouts like what they see out of a player from Oregon named Kyle Long. Sebastian Vollmer is a free agent and so is Donald Thomas and with a line that seems to lack depth, if even one of those guys goes, the Patriots could be scrambling once again to keep Brady upright. Dan Connoly and Logan Mankins have had their troubles staying on the field due to injury and so with all these factors working against the Patriots it seems like it will be another strenuous preseason for Scarnecchia. Many people (including myself) think that the draft should be dedicated to mostly defense and I won’t change that stance, but am I pushing the envelope when I sa...
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