“You Can See It Right Now In His Play”

October 1st, 2021

Tom Brady friend and former coach talks Tampa Bay play.

Bill Belicheat’s iconic offensive line coach for 20 years, Dante Scarnecchia, was talking all things Tom Brady and Bill Belicheat this week.

Man, Joe’s really been enjoying all the football legends being interviewed this week as part of the Brady-Belicheat hype.

Scarnecchia is a fiery personality, even at 73 years old and two years into retirement. Joe could listen to this guy talk football all day.

Speaking on SiriusXM NFL Radio, Scarnecchia noted he keeps a close watch on Brady in Tampa. And the iconic assistant was asked a basic question about whether and how Brady makes an offensive line better

“It’s an absolutely accurate statement,” Scarnecchia began. “The reason he makes them better is [precision] rhythm in the passing game.”

“You can see it right now in his play. … His anticipation. His ability to diagnose before the ball is snapped and to diagnose after the ball is snapped is as good as anyone in the game. … The ball usually gets out in time.”

In betwen those quotes, Scarnecchia noted Brady’s specific dropbacks, counting and recognition.

Often centers make offensive line calls and identify the “Mike” linebacker at the line of scrimmage, but not when Brady is QB. Scarnecchia reflected on how even as a rookie backup way down the Patriots’ depth chart, Brady always wanted to call out all the protections and line changes, not the center.

“I want all this on my shoulders,” Scarnecchia said was Brady’s mantra. “He never, ever backed away from it one time. He wanted that responsibility.”

This week on The Salty Dogs podcast from the Buccaneers, Alex Cappa talked about how Brady takes care of the offensive line by holding the ball as long — or not as long — as they’re willing to block, and expressing that concept to the line regularly.

Perhaps Brady can next show them how to run block to accommodate the Bucs’ suddenly impotent run game.

11 Responses to ““You Can See It Right Now In His Play””

  1. JimmyJack Says:

    Yeah you can really see the difference on how Brady sets up his protection. Everybody seems to be on the same page. His throwing lanes are way more open then we have seen in the past.

    Even though Winston is a hot button issue, look at the difference we see on his new team. That was considered one of the best Lines in football and they are taking a step backwards out of sync in protection.

    You typically see great QBs have great lines in front of them. These teams arent just great at getting good lineman. The QB is a huge part of it.

  2. PassingThru Says:

    Yep, all good QBs get into a rhythm, precision is just one of the desirable benefits from that rhythm. I’ve said this before, it is true of all quality QBs. Brady is more rhythm-oriented than most; those dry spells you saw during the Atlanta game? That was when the Bucs attempted to grind it out on the ground early in the second half. The ground game went nowhere and Brady had trouble reviving the passing game. Eventually he got back into the rhythm and the Bucs were able to move the ball again.

  3. PassingThru Says:

    I wish Dante Scarnecchia would come out of retirement and coach the Bucs O Line.

  4. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    It is very very doubtful that Dante Scarnecchia would ever leave Boston, to coach here in Tampa.
    Wanna know why ?
    Because Dante Scarnecchia is quite Italian, and would never leave all that Great Italian Food in the north end of Boston, LOL

  5. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Bucs have a very good Oline coach…..Tom Brady….

    I’ve noticed that most of Brady’s sacks are because he held the ball just a second too long….he’s looking for an open receiver and there isn’t one…

    He’ll take a sack or throw it away rather than a risk.

  6. JimmyJack Says:

    Passing Thru……I didnt see it that way in the Atlanta game. Looked to me that pressure was getting to Brady and a few hits got h I’ll m off his game.

    Perfect example was the drive after the fumble Brady looked way out of sync……..I dont remeber the result but the next drive after that Bryron called a couple of runs back to back and it seemed to help Tom get more settled……i wanna say we scored a TD on that drive.

    That said late in the game Brady made some unbelievable throws under bigtime pressure…….No matter what the guy is clutch.

    Our 1st game against Atlanta last year was similar where they broke down our protection nicely and got to Tom. Not sure what they know but looks like they got sonething figured out.

  7. Jen Says:

    Oh, he worked with them on the run blocking this week. That for sure!

  8. PassingThru Says:

    Oh man Chris, that North End Italian cuisine is freaking great. That’s the one thing the Northeast has… great “Little Italy” Italian restaurants and delis: New Haven, Boston and Manhattan.

  9. Youngbucs Says:

    Like I told clowns here all along they really know nothing about football. Bress Manning and Brady all help their offensive lines a lot. Sacks and hits are going to happen. But I will repeat there’s levels to playing QB the most important position in football!!!!!

  10. unbelievable Says:

    Perhaps Brady can next show them how to run block to accommodate the Bucs’ suddenly impotent run game.

    :: rimshot! ::

    And also 100% accurate.

  11. mg Says:

    The one thing the Northeast has is plenty of Massholes.