Scarnecchia confident Trent Brown will work to bounce back after opener: 'He wants to do well'


Dante Scarnecchia knows Trent Brown well enough to know that he’s going to put in the work to ensure there are no repeats of Sunday’s performance.

Brown and the rest of the New England Patriots offensive line delivered a rough showing in a lackluster 20-7 loss to the Miami Dolphins. Brown has proven in the past that he can be a high-level performer in the biggest role on the line, but he had a penalty and allowed two sacks plus a QB hit in the loss across 56 snaps. PFF gave him a meager 65.7 grade for the performance.

Pats quarterback Mac Jones took a few shots in the game, with one such hit resulting in the quarterback getting back spasms. Put simply, he needs to be better protected, and Brown plays a huge role in that.

Scarnecchia, the Pats’ legendary former offensive line coach, told the “Greg Hill Show” that he’s confident Brown will put in the work to get back on track.

“I don’t know how much I had to do with any of (Brown’s rise in 2018)," Scarnecchia said. "Look, we were all in the same room, we’re all trying to get the same things done. And so, between the teammates that are all around him and the coaches that are in the room, you’ve just got to be demanding of a guy and say 'hey look, this is unacceptable’ and train them to do things the way they need to get done.

“He’ll do it, he’s a compliant guy. This is not a guy that’s gonna push back and fight back and all the rest of it. He wants to do well. And he will work at it, and I think they’ve got him in the right place. … When he gets out there on those guys, the 1-on-1s aren’t an issue, the schematic things that they all have to deal with, and that takes a lot of work going forward.”

Brown and the Patriots will get a chance to rebound Sunday against the Steelers in Pittsburgh.

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