November 30, 2012

A patchwork Pats line still protecting Brady

The star quarterback remains in good hands, regardless of who's up front doing the blocking.

The Associated Press

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Tom Brady’s bunch of protectors is a different cast as new faces have stepped up after veterans either got injured or were cut. But step up the new players have done as the quarterback has been well-protected.

The Associated Press


WHO: Patriots (8-3) a. Miami Dolphins (5-6)

WHEN: 1 p.m. Sunday


Leading the highest scoring attack in the league, Brady is enjoying one of his most explosive seasons. The running game also has surprisingly flourished with second-year back Stevan Ridley seventh in the league in rushing.

Offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels credited longtime offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia for once again placing a formidable product on the field.

"I think when you talk about those players and the roles that they play on our team and the contributions that they've made, I don't think you can talk about them without mentioning Dante because he does an incredible job of preparing all of them as if they're all going to start and play for four quarters," McDaniels said. "He makes sure that they have reps. He makes sure that they understand all the communication and I have an incredible appreciation and respect for him as their coach."

The work ethic of the offensive line apparently mimics that of the coach.

"He's usually the first guy in the building," McDaniels said of Scarnecchia. "I think the way he works, the way he approaches his job, it kind of demands respect because all he does and all he cares about -- when he's here -- is making sure his guys are prepared to do what we're asking them to do in the game plan, and he really goes to every length to make sure that happens.

"I think the way they see him work, they immediately appreciate what they have in him as a teacher."


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