Dante Scarnecchia was spotted on a flight to Indianapolis on Tuesday. And shortly after touchdown, it was learned why.
According to Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald, the retired New England Patriots offensive line coach has returned to work on a temporary basis through the 2015 NFL draft. He will be in Indianapolis this week for the NFL Scouting Combine, prior serving under an advising capacity leading up to the draft, which is set for April 30 through May 2.
The 67-year-old Scarnecchia retired following the 2013 season, after 32 years in the league and 30 in the Patriots organization. He left having a played a fundamental role in the selections of Florida State center Bryan Stork and Stanford tackle Cameron Fleming last May, but also the uncountable selections and undrafted signings before them.
His eye for talent, and his ability to teach what talent cannot, is something head coach Bill Belichick and the Patriots still hold in high regard.
Former Patriots special teams coach Scott O’Brien, who retired from coaching earlier this month, is also with Scarnecchia and other members of the organization in Indianapolis.