Bill Belichick isn’t one to give away game plans, but Dante Scarnecchia doesn’t have the same kind of filter in his meetings with reporters.
During a lengthy back-and-forth with reporters, Scarnecchia said that the plan was for the Patriots to start Marshall Newhouse at left tackle with Isaiah Wynn currently on injured reserve. Joe Thuney will remain at left guard.
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Scarnecchia has said many times in the past, and he reiterated it during Friday’s interaction with reporters, that less shakeup on the line is preferred. That means if you can get away with a one-for-one substitution — Newhouse for Wynn, in this case — that would be better than moving a guard and then finding a new guard as a replacement.
Newhouse has been in the league since he was a fifth-round pick of the Packers in 2010. His experience level and football IQ allows him to pick up the system more quickly than most, according to teammates.
And Bill Belichick noted recently that Newhouse’s ability to pick up the system — he played both right and left tackle last week in Miami — might be thanks in part to his experience with the Bills, where offensive coordinator Brian Daboll is a former Patriots assistant. (Newhouse spent part of last season with Buffalo.)
“Although,” Belichick said earlier this week, “he’s only been here for a few days, he came from the Buffalo system where Daboll is, and I think a lot of the terminology, although maybe not exactly the same, is close and some of the same concepts, maybe different words or a different way that it’s called. But the concepts and a lot of things that they do and we do are obviously the same, based on the background and carryover from Brian’s system, and to what we do. So in terms of learning and all that, Marshall has a lot of league experience and experience recently in a similar system to what we run.”
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