Tag:Jeff Faine
Posted on: June 30, 2011 8:58 pm
Edited on: June 30, 2011 9:05 pm
 

Gerald McCoy is buddies with Goodell

Smith and GoodellPosted by Josh Katzowitz

After NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith spoke with the incoming rookie class at the NFLPA symposium in Bradenton, Fla., earlier this week, the two decided to catch a little Buccaneers player-led workout action.

And somebody was REALLY happy to see Goodell.

That would be rookie DT Gerald McCoy, who hugged Goodell at the NFL draft and then bear-hugged him again during the practice.

"I don't know how my teammates feel about me right now," McCoy joked to the St. Petersburg Times. "I was his friend before the lockout. I'm not going to not be his friend because of the lockout. … But he was with Smith, so that's a good sign. I'm optimistic about that. When I saw him, I gave him a hug and everybody was like, 'Really?' I don't care. They'll get over it."

Maybe they won’t get over it as quick as McCoy would like, especially after the report by CBSSports.com’s Mike Freeman about the stalled negotiations from today -- after all, McCoy was fraternizing with the so-called enemy.

Other than McCoy, it seemed like players kept their distance from Goodell while Smith spent some time with Tampa Bay QB Josh Freeman and a few others.

But Buccaneers C Jeff Faine had one hope for Goodell -- that he saw something special while at practice.

"Hopefully what this shows to the owners is there's more to football than money," Faine said. "We're out here on our own dime, out here getting better and hopefully putting on a good product out there for our fans."

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Posted on: June 4, 2011 9:53 pm
 

Jeff Faine misses his Buccaneers teammates

J. Faine was delighted to bump into Tampa Bay GM Mark Dominik (Getty).Posted by Josh Katzowitz

One aspect of the lockout that has not really been discussed (at least in these parts) is the fact that friends that are used to hanging out this time of year have been kept apart by forces beyond their control.

Which, on the surface, sounds a bit silly, I guess.

But think about it: what if the dude who you hang out with seven days a week for a six-month span and consider a teammate and (possibly) a brother didn’t come around any more? Or worse, what if your employer made sure you guys didn’t come into contact because he locked the doors to your place of employment?

You probably wouldn’t cry in your beer or anything, but you’d probably be bummed out a little bit. Hell, you might even miss your boss (somewhat).

That’s the situation in which Buccaneers C Jeff Faine has lived lately, and the Tampa Tribune shares a quick anecdote about what happened when Faine found himself within spitting distance of Tampa Bay GM Mark Dominik.

Basically, the two were attending a local soiree in which the local sports heroes were being honored, and Faine and Dominik accidently conducted interviews within a few feet of each other.

"It's good to see Mark's face,” Faine told the paper. "I miss (offseason workouts) because I miss being around the guys. I had dinner with (left tackle) Donald Penn the other night and it was fantastic just to see his face. These are the guys you go to work with every single day. You have a relationship with them that goes beyond football.

"You're friends and this situation we're in right now is taking us away from our closest friends. I am an optimist at heart and the next couple of days will tell us a lot about what direction we're heading.''

When a big, tough offensive lineman is telling a newspaper reporter that it was just good to see his boss’ face for a few seconds, well, that tells you all you need to know about how badly some of these guys want to get back on the football field.

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Posted on: May 28, 2011 7:57 pm
 

Jeff Faine decides to attend workouts after all

J. Faine (US Presswire)Posted by Andy Benoit

A few weeks ago, Bucs center Jeff Faine dismissed the importance of the team’s player-organized offseason workouts. Faine essentially said that the workouts are only productive if the receivers are working against a full slate of defensive backs, and getting a full group together just isn’t realistic.

“I was actually invited,” Faine said on WQYK in Tampa. “I guess they wanted me to come snap the ball a little bit and block air. But I decided my time was best served in the weight room than making sure that our snaps were still good.”

In that interview, Faine did iterate that, overall, it’s a good thing Josh Freeman and the wideouts are working together. “It’s great for our young receivers and our young franchise quarterback to be able to get together and throw the ball around the yard a little bit and spend a little time together. They’ll hopefully be able to basically supplement what we’d normally be doing. But of course it definitely isn’t replacing the amount of work we’d normally be putting in, and that’s something that’s definitely going to be missed this upcoming season.”

