Mankins adjusting to life without Scarnecchia

Mankins adjusting to life without Scarnecchia
April 17, 2014, 1:30 pm
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Dante Scarnecchia was part of all seven of the Patriots Super Bowl teams.

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FOXBORO -- The Patriots have all five starting offensive linemen from 2013 under contract for 2014. But there's one major change that's already occurred that will take some getting used to.

After 32 years in the NFL, and 15 years as Patriots offensive line coach, Dante Scarnecchia has retired.

Scarnecchia is the only positional coach Logan Mankins has known throughout his nine-year NFL career.

"It's going to be a big change," Mankins said in a conversation with reporters on Thursday morning. "I was lucky enough to have him for nine seasons. I wish that could have continued, but he put in his time and he earned the right to retire. Last time I talked to him, he's enjoying life right now, and he's staying busy. But it will be a lot different. That's the only o-line coach I've known for quite a while now so it will be a little bit of a change."

In Scarnecchia's place, the Patriots have hired Dave DeGuglielmo. The Lexington, Mass. native coached the Dolphins offensive line in 2011 and the Jets offensive line in 2012.

Mankins said he's met and spoken with DeGuglielmo, but there's still plenty of room for their relationship to grow.

"I have met him and talked to him," Mankins said. "We didn't really talk about too much, just got to know each other a little bit and talked about what he's done and what he has in store for us. He seems like a great guy and I look forward to working with him."

Regardless of who is at the helm of the Patriots offensive line, Mankins has certain criteria he'd like his coach to meet -- criteria that were hallmarks of Scarnecchia's tenure in New England.

"Me personally I just want a coach that's fair who's gonna treat everyone the same, no one on a pedestal," Mankins said. "He's gonna work us hard, not let us get away with things. I think I learned to appreciate that from Dante. He was a hard coach but he was a fair coach. We always knew he had our backs, and he demanded a lot of us, but I think that's what made a lot of us good players. That's why he was such a successful coach and lasted so long."