Offensive guru will return to the NFL despite rumors of his retirement NFL via Getty Images
FOXBOROUGH, MA - CIRCA 2011: In this handout image provided by the NFL, Dante Scarnecchia of the New England Patriots poses for his NFL headshot circa 2011 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by NFL via Getty Images)

Dante Scarnecchia, a noted offensive line guru, will return to the New England Patriots. Many expected, or really presumed, the 70-year-old would be retiring after last season. Obviously, those humans were wrong.

According to ESPN’s Mike Reiss, the veteran assistant coach was in attendance with the rest of the coaches when they returned to work last week. In theory, barring some wacky and unforeseen calamities, this signals his return for next season.

Scarnecchia has spent the majority of his coaching career with New England. Having started with the franchise way back in 1982, before you were able to talk to people on phones from great distances away from your house, as a special teams and tight ends coach.

He did leave the Patriots for a few year stint with the Colts before returning to New England in 1993,

Scarnecchia did retire once before. He hung up the whistle in 2014, but that only lasted two seasons, as the allure of violence taking place on blades of grass was apparently too much to pass up.

This is a significant deal for the Patriots, as the franchise does live itself come continuity.

Joseph has been covering college basketball for nearly a decade. He's also the co-host of the Off The Wall podcast. Marty Jannetty is better than HBK.
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