Nevertheless, many listeners/readers came away with the impression that Faine was not interested in partaking. Indeed, the veteran (and Bucs NFLPA rep) skipped the first three sessions.

But Faine has since changed his stance. He wrote an open letter on TampaBay.com Faine wrote:

I don’t typically respond to blogs but I found it necessary to respond to a recent post when my dedication to my team and the quality of my character as a captain was questioned. The Buccaneers fans deserve to hear the truth directly from me. There is nothing more I’d rather be doing than going through the offseason program and preparing for the upcoming season with my teammates on our journey to compete for a championship…

As Josh (Freeman) well knows, the relationship between a center and the quarterback is of utmost importance and he knows that I support him completely in his efforts to prepare during the lockout. Although I missed the first three days of field work in Tampa because of prior commitments, I will be part of future sessions to build team camaraderie. As professionals, we are all accountable for our training and preparation regardless of where we live in the off season. I can assure you I will do all I can to continue to build on our team success from last season.”

If you think about it, Faine’s original stance makes the most sense. After all, in these passing drills, Faine will be snapping the ball to Freeman and then…what? There will be no opponents to block (at least in full contact) and no defensive looks to read. Maybe in exchange for his presence, Faine can lead some of his skinny receiver teammates in weight room sessions.

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Posted on: March 30, 2011 12:05 am
 

Faine expresses shock at Talib incident

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

On what has been a slower than average offseason news day, we’ve already discussed Buccaneers CB Aqib Talib, who will turn himself into police later this week after they issued an arrest warrant on a second-degree felony charge.

And we updated that original post with a brief statement from Tampa Bay GM Mark Dominik when he said, “We are deeply troubled by the serious charges filed against Aqib Talib. Due to current labor circumstances, we will withhold any further comment or action."

But Stephen Holder of the St. Petersburg Times went a step further and talked with one of Talib’s teammates to get more reaction.

And though I’m not sure many people were shocked that Talib might be in trouble again – given his troubled past – C Jeff Faine said he was surprised by what happened.

"I think for the people outside of the team, they wouldn't be surprised by this because of his history," Faine told Holder. "But me, I am a bit shocked. At the end of the day, at his core, he is a good person. He's had his issues. No question. I realize that. But it's definitely shocking."

I'm actually shocked that Faine is shocked.

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Posted on: January 21, 2011 11:42 am
 

Bucs fire successful OL coach

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

The Buccaneers have made an interesting – and if by interesting, I mean strange – decision to fire OL coach Pete Mangurian.

Considering, as the Tampa Tribune writes, he “took a young, patchwork group last season and molded a unit that ranked eighth in the league in rushing while protecting quarterback Josh Freeman effectively,” it doesn’t make much sense, on the surface, to pink-slip Mangurian.

Plus, Mangurian had to deal with injuries to C Jeff Faine, G Davin Joseph and T Jeremy Youngblood, and still, the Buccaneers averaged 4.6 yards per carry this year – a club record.

“I am pretty surprised,'' Faine told the paper. "It definitely caught me off guard.''

But according to the St. Petersburg Times' Stephen Holder, the decision might have been made because of a disconnect between Mangurian and offensive coordinator Greg Olson.

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Posted on: December 6, 2010 3:52 pm
 

Bucs lose Talib, Faine for the season

Posted by Andy Benoit

The Bucs lost more than just a crucial divisional game against the Falcons Sunday. Cornerback Aqib Talib and center Jeff Faine are both done for the season.

Talib tore a tendon from the bone near his hip flexor early in the contest (he spent the rest of the afternoon jawing with Roddy White from the sideline). The injury, obviously painful, will not require surgery. Faine, who missed a chunk of time earlier this season with a quad injury, is out with a torn triceps.

Talib will be replaced by E.J. Biggers, who is coming off his best game of the year. Faine was replaced by Jeremy Zuttah during his quad injury, but Zuttah has since replaced injured right guard Davin Joseph (also done for the season). On Sunday, Zuttah filled in at center again, and rookie Derek Hardman stepped in at guard.

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Posted on: November 13, 2010 10:33 pm
 

Week 10 injury news and analysis, part IV

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Panthers at Buccaneers

Tampa Bay center Jeff Faine, who’s missed the past four games, badly wants to get back into action after dealing with a quadriceps injury, while T Jeremy Trueblood (out the past two contests with a knee) looks to return as well. Both are questionable and game-time decisions.

