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New England Patriots links 1/29/20 - Dante Scarnecchia retirement end of an era

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  • Mike Reiss takes a look back to see what the Patriots WR corps might look like in 2020. “the Patriots have some offseason work to do at receiver, but also...things aren’t as bleak as they might appear.”
  • Phil Perry takes an in-depth look at the Patriots tight end depth and examines what names might be available in free agency.
  • Ryan Hannable relays Bill Belichick’s and Robert Kraft’s praise of Dante Scarnecchia following his retirement announcement.
  • Phil Perry notes the respect with which his players speak of him is only part of what made Dante Scarnecchia a giant among coaches. One player made it clear: There will never be another “Scar.”
  • Phil Perry calls this the end of an era in New England.
  • David Latham (LastWordOnSports) Scarnecchia retirement: How New England moves on. 1. Promote from within.
  • Zack Cox gives us four takeaways from Dante Scarnecchia’s retirement. 1. Patriots now have another hole to fill on their coaching staff.
  • Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) Report: Patriots OL coach Dante Scarnecchia to retire; The most obvious in-house candidates to replace him.
  • Sean T. McGuire says this isn’t Scarnecchia’s first retirement, but it sure sounds like it will be his last.
  • Justin Leger relays Tom Brady as he reacts to Dante Scarnecchia’s retirement with a heartfelt message.
  • Evan Lazar makes the case that Dante Scarnecchia’s next stop should be the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
  • Doug Kyed points to Rob Gronkowski for his major influence over showy Super Bowl LIV tight ends.
  • Nick Goss notes Rob Gronkowski believes Tom Brady ‘deserves’ a chance to test the free agent market.
  • Darren Hartwell highlights Rod Woodson’s powerful message to Robert Kraft about Tom Brady’s free agency.
  • Ryan Hannable highlights WEEI guest Boomer Esiason: Tom Brady, Jimmy Garoppolo genuinely like each other.
  • Doug Kyed relays Jimmy Garoppolo on when he felt ready to start for the Patriots. /This puts to bed any theory that he would have signed an extension to continue to sit behind Brady.
  • CBS Boston notes Jimmy Garoppolo shares some details of Bill Belichick’s congratulatory postgame text messages. Asked if Belichick ever uses any emojis or hip internet slang: “What do you think? Do you think he uses them? He’s a big SnapFace guy, so … .” /”hip internet slang”? That’s an old-man question right there.
  • Ryan Hannable reports Bill O’Brien and Jack Easterby get promotions in Houston, which likely closes the door for Nick Caserio.
  • Tom E. Curran writes that when the 28-3 blame gets handed out, it mostly falls on the shoulders of one man, Kyle Shanahan.
  • Ron Borges (MavenSports) Will Richard Seymour be second member of Pats’ dynasty to reach Hall of Fame?
  • Ian Glendon (FullPressCoverage) Identifying the potential landing spots for Philip Rivers.
  • Marcus Kwesi O’Mard reveals the results of a survey that names Boston as the No. 2 city for football fans.
  • Robert Alvarez (PatsFans) A look back to the day Robert Kraft purchased the Patriots.
  • Robert Alvarez (PatsFans) Bill Belichick releases statement on the passing of Kobe Bryant.
  • One Patriots Place podcast: Thomas Murphy and Steve Balestrieri talk Super Bowl and Free Agency with Matt Chatham. (53 min.)