Tag:Cortland Finnegan
Posted on: October 7, 2010 11:58 pm
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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 7, 2010 9:42 am
Edited on: October 7, 2010 9:42 am
 

Hot Routes 10.07.10: Who's got a Moss hangover?


Posted by Josh Katzowitz

- We’re going to try to keep the Randy Moss chatter to a minimum (the chances of this happening? Um, 15-20 percent?), but first, Vikings coach Brad Childress said the trade for Moss had nothing to do with where Sidney Rice is in his rehab from hip surgery. The chances of people believing that statement. Um, 15-20 percent?

- Titans CB Cortland Finnegan shows some (false?) bravado by “inviting” Broncos QB Kyle Orton, who said after last week’s game that Tennessee was a dirty team, to Nashville to visit him.

- When Michael Vick returns to health, Eagles coach Andy Reid said he’ll be the starting quarterback once again. Funny, I seem to remember Reid saying something similar about Kevin Kolb after he suffered a concussion in Week 1. And how’d that work out for Kolb?

- Arizona needs to figure out its QB situation if they want to have a chance to keep Larry Fitzgerald for the long term.

- For some reason, new Panthers WR David Clowney felt the need to call out the Jets organization for its short-sightedness on him. “Maybe being here, I can actually get an opportunity to run different routes and get involved as a full, complete receiver,” he said.

- Free agent QB Chris Simms is due back in court today for a hearing on his charge of driving under the influence of marijuana. Simms had been with the Titans before the team released him last month.

- For those who care about what Patriots fans think about the Moss trade, here’s your chance to read about it. For those who don’t care, here’s your chance to ignore a fan story about Randy Moss. Choose wisely.

- Cardinals RB Beanie Wells and coach Ken Whisenhunt finally had a meeting about Wells’ playing time.

- Brett Favre might want to avoid checking out Deadspin.com tomorrow. It might not be very pretty. Here's the NY Daily News' take.

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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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Posted on: July 1, 2010 11:55 am
Edited on: July 1, 2010 12:38 pm
 

Positional rankings: Cornerbacks

Josh Katzowitz and Andy Benoit resume their debate, this time taking a look at the top five cornerbacks in the NFL. (To view top five safeties debate, click here).

Josh Katzowitz’s top fiveD. REvis  Photo: US PressWire
 
5. Leon Hall / Johnathan Joseph, Bengals
 
4. Champ Bailey, Broncos
 
3. Charles Woodson, Packers
 
2. Nnamdi Asomugha, Raiders
 
1. Darrelle Revis, Jets
 
I covered the Bengals last season. As a Bengals beat writer, you know that when the guy who never shuts up finally keeps quiet, he’s really worried about what will happen on the next Sunday. Thus, when Chad Ochocinco grows thoughtful, saying nothing but nice things about Revis, you know he greatly respects the man. Of course, that could be because Revis, like a defensive magician, made Ochocinco disappear (he had a combined two catches for 28 yards vs. Revis in back-to-back games last year). That said, Ochocinco also faced Asomugha, Bailey and Woodson last year and had more success on his stat line. Revis is the kind of CB who shuts down his entire half of the field – which is helpful, because he doesn’t usually get help from a safety over the top. This, of course, is invaluable.
 
Asomugha has only recorded three interceptions the past three years – after eight in 2006 – but that’s because nobody wants to throw to his side of the field. According to the Dallas Morning News, only 28 passes were tossed his way in 2009. That’s less than two a game. Unreal. 
 
Woodson, at the age of 33, had a career-high nine interceptions – also a league high – last year, and oh yeah, he hits pretty hard as well (four forced fumbles attest to that) while playing four different positions for the Packers.
 
Bailey has been one of the best corners for the past decade. Although he’s a step slower than he once was, he still jumps routes with the best of them. He’s certainly still feared by offensive coordinators. Yeah, I’m cheating a bit by putting Hall and Joseph into one two-headed monster, but they’re so similar and they’ve been so good together that it’s impossible to separate them. They are the best young CB tandem in the league. Might as well keep them together in my list.
  
Andy Benoit’s top five
 
5. Asante Samuel, Eagles

4. Cortland Finnegan, Titans

3. Nnamdi Asomugha, Raiders

2. Charles Woodson, Packers

1. Darrelle Revis, Jets

 
First off, totally agree with everything you said about Revis, Woodson and Asomugha. I have Woodson ahead of Asomugha only because Woodson does a larger variety of things for a Green Bay D that has enjoyed far more success than Oakland’s. But that’s nitpicking. What’s especially impressive about the Asomugha stat (28 pass attempts) is that the Raiders operate almost exclusively in man coverage, which taxes the corners. 
 
I’m replacing Bailey with Finnegan. I actually thought Andre Goodman was Denver’s best corner last season. (That’s not to say I think Bailey is washed up… I’d rank him No. 6 if I could.) Finnegan is a stopper in all phases. He defends on an island downfield incredibly well, he’s physical in underneath coverage, he’s a playmaker (five interceptions in each of the last two seasons) and he’s formidable in run support.
 
I agree with the rest of the world that Asante Samuel can’t tackle to save his life, but he’s the best off-coverage corner (i.e. zone defender) in the league. That has to mean something, right?
 
P.S. I was prepared to solve the Hall/Joseph dilemma for you and pick one guy, but looking back through my film study notes, I too failed to declare one over the other. Hall seems to require less safety help, and in the games I studied, he was targeted less than Joseph. But Joseph is the more physical tackler and one of the NFL’s most athletic deep-ball defenders. 

Josh’s rebuttal
 
I’m not sure why, but whenever I happen to see Finnegan on TV, he’s usually in an opponent’s face, taunting or boasting or whatever. It always seemed to me that perhaps his bark was worse than his bite, that the 5-foot-9 Finnegan had some sort of Napoleonic complex. But you’re absolutely right. He is a top-notch CB. Regarding Samuel, I think tackling is such an important part of a defensive back’s job that it’s hard for me to overlook how bad he is after an opponent catches the ball. It’s the Deion Sanders “Ole!” method, and for me, it’s a deal-breaker. No doubt, his nine interceptions last year were outstanding. But when your head coach is calling you out, albeit very mildly, during the offseason, that’s not a particularly good sign.
 
Andy’s final word
 
You’re right about Samuel. I regret putting him on the list. I can live without the tackling – Deion Sanders is the greatest cornerback of all-time, after all – but Andy Reid’s gripes about Samuel’s freelancing are tough to ignore. Consider Champ Bailey now on my list (No. 5), with Mike Jenkins or Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie on the verge of overtaking him.


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Posted on: June 25, 2010 9:29 pm
 

Finnegan has a new training partner

Tennessee CB Cortland Finnegan wants to be more like Jets CB Darrelle Revis. Now, he’ll get his chance.

Finnegan told the Tennessean that he’ll travel to Phoenix next week to train with Revis and hopes some of that top-two CB talent will rub off on him. Obviously, Finnegan will learn plenty from Revis. But what can Finnegan teach Revis?

“I could probably teach him how to wear Vans, that’s about it,’’ Finnegan told the paper. “We are two totally different players, really. He is asked to shut down a receiver, and our defense is totally different from their defense – what we’re asked to do. But I can learn from him for sure. I wish I could teach him something, but I’ve got nothing for him."

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