Tag:Chris Kuper
Posted on: May 8, 2011 11:27 pm

AFC West draft truths revealed

R. Moore (US Presswire) Posted by Andy Benoit

One of the best things about the draft is that from it we can find out what teams really think about their current players. Excluding examples of teams filling obvious needs, here are some of the more revealing draft picks from 2011, with a quick blurb of what the team was really saying by making this pick.

Denver Broncos

2nd round, Rahim Moore, FS, Broncos
We too can read Brian Dawkins’ bio: born October 13, 1973. (Also, we’ll admit, it’s not ideal that we’ll have to relocate intriguing young safety Darcel McBath.)

2nd round, Orlando Franklin, OT, Miami
We’re not fond of either RG Chris Kuper or RT Ryan Harris. Hard to say which of those two, exactly, since every outside observer can see that both of those players are athletic young blockers. So yeah, we probably didn’t (in any which way) need to draft an offensive lineman this early. But you know how it is with new GM’s.

3rd round, Nate Irving, ILB, North Carolina State
We feel the same way about Joe Mays as the Eagles did.

Kansas City Chiefs

2nd round, Rodney Hudson, C, Florida State
Rudy Niswanger doesn’t have the strength to hold up in a phone booth.

3rd round, Justin Houston, OLB, Georgia
He can smoke all the weed he wants, he’s still a much, much better athlete than Andy Studebaker.

5th round, Ricky Stanzi, QB, Iowa
Can you believe we ever toyed with the idea of starting Brodie Croyle!?

Oakland Raiders

2nd round, Stefen Wisniewski, C, Penn State
You might think this was a legacy pick. Yup. (But the good news is we needed a center anyway.)

4th round, Taiwan Jones, RB, Eastern Washington
We’d like to re-sign Michael Bush, but you never know.

San Diego Chargers

2nd round, Jonas Mouton, OLB, Michigan
The hope is that he’ll play well right away and no one will notice that our ’09 first-round pick (Larry English) has absolutely no pass-rushing instinct.

Check back throughout the week for other division’s Draft Truths Revealed. To see all Draft Truths Revealed, click the “Draft Truths” tag.

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Posted on: March 22, 2011 9:58 pm

Finnegan vows to change bad-boy ways

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Titans CB Cortland Finnegan isn’t one of the most popular guys in the NFL.

He’s the one who got into a knockdown, drag-out fight with calm-minded Texans star WR Andre Johnson (video below), though his former coach, Jeff Fisher, defended Finnegan afterward.

This didn’t receive nearly the attention the Johnson brouhaha did, but Finnegan also got into it last year with Broncos lineman Chris Kuper (which led Kyle Orton to call Finnegan “ridiculous”).

Basically, Finnegan is generally regarded as one of the dirtiest players in the NFL (if not, THE dirtiest).

Now, Finnegan says he needs to change his persona.

“It’s the last year of my contract and I’ve got to be on my `ones and twos,’” Finnegan told the Tennessean after a voluntary Titans workout at a local high school. “A leader needs to step up for this team. I feel like last year, due to certain circumstances, I wasn’t that guy. So I need to be that way now – to the reporters, to everyone, man. I need to be more accountable.”

Finnegan said there was no catalyst to why he figured he needed to change. Just felt like it was time, I suppose.

“For whatever reason, sometimes we can get selfish, and sometimes humility and talking to the right people (who have that) is good,” Finnegan said. “So I apologize to the media and all of that. I just need to be ready for the good times and the bad times.”

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Posted on: October 7, 2010 11:58 pm

Finnegan fined $5K for incident with Broncos

Posted by Will Brinson

There's been plenty of talk about the Tennessee Titans as a "dirty" team in the past week or so -- just in case you weren't convinced one way or the other, the NFL added a little fuel to the fire when they announced that Cortland Finnegan got fined $5,000 for his kerfuffle with Broncos lineman Chris Kuper on Sunday.

Per Jim Wyatt at the Tennessean, Finnegan's wallet is a little lighter than normal.

And yes, this is the same incident that prompted Kyle Orton to call Finnegan "ridiculous" (or at least the play in question ridiculous anyway), with Finnegan responding "I was just being me."

Given the national attention on the Titans over the past week, and the always heavy media attention on the Dallas Cowboys, don't be surprised if you hear an announcer mention the potentially "dirty" play at some point.

And be even less surprised if you see another incident on Sunday.
Posted on: October 4, 2010 9:48 am
Edited on: October 4, 2010 9:59 am

Kyle Orton rips Titans in postgame

Posted by Andy Benoit

How’s this for a postgame quote? Broncos quarterback Kyle Orton said of the Titans after his team’s 26-20 victory, "You always heK. Ortonar about how tough they are and all that stuff," Orton said.  "I don't think they're tough, I think they're cheap.  And it was one of the cheapest games I've ever seen out of some of those players."

Orton specifically mentioned cornerback Cortland Finnegan, whom he accused of punching guard Chris Kuper when Kuper’s helmet was off. "If that's the type of player Cortland Finnegan wants to be, well then he's a cheap player, not a good player."

Finnegan is known as one of the feistiest players in the NFL. But often times, “feisty” can mean “a jerk who happens to be small”. C. Finnegan

After the Titans baited the Giants into five personal foul penalties last week, there was talk about how Jeff Fisher’s team is known for being chippy. Finnegan and defensive end Jason Babin were both fined $5,000 for an unnecessary roughness penalties.

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