|Fauria: Seau Was Unpredictable On The Field|
by Jon Scott of Scout.com, May 12, 2012 at 3:29 pm ET
Christian Fauria Profile
Former Patriots TE Christian Fauria shared some of this thoughts on Junior Seau with the LA Times recently. Fauria who played for New England from 2002 through 2005, frequently matched up against Seau when No. 55 played for the Dolphins (2003-05)
Fauria told the paper that offenses could not rely on scouting reports when it came to lining up against Seau.
"Most of the time he would just kind of go where he thought the ball was going," Fauria said. "He would disregard every bit of coverage rules and gap assignments. He would just go to where he thought the play was going, based on what he looked at, what he saw."
Fauria described the key trait that made Seau invaluable to teams, instincts. Though Seau was an aging vet, he used his instincts to sniff out plays designed to fool less experienced or less savvy players. Seau was so instinctive, that when facing younger -- supposedly more talented -- All Pro blockers, he still found ways to get to the ball.
Those instincts allowed Seau to make 74 tackles, 3.5 sacks, 4 passes defended and three interceptions for New England in their perfect season run to Super Bowl XLII. He was 38 at the time.
Fauria played 13 seasons in the NFL. Originally selected by the Seahawks in the second round of the 1995 NFL Draft (39th overall), Fauria spent seven seasons in Seattle before joining New England in 2002. He spent a year with the Washington Redskins in 2006 and played for the Carolina Panthers in 2007 before retiring.
The former University of Colorado product won a pair of Super Bowls with New England; Super Bowl XXXVIII and XXXIX