|Bill Belichick says Joe Fauria ‘quite a bit different’ than uncle Christian Fauria||11.21.14 at 1:07 pm ET|
FOXBORO — When Bill Belichick looks across the field Sunday at Lions tight end Joseph Fauria, he won’t exactly be reminded of Fauria’s uncle that played on a pair of Super Bowl-winning teams.
Belichick was asked Friday if he sees any similarities between Joe and Christian, the latter of whom played four of his 13 NFL seasons with the Patriots (2002-05).
“Yeah, I’d say their style of play is quite a bit different,” Belichick said.
Fauria’s most productive season came in his first year, 2002, when he caught seven touchdowns and 27 passes while playing all 16 games. As a matter of fact, Fauria didn’t miss a single game in his Patriots’ career.
“Christian really coming out of Colorado I thought was a little bit undersized, but a legitimate three-down tight end,” Belichick said. “Even though he was a little undersized, he had real good playing strength, he had good hand strength, he could lock on to guys. He didn’t get tossed around like some guys his size did. I thought he played bigger than maybe his weight size would indicate. He was a good receiving tight end. Not elite, but good. He was really an every-down player. When he was in his prime, he didn’t really have to come off the field. I don’t think you would have to take him off the field, you would do it situationally, but I don’t think you have to do it.”
In his rookie season last year, Joe Fauria matched Christian’s 2002 season of seven touchdowns but has none so far this season and has played in just four of Detroit’s first 10 games.
“His nephew really hasn’t had that kind of opportunity,” Belichick said. “They have [Brandon] Pettigrew and now they have [Eric] Ebron. They have a pretty good stable of tight ends there. He’s one of them.
“But they have pretty good depth at that position. Most of his opportunities have come more in the passing game. But I would say that just watching him on film, his blocking has improved. We played them last year in the preseason and he had a couple touchdowns against us. He killed us there. But I’d say he’s definitely improved as an overall player and I’d say his blocking has improved quite a bit from last year.”
Of course, the one area both have in common is touchdown celebrations. The Patriots got to see Joseph’s up close and personal during a 2013 preseason game in Detroit, won handily by the Lions.
“There you go,” Belichick said with a smile.
|Christian Fauria: ‘Inexcusable’ to be late for Patriots practice||10.23.14 at 1:27 pm ET|
During Thursday’s Middays with MFB show, Christian Fauria discussed how Bill Belichick-coached teams are run and how “inexcusable” it is to miss a practice. Fauria played for Belichick and the Patriots from 2002-05. This comes following a report of Darrelle Revis oversleeping on Tuesday and being told not to come to the facility. To hear the segment, go to the MFB audio on demand page.
“In general, as a rule, if you are late for a practice, which I have never heard of — listen, you only have 16 weeks of a regular season — I don’t know how many practices that is, and it’s not like they practice hard anyway,” Fauria said. “If you miss a practice, that is inexcusable. I can’t excuse that. You just know better, just leave.”
Fauria explained how much Belichick stresses to his teams that being late is something that will not be tolerated.
“Here is what Bill does: ‘If there is a snowstorm and Friday we have practice and tomorrow or there is going to be a lot of rain, there’s going to be flooding in your neighborhood, don’t call me Friday morning telling me you’re going to be late. I’m telling you now, Thursday, that I don’t expect you to be late — and I am telling you there is going to be flooding in your neighborhood. Sleep in a hotel the night before, sleep at a friends house, leave at 1 a.m., make sure you’re here on time. Being late will not be an excuse.’ It’s happened in the past, guys have been late, guys have been sent home,” Fauria explained.
The former Patriots tight end also noted the typical practice schedule, although he noted things may have been different with the Patriots playing last Thursday.
“Special teams meeting would start at 7, maybe 7:30, team meeting 8-8:30ish, but it’s a different week,” he said. “They played on Thursday, had that I guess, bridge version of a bye week and so I don’t know what their schedule was like because usually Tuesday is their day off. Since they had a bye week, maybe they had Monday off or maybe they decided to go in and work out on Monday and Tuesday was officially their Wednesday, I guess. So they get an extra day of practice since they had that bye week.”
|Tom Brady on D&C: ‘We’re going to go out there and play our best for’ injured teammates Jerod Mayo, Stevan Ridley||10.13.14 at 8:04 am ET|
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady made his weekly appearance on Dennis & Callahan on Monday, one day after Sunday’s impressive 37-22 victory over the Bills. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.
