Dolphins Generations: Anthony Fasano And Joe Rose

Posted Jan 26, 2012

In Dolphins Generations, we ask the same questions to both a current Dolphins player and an alumnus who played the same position to see how their answers differ based on the era they played in. This week's Dolphins Generations features current Dolphins tight end Anthony Fasano and former tight end and current Dolphins radio analyst Joe Rose (1980-85).

Who is/was the toughest defensive back or linebacker in coverage you have faced?

Anthony Fasano: “Troy Polamalu. He plays unconventionally so you really can’t get a good read on him and he flies around. He’s athletic and quick.”  

Joe Rose: “It was the New England Patriots secondary because they had a really good secondary. Their linebackers did a real good job in coverage.”

Who is/was the toughest player you’ve had to block?

Fasano: “Either DeMarcus Ware or Shaun Ellis. DeMarcus Ware is a little more wiry and long and Shaun is a little more stout and more like a defensive lineman.”

Rose: “All of them. I had trouble blocking and I didn’t have to block much because I did mostly receiving.”

What tight end did you look up to growing up?

Fasano: “Joe Rose because I liked his toughness, dedication and his off-the-field ways.”

Rose: “Ted Quallick with the San Francisco 49ers. It was my favorite team growing up and he was a really good receiver on some of my favorite teams with John Brodie and Gene Washington, so I really liked watching him. My other one was Dave Casper who when I was at Berkeley he was at Oakland and actually came over and spent some time with me, so those two guys were really good pass receivers.”

What is your favorite play to run?

Fasano: “It’s called “Victory” when you take a knee and you’re about to win. I can’t think of a more favorite play because of what it means.”

Rose: “We had a 90 Takeoff and an 86 Go, which sent me down the seam and I loved that route. I loved that route when Clayton and Duper were on the outside because it really opened up. The safeties would go a little wider and I really enjoyed that.”

What is the most important asset for a tight end?

Fasano: “Versatility, being able to block and catch equally as good.”

Rose: “I’d say versatility and that’s why Anthony’s I think so good because he’s such a good blocker, but I think he’s really a underrated receive. I’d argue and debate everybody because he’s really good. People don’t understand in some games, like the Houston game he wasn’t asked to be a receiver, so he doesn’t get a chance. The game before he’s got three 20-yard plays and I think if they wanted to he could do that, but he’s such a good blocker and he has to help out there.”

What is/was your best asset as a tight end?

Fasano: “I’d have to say my hands and my ability to catch the ball in tight spaces and crucial situations.”

Rose: “I think I had a good feel for what we wanted to do and to help out. It never bothered me running down the field.”

What is/was your most memorable play?

Fasano: “The touchdown catch in the Wildcat that was thrown by Ronnie Brown against the New England Patriots (in Miami’s 38-13 upset in 2008). That got the ball rolling for us in that game and for the Wildcat that season.”

Rose: “For me it would be in the overtime loss against the Chargers when I had two touchdown catches. I had the one that tied the game early in the second half. We lost the game but that was such a fun game to be part of, even though we the lost. It was one of the greatest performances ever by a tight end (San Diego’s Kellen Winslow). He was unbelievable. He did everything but sell popcorn.”

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