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    Your legacy is Dante Scarnecchia, the best assistant coach in the NFL.

    Here's proof of what he can do with a group of only "good" linemen: turn them into the most successful such group in the NFL.

    I know the article has already been linked to, but I think kudos need to be given the guy who MAKES sure it gets done.

    And it may be that Dante is sacrificing a little on his pension by staying with the franchise. We could be in the position of Indy with their great (signal stealer) assistant leaving Howard Mudd.

    We are truly blessed to have this great coach who came from the most unlikely of places: Southern Methodist University with Ron Meyer.
     
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    Not for a while yet; Howard Mudd felt he had to retire when he did because the NFL changed the rules so that coaches have to make pension decisions at age 65; Scarnecchia is 61.
     
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    Jeez, Dante has been around here so long I thought he was much older than 61. But don't tell him, he may kick my arse.
     
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    This is interesting.

    I always wondered what happened to Greg Randall, the starting RT for the 2001 season after he was dealt to the Texans. I had watched him play at Michigan State, very much a poor man's Flozell Adams, the Dallas Cowboys mainstay at LT.

    I know Randall-Robinson played a season for them, then seemed to drop off the radar.

    Truth be told, he hasn't been able to make the NFL and is seeking employment with the Canadian Football League.

    Greg Randall - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Wow, just goes to show you what Dante can do with marginal players.
     
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    Correction: he's now with the Arena League? Maybe it's time for Greg to become a UPS driver or something, earn a living a more traditional way.

    Poor guy.

    I don't think he can sink much further--there's no league lower than the Arena, is there?
     
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    AF2 or semi pro...:cool:
     
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    Yeah, he could be working in China.

    Show some respect. He's still making a living playing a game he loves. Good for him.
     
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    Something interesting about him even if it's over a year old...

    Six Super Bowls, but no head gig for Pats' Scarnecchia - USATODAY.com

    About why he chooses to stay here:
    About staying after head coaches leave:
    That working out was him becoming a defensive assistant, working to develop the linebackers that would be the core of the defense for years to come...
     
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    I understand, PJ, it's just that how does he support a family as he's falling down the football employment ladder.

    That's the first of 613 mitzvot: to be fruitful and multiply. I don't think his grip is all that sane, that's all.

    At what point does he need stability for his family, assuming he has one. If he doesn't, might that be because he's playing football like a circus performer, regardless of the personal cost?

    Another year, another league, another paycut.

    He does have a college degree after all. Part of wisdom is learning to let go of the dream in order to be more useful to himself, family, and society. He had a good run, enough already.
     
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    But the man is probably still doing better than 75% of the country and 90% of the world. Maybe his playing is an end in itself. He's doing what he wants and he'll have plenty of time to put him BA to good use. Why begrudge him that?
     
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    Or there's the example of Rohan Davey, who has fallen even faster.

    Greg, whom I've followed since college, still is 6'5" 3XX pounds. That size doesn't grow on trees.

    Rohan Davey has followed a similar progression with a most unfortunate ending:

    Star at LSU -> Backup for the Patriots -> Star in NFL Europa -> AFL 2 Starting QB -> AFL Backup QB -> Arrested for Theft

    At some point personal respect needs to kick in. Playing for the arena league as a backup after you've been on a world championship nfl team is vastly different from a guy a la Bull Durham pursuing his love and passion.

    "Know when to fold'em..."
     
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    Or maybe the guy likes playing football.

    Whatever.
     
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    You wouldn't want to be standing underneath in a wind if it did.
     
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    Not exactly, though I suppose you could say that wisdon is learning when to let go and when to hang on. Letting go is easy, hanging on is tough.

    Plenty of people give up on dreams when the going gets tough. Just because you would doesn't mean he should.

    He should be true to his dream as long as he wants, and if his family supports him, who are you to say that they should not.
     
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