Brady completed 27-of-37 passes for 361 yards and four touchdown passes as he improved to 23-2 against Buffalo.
“I think all the guys, we made a ton of plays out there. It was really fun to be out there,” Brady said. “We’ve been making some improvements, and hopefully we continue to do so. I said after the game, it’s still early in the year, it’s great to go on the road against a team that is a good team, it’s always a battle against those guys.
“I know we’ve had a good record against them over the years, but they always play us tough. They had a great front, and the crowd was really jacked and into it. We went out there in the second half and did really a great job as a team, just taking the crowd out of the game and then going out and executing at a high level. That’s what it takes, that’s what it was all about.”
The Patriots had two bad losses early this season and now have put together two straight good wins, and Brady said it’s important not to overreact to either.
“Coach always says hopefully the losses act as motivation,” Brady said. “The only thing I would say, when you lose you’re probably way more hypercritical to your deficiencies than when you win. Having a tough loss like we did, we had a couple of tough losses this year, really understanding the things that we needed to do better hopefully can really serve a purpose for us.
“Like every week, whatever happened against Buffalo, it means nothing for what’s going to happen on Thursday night against the Jets. We’ve got to refill the tank and then go out there and try to play as best as we possibly can, because this team’s going to be ready to go. I know they’re having a tough year, but they always play us tough, they’ve got a great defensive front, it’s a division battle. We’ve got to put everything we can into. and that’s what you’ve got to do every week.
“You just can’t think this last game’s going to carry over to the next game, ’cause it doesn’t. Not sure if you guys understand that, but coach always nails that point home, and the veteran leaders really talk about that. So, that’s what we’ve got to do.”
|Christian Fauria on Dave DeGuglielmo: ‘There are some issues with his personality, there’s some issues with the way he coaches’||09.24.14 at 4:08 pm ET|
During Wednesday’s Middays with MFB show, Christian Fauria discussed the concerns about the Patriots offensive line and questioned whether Dave DeGuglielmo is the right fit for the team based on what he’s hearing about the positional coach’s relationship with the linemen. To hear the segment, go to the MFB audio on demand page.
“I have heard things,” Fauria said. “I haven’t heard from the Patriots players, per se, but I have heard that there are some issues with him as being the coach. There are some issues with his personality, there’s some issues with the way he coaches, with the technique that he teaches.”
Fauria said he’s researched DeGuglielmo’s background. The Boston University product is in his 10th season as an assistant in the NFL.
“He seems like a nice guy,” Fauria said. “Big guy, funny guy, loud, boisterous, engaging. But listen, he’s not Dante Scarnecchia. So, I think there’s some personality issues there. We talked after the Miami game, after the offensive line had so many issues, you started thinking if it’s not the players, then it’s got to be the technique. Because [Sebastian] Vollmer just didn’t automatically just get bad. [Nate] Solder didn’t just wake up in the morning and get bad. Solder’s been struggling since the beginning of preseason — the beginning of preseason.
“And the other guys that have been playing, they’ve been up and down. [Marcus] Cannon’s been up and down. Is it just that he’s just stiff and he’s lacking athleticism? I think that’s part of it. So, each guy’s got to be coached differently. And coach Gug, if he’s coaching the way Dante Scarnecchia used to coach, well, then he’s doing himself a disservice. Because he’s got to coach the way he needs to coach. He need to teach his technique, not take what Scarnecchia did and flip it around and try to use it himself.”
Added Fauria: “There might be some pushback on the technique that they choose. It’s hard. When you have success doing it one way for the long period of time that they have done it here — just offensive line technique-wise — if somebody else comes in and they say, ‘You know what? I want you to try it this way,’ there’s a trust element that just isn’t there. If you don’t trust him, if you haven’t had success with his technique, you don’t want to use it.
“And then sure enough, if you go out there and use it and it fails you, then what are you going to do right away? You’re going to go right back to the technique that gave you success. But you haven’t practiced it, so you’re not good at it. Next thing you know you’re going to get beat again. Now you’re going to go back and forth with each technique, and then you’re going to be right in the middle and you’re just going to get killed. And I think that has a lot to do with what’s happening to Solder, what’s happening to Cannon, what’s happening to Vollmer. I think all these guys, there are technique issues.
