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A few minutes with Paul Fanaika

Post by Eric Williams on July 31, 2011 at 10:47 am with 17 Comments »
July 31, 2011 10:47 am

A family of athletes

At 6-foot-5, 327 pounds, Arizona State product Paul Fanaika is one of Seattle’s promising young linemen that could find his way onto the final roster in September.

The Seahawks signed Fanaika off of the Cleveland Browns practice squad at the end of last year to the team’s active roster, and he’s been getting some work with the first unit at right guard during training camp.

Fanaika comes from an athletic family. His mother Tina played volleyball at Fresno State, and his sister, Lavinia, played guard on Arizona State’s women’s basketball team.

“We’re out here trying to learn and compete,” Fanaika said. “Trying to pick up the system and adjust to the new things. We don’t really focus too much on the things that are similar. That stuff comes easy. We’re just trying to move on to the stuff we’ve got to get better at.”

Learning from the Cable guy

Fanaika said he’s enjoyed working with new offensive line coach Tom Cable.

“It’s been a blast,” he said. “I’ve had the pleasure of working with a bunch of good O-line coaches since I’ve been in the league, and Coach Cable is one of those guys. He’s a good leader. He knows his stuff. He’s good about the technique. He’s just all-around a great coach.”

A road grader

With the focus on improving the run game, one of the reasons Seattle brought in Fanaika is his ability to run block in Seattle’s zone blocking scheme. Fanaika already had experience in zone blocking from his time at Arizona State.

“I think I’m pretty good at run blocking as well as pass-pro (pass protection),” he said. “There’s areas of both that I can improve on. … But I would say my strengths are just coming off the ball hard on the run game and being stout in pass protection.”

Finding his niche

While the Seahawks primarily will use Fanaika as a guard, he also has the ability to slide out and play tackle if needed, and his hoping that versatility could help him earn a roster spot.

“I would say guard is my position,” he said. “But that’s not to say no that I’m not down to try it. I’m willing to do whatever for the team.”

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  1. Not to take anything away from this, but Schefter just tweeted this a minute ago:

    “It’s official: Seahawks and LB Lofa Tatupu decided to mutually part ways. He will be released and will be looking for work elsewhere.”

  2. edstang45 says:

    I’m really liking whats going on with the OL, I like the term road grader which hasn’t been a proper adjective for us for a long time.. a big stout oline will make any QB look better , make RB’s into Probowlers..From the beginning of last years draft i’ve been hoping for fixing the ol first..looks like we may be close..then we can start building the rest of the team..I like the moves so far

  3. GeorgiaHawk says:

    I’m liking whats going on with the OL too!

    A diamond in the rough? I see some blocked kicks and batted down passes in this kids future.

  4. they said that pierre allen couldve been a mid draft pick.

  5. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Mid draft pick? Wow what a catch!

    With all the veteran Seahawk dumping going on, I can see a few undrafted free agents making this team. I hope allen is one of them.

  6. Dukeshire says:

    I thought Rob Rang said he had Allen as a 4th round grade.

  7. williambryan says:

    I was concerned about depth on the line with a bunch of no name guys, but perhaps this Fanaika could be a good answer for that? along with Gibson

  8. Whew! Allen’s got a nice touch in that three point range!!!! Great anticipation under the basket….
    I’m with you Georgia!!! I’m thinkin this guy is good already, but has unbelievable upside…. Sounds like his health issues held him back in the draft…. How sweet it would be to have him healthy….

  9. SandpointHawk says:

    If we do suddenly have a TNT banner curse going on there is only one logical solution.

    Eric, please have the IT guy insert a photo of next weeks opponents.

  10. GeorgiaHawk says:

    I like SeahawkFan12s solution to the TNT banner curse! Put the 12th man up there. Let’s just hope that if they do that the curse won’t make the ticket prices go up!

  11. Soggybuc says:

    Can anyone think of someone who seems more uncomfortable being interviewed than Mr. Fanaika?

    Thats an awesome idea Sandpoint!

  12. Dukeshire says:

    It’s rather endearing actually.

  13. Chris Spencer just signed with Da Bears, guess we’ll see Unger at Center now.

  14. Soggybuc says:

    Indeed it is Duke. “what? me talk? on camera!?

  15. Soggybuc says:

    UHOH what does that mean for Kruetz? could we use a back up for Max? pride of Kitsap county after all.

  16. BobbyAyala says:

    Kreutz’ s last year at UDub was my first. Translation = Let the old man find a rocking chair to retire in, those knees have gotta be killing him.

  17. nighthawk2 says:

    Sounds like this guy can provide some good depth for the offensive line, which is something that concerns me, especially with the injury history of Gallery the last two years and Unger coming off an injury that kept him out all season. Good move to sign him last season.

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