New Arizona assistant Salave’a: ‘I don’t have any fluff about me’by Anthony Gimino on Dec. 23, 2010, under Sports
Arizona defensive tackles coach Joe Salave’a is on his first week on the job, and the players quickly are learning something about their new coach.
“I don’t have any fluff about me,” Salave’a said.
“I’m right to the point and I shoot from the hip. That’s why I like Coach (Mike) Stoops. What you see is what you get. If there is a concern, it’s going to be corrected. We’re going to lay it all on the table. Guys have to be responsible enough to respond to that.
“If you’re one of those soft-hearted kind of players, it’s probably not going to work out.”
Salave’a was definitely not a soft-hearted player during his time at Arizona (1994 to 1997) and through nine years in the NFL.
I used that quote as part of a larger story on Salave’a for FoxSportsArizona.com, and I also liked the following quote from senior defensive tackle Lolomana Mikaele, who is from Hawaii.
He told me that the Samoan-born Salave’a is very well known in the Polynesian community, and those ties are expected to keep open the recruiting pipeline that former defensive tackles coach Mike Tuiasosopo re-established for Arizona.
“In the Polynesian community, everyone follows each other, especially if they’re doing good,” Mikaele said. “Coach Joe, I had heard of him since I was in Hawaii. I knew who he was, and I had seen him play before. I know he’s all about work, man.”