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Patriots Parting Ways with OL Coach Dave DeGuglielmo

After two seasons as the offensive line coach, Dave DeGuglielmo will not return with the Patriots in 2016.

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Yesterday, the Patriots offensive line allowed a season-high 20 hits on QB Tom Brady. The next day, the Patriots have decided to go in a different direction, parting ways with OL coach Dave DeGuglielmo. The Patriots added him to the coaching staff in 2014 after legend Dante Scarnecchia retired. DeGuglielmo had a rough start when the Patriots started off slow in 2014, but came off the hot seat when the line play improved over the course of the season.

In 2015, the Patriots offensive line went backwards. The OL play started off fairly well, but struggled in the 2nd half of the season. The regression of the OL in the 2nd half could be the reason why the Patriots decided to fire DeGuglielmo, and not just the horrific showing they had against the Broncos.

The next OL coach should have a decent talent base to work with. He'll have a solid LT in Nate Solder as well as a couple intriguing building blocks in G Shaq Mason and C Bryan Stork. The Patriots typically employ a Power Blocking Scheme with some Zone concepts occasionally mixed in. Even though the Patriots have a few nice young pieces, the Patriots have long term issues at left guard and right tackle.

The Patriots still use Scar as a consultant for drafting offensive linemen, with the Patriots drafting Cameron Fleming, Bryan Stork, Shaq Mason, and Tre Jackson the last two years. All of them were 4th round picks. Whenever the Patriots announce their next OL coach, we'll have you covered.