Faine had full participation in all three practices this week, while Trueblood was full-go for two of them, but Buccaneers coach Raheem Morris wants to see how they look in pregame warmups before giving them the go-ahead.

For Carolina, RBs Jonathan Stewart (concussion) and DeAngelo Williams (foot) are out and won’t play. So that’s, you know, not a great sign for the Panthers. LB Nic Harris, meanwhile, is probable.

Lions at Bills

It looks like QB Shaun Hill will get the chance to replace the injured Matthew Stafford for the second time this season. Hill, who broke his forearm the first time he took over the Detroit offense this year, is probable to make his return to the game. Among the questionables for the Lions: DE Cliff Avril, S C.C. Brown, CB Chris Houston and CB Alphonso Smith.

Also, K Jason Hanson is out, and in response this week, Detroit signed Dave Rayner. Which is unfortunate, because I think all of us would have liked to see Ndamukong Suh take another crack at kicking point after attempts and field goals.

Three players Buffalo really could use this week are out, including LB Andra Davis, LB Shawne Merriman, and WR Roscoe Parrish.

Eagles at Redskins

There are seven Washington players on the injury report. All of them are questionable. They include OT Stephon Heyer, S LaRon Landry  QB Donovan McNabb, LB Brian Orakpo, WR Brandon Banks, RB Clinton Portis, and RB Ryan Torain.

Of those seven, Portis won’t play but Torain will, along with McNabb. A decision about Banks will be made gametime. The Redskins would like to have him back, because he’s been so good as a return specialist.

Eagles G Max Jean-Gilles, who’s been feeling the effects of a concussion, was cleared to play today. He remains questionable, though, on the injury report. Meanwhile, G Nick Cole is probable, and coach Andy Reid hasn’t determined who will start between the two of them.

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Posted on: November 6, 2010 6:57 pm
 

Week 9 injury report analysis Part III

Posted by Andy Benoit

Bucs @ Falcons

The Bucs will once again be without starting offensive linemen Jeff Faine (quad) and Jeremy Trueblood (knee). Also missing is fullback Earnest Graham, which is noteworthy because his lead-blocking abilities fit perfectly in what has become a strict power run approach for this offense. Wideout Sammie Stroughter did not practice all week due to a foot injury. Thus, rookie Arrelious Benn has a chance to start carving out a true niche in this offense (Benn caught a 53-yard touchdown pass last week, but that’s basically been the extent of his contributions).

The Falcons likely will not have OLB Sean Weatherspoon; the first-round rookie has been out since Week 5 with a knee injury. Fullback Ovie Mughelli is questionable with a hamstring. That’s crucial because Atlanta’s best approach against this Tampa Bay D is to pound them between the tackles on the ground.

Saints @ Panthers

Does Drew Brees have a fractured knee and torn meniscus or not? The Saints are saying no – in fact, Brees is not even listed on the injury report. Running backs Reggie Bush and Pierre Thomas are both still out (Bush is technically listed as doubtful this week). Rookie CB Patrick Robinson is out with an ankle, though the Panthers do not have the aerial firepower to take advantage anyway. Besides, both Saints starting corners, Tracy Porter and Jabari Greer, who missed the Steeler game, are probable after practicing all week.

Carolina’s 28th-ranked rushing attack will once again be missing RT Jeff Otah (knee) and RB DeAngelo Williams (foot).

Giants @ Seahawks

No Shaun O’Hara for New York. Thus, Adam Koets, who has decent movement skills but lacks O’Hara’s nastiness and veteran shrewdness at the second level in the run game, will be the fulcrum of the offensive line. The Giants are coming off a bye, which explains why basically everyone else (save for OT Will Beatty and FB Madison Hedgecock) is healthy.

The Seahawks are starting Charlie Whitehurst in place of injured Matt Hasselbeck (concussion). Rookie receiver Golden Tate (ankle) is also out for Seattle. And, likely, so is rookie LT Russell Okung (ankle). Because Tyler Polumbus is questionable with a knee injury – and, frankly, because he does not begin to have quick enough feet to handle Osi Umenyiora – the Seahawks will likely turn to veteran Chester Pitts.

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