“Now, you will get beat just because somebody else is better than you. They’re going to have a huge challenge this week [Monday night against the Chiefs]. Huge. Huge. You won’t be able to hear anything. And that front seven is really good. Both on the bookends, on the edges and in the middle they’re good.”
|Christian Fauria on M&M: NFL ready to accept openly gay player like Michael Sam||02.11.14 at 1:04 pm ET|
Former Patriots tight end Christian Fauria checked in with Mut & Merloni on Tuesday to discuss the Michael Sam situation and whether an openly gay player can have success in the NFL. To hear the interview, go to the Mut & Merloni audio on demand page.
Fauria agreed that the Patriots would be better positioned than some other teams to handle a situation like this.
“We dealt with the [Chad] Ochocincos and we dealt with the Randy Mosses and we dealt with a murder [charge],” Fauria said. “So there’s really nothing that can really I guess surprise this team or they won’t be ready to handle. … I’m sure they’ll address it and then that will be it.”
Fauria said concern about how the league will welcome a gay player is overblown.
“I think the NFL’s been ready forever,” Fauria said. “You’re always going to have some knucklehead, some maturity issues by some guy who just doesn’t know any better — I mean, that happens now. But when I think about this, this guy, the unchartered territories, like Lewis and Clark-type stuff, and nobody’s ever done it before, how’s it going to happen — I think more importantly he’s a leader. I think the guys respect him for his playing ability.
“Now, whether he gets along with guys or not and how the coach has to kind of manage that, it has nothing to do with whether he likes guys or girls.”
Added Fauria: “Honestly, I don’t see it being a big deal as far as those guys adjusting to it.”
|Former Patriot says Bill O’Brien could take a cue from Charlie Weis when it comes to making an easy transition to new job||01.06.12 at 5:14 pm ET|
The last time a Patriots’ offensive coordinator decided to take a college coaching job before the end of the season, the transition went about as well as could be expected.
Prior to New England’s appearance in Super Bowl XXXIX at the end of the 2004 season, former Patriots offensive coordinator Charlie Weis agreed to become the head coach at Notre Dame. Weis stayed on to finish out the season — as well as the playoffs — before officially departing for the Golden Dome.
‘It was a hectic period, but all things considered I thought it went as smoothly as could be expected,’ Weis said in a statement released on Friday regarding the transitional process he faced. ‘I had a plan of prioritizing everything that went into getting the new staff and program up and running, but I also made it clear that compromising the job at the Patriots was never going to be an option. In the end, the results turned out pretty well.’
According to reports, New England offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien will follow the same path, sticking around Foxboro until the end of the Patriots’ postseason run before shipping out to Happy Valley to become the new head coach of the Nittany Lions.
Former New England tight end Christian Fauria, who was part of that 2004 team, said that O’Brien could take a cue from the way Weis handled his transition. Fauria said that throughout that process, there was ‘nothing changed at all’ when it came to Weis’ approach to preparation.
‘You didn’t even realize he had another job,’ Fauria recalled. ‘Things just went on, business as usual. That meant meeting times, film work, practice. Whatever. Every now and then, I would see him on the phone, but all in all, he did a really good job handling the situation. I didn’t even realize that he had another job.
‘I didn’t even realize how hard it was for him, because he never let on as to how stressed out he was,’ Fauria added. ‘Charlie handled the transition process really well.’
In some instances, NFL assistant coaches who have a team in the postseason have used that experience to find some leverage with recruits. When he left the New York Giants as an assistant coach to take over at Boston College, following the Giants’ Super Bowl win over the Bills, Tom Coughlin called recruits from the victorious locker room. In other cases, coaches have asked players to call and vouch for them to a possible recruit. But none of that went on with Weis.
‘He never asked us to call recruits, he never asked us to speak on his behalf, he never asked us to vouch for him with a possible player. It was all about the Super Bowl and the Philadelphia Eagles,’ Fauria said. ‘I know he talked about it at the Super Bowl with the media, but you never even heard him or saw him in a private moment talking on the phone before the Super Bowl.’
|A preview of Friday’s edition of ‘Patriots All Access’||11.11.11 at 4:37 pm ET|
Patriots All Access airs tonight on WBZ-TV at 7 p.m. and immediately following on Patriots.com. Here are a few highlights:
·Scott Zolak chats with head coach Bill Belichick about the difficulty of game-planning against a familiar opponent, and Belichick raves about the talent of the Jets’ special teams in the Belestrator segment.
·Steve Burton sits down with tight end Rob Gronkowski.
·Dan Roche examines the mood of the Patriots after rare consecutive losses for the team, and takes a look at the release of defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth.
·Zolak and Christian Fauria demonstrate ways the Jets like to get the football to wide receiver Plaxico Burress in the TURF segment.
Here’s a quick preview: