Tag:Cortland Finnegan
Posted on: June 28, 2011 10:16 am
Edited on: June 28, 2011 10:54 am

Finnegan does something nice

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Yes, Titans CB Cortland Finnegan can be a bit of a jerk-face. Which is why the normally reserved Texans WR Andre Johnson went after him last year with fists flying and why Finnegan is generally regarded as one of the dirtiest players in the league.

But kudos to Finnegan in this case. He’s gotten to know a high-school volleyball player named Kelsey Towns, who developed a rare form of cancer. The first time they met -- when Finnegan and Titans DB Ryan Mouton were visiting a hospital -- Finnegan and Towns hit it off.

So much so that Finnegan and his wife made their newborn daughter’s middle name Kelsey in honor of Towns, who’s been in remission for the past six months and who’s planning on attending Western Kentucky University this fall to study nursing.

"I thought she was the most beautiful girl in the world -- besides my wife," Finnegan told News Channel 5 in Nashville. "She lit my day up with her smile. And the rest is history."

Nice story about a guy who’s maybe not such a jerk-face after all.

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Posted on: June 6, 2011 8:40 am
Edited on: June 10, 2011 12:51 pm

Cortland Finnegan latest to question new NFL rule

Posted by Ryan Wilson

Titans cornerback Cortland Finnegan is annually considered one of the league's dirtiest players. In 2010, he was fined $40,000 for various forms of unnecessary roughness, including $25,000 after he and Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson staged an impromptu, mid-game throwdown.

Finnegan seems to do most of his talking -- both within the rules and well outside them -- on the field. So maybe it isn't a surprise that he doesn't think Roger Goodell is well-positioned to make decisions regarding player punishments since the commissioner doesn't regularly settle his disputes by going all Neo on adversaries

Specifically, Finnegan tells The Tennessean's Jim Wyatt that Goodell is “A guy who has never played the game.” He said that Goodell doesn't understand the impact of the latest rules on illegal hits.

“You have milliseconds — not even seconds — and it’s not like you try to do it. It just so happens in that split-second you have a chance to tackle a guy and sometimes it happens to be that way,” Finnegan told Wyatt. “Last year having to dive at guys’ knees because you’re not sure … If they duck, and you’re still helmet-to-helmet with them, then it is your fine, it is a penalty on you.

“It has sort of taken the edge of the players who really like the physical play. But I’m not surprised. It’s crazy.”

The "You've never played the game!" talking point is typically the last refuge of the meathead. But whatever you think of Finnegan's style of play (and I think we can all agree any description will be prefaced with synonyms for "dirty"), he has a point. It's the same point Steelers linebacker James Harrison made recently, although he took it a step further than accusing Goodell of never playing football -- he just called the rule makers "idiots."

This probably won't make Finnegan feel any better, but Goodell doesn't make these decisions alone. NFL VP Ray Anderson and former 49ers defensive back Merton Hanks play some part in all this, as does former NFL coach-turned "appeals officer" Ted Cottrell.

Whoever is contributing their two cents to these conversations, the current players are right to question the NFL's motives as well as the rules' effectiveness. The conspiracy theory regarding the former is that the league is making a PR push to show the game is safer so at some point in the future they can argue for an 18-game season. ("We've addressed concussions, now we can play more games. More fun for everybody!")

As for the latter, here's a question no one is asking: does the NFL have the data to support their claim that all these rule changes will increase player safety? Because arbitrarily meting out punishments doesn't magically mean that offending behaviors disappear. If it did, the United States prison system wouldn't be full of small-time drug dealers incarcerated under the mandatory minimum sentences introduced in the 1980s. The law was intended to curb the drug problem and all it did was clog up cells with mostly non-violent offenders. And illegal drugs are still pervasive in this country.

Put differently: it's important to know what effects -- intended and otherwise -- a policy change will have before you implement it. We're all for player safety, it's just not clear if Goodell knows the best way to achieve it.

via PFT

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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: December 20, 2010 9:49 am
Edited on: December 20, 2010 1:07 pm

Finnegan vs. Johnson Round 2

Posted by Andy Benoit

Not a lot of attention was paid to the Texans-Titans game (and rightfully so – both teams are essentially out of playoff contention). But Sunday’s action gave us Cortland Finnegan vs. Andre Johnson Round 2. How did it go?

Johnson was targeted 12 times. He caught six passes for 58 yards, including a 12-yard touchdown. And he threw zero punches.
“The NFL really came down hard on us this week with a lot of conference calls, just making sure we represented the NFL well this week,” Finnegan told the Tennessean. “That’s big for the kids and also for the NFL, and we both knew that. We just wanted a good football game.”

Finnegan and Johnson were both fined $25,000 for their fight in Week 12. 

 “I just wanted to play a good football game.,” Finnegan said. “Unfortunately, I gave up a touchdown vs. him, but he’s one of those elite receivers. You want to hold him in check but it’s tough.”

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Posted on: December 16, 2010 11:17 am
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Posted on: December 16, 2010 11:16 am

Finnegan says he'll 'apologize' to Johnson Sunday

Posted by Will Brinson

This weekend marks the second time this year that Andre Johnson and Cortland Finnegan meet on the football field. The first time they saw each other, Johnson did his best Rocky impersonation, delivering a slew of blows to a helmet-less Finnegan before both players were ejected (and eventually fined $25,000 each).

But unfortunately for all the masochists wanting to see more fights on the football field, it probably won't be happening. Finnegan said he won't retaliate.

"It's not going to happen," Finnegan said via Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean. "I am more concerned about us winning a football game than anything right now. We haven't done that in awhile, and that is one thing we need to get back to doing. Retaliation is for the birds."

In fact, Finnegan is so contrite that he even plans to apologize to Johnson (presumably for years of egging him on in the hopes that one day he'd finally snap like he did).

"Regardless if I'm right or wrong, I am going to apologize to get this off my heart," Finnegan said.

Now, let's not go painting the guy who said he wants to be the dirtiest player in the NFL in too angelic a light just yet. After all, the emotions displayed before the game starts are entirely different than what gets thrown around during the game -- it's the "heat of battle" and whatnot.

Of course, if Johnson plays like he has the last two weeks (149 yards against Philadelphia, 140 yards and two TDs against Baltimore), he'll be the one apologizing.

Just for a legal beatdown this time around.

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Posted on: December 9, 2010 7:55 pm
Edited on: December 9, 2010 8:59 pm

Fisher gets candid on VY: 'I haven't seen him'

Posted by Will Brinson

Vince Young's situation with Jeff Fisher (it's not good!) is irrelevant for Titans' football played on the field this year, because Young is on injured reserve.

But it's extremely relevant for next year and Fisher's future as a coach for the remainder of the season (oddly enough, Andy and I discussed this very subject on the podcast Thursday); Bud Adams has made it pretty clear that he wants Young on the team, while Fisher has implied quite strongly that he would prefer Vince not to play for the Titans.

On Thursday, he got extremely candid with Steve Mariucchi of the NFL Network about the situation.

"I don't know," Fisher said when Mooch asked him where Young is at the moment. "I haven't seen him since the Redskins game, since he left the locker room -- left the team in the locker room."

You probably recall that there was some discussion as to Young walking out of the locker room, and then some more discussion as to Young texting Fisher an apology instead of offering a face-to-face mea culpa. That led to the speculation that Young wasn't welcome at the team's facility. Thursday, Fisher confirmed that wasn't true.

"Yes, he's welcome -- he's treated no differently than any other injured reserve player," Fisher said.

However, the technicality of Young being "welcome" may not mean that he's actually welcome, if you know what I am saying.

"My gut feel is the locker room's much better [without him] because of his actions after the game," Fisher said. "There's no excuse for what he did.

"I think to a man most everybody in that locker room would have disagreed with his actions and from that standpoint, he's probably better off not being here. But he is welcome to come back and rehab and be in the meeting rooms and so on."

Fisher also told Mariucchi that he hasn't spoken to Bud Adams about the future with Young -- only that they'd had a discussion about the "franchise quarterback's" thumb surgery and season-ending trip to injured reserve. Mooch ended the segment of the interview by asking a stupendous question: what's the one thing that Fisher would like to change about Young.

"This is not just Vince -- this is most players in general," Fisher responded. "I think it's understanding what it takes to be a pro and the time commitment. It's a privilege to play in the National Football League and it takes work. And there are also going to be ups and downs associated with that and you have to be able to keep those in perspective."

To sum up quickly: Fisher isn't going to be happy if he's trying to live with Young next year, regardless of the fact that Adams clearly thinks the former Texas Longhorn is forever young.

That's obviously not the case, as Young is now 27, without having shown any clear signs of becoming a "pro." And Adams would be wise to note that the Rose Bowl was a really long time ago, and that Matt Leinart (Young's opposition that night) has already moved on. If the Titans' owner was wise, he'd give V.Y. the same fate, instead of potentially losing the longest-tenured current coach in the NFL.

Because if you read between the lines (words?) and you look at the way Fisher's approaching his future (by being extremely candid on-air with just for weeks remaining in 2010), it's pretty clear he'll walk if he has to.

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Posted on: December 5, 2010 2:12 pm

Casserly: NFL to 'review' roughness fine schedule

Posted by Will Brinson

After Andre Johnson and Cortland Finnegan were fined $25,000 a piece for their respective roles in a fight that erupted during the Texans-Titans matchup in Week 12, many people wondered why they weren't suspended for the behavior.

Or, at the very least, fined more than that for such boorish bar-brawl behavior.

CBS Sports Charley Casserly said on The NFL Today that the fines, according to the NFL, fall right in line with the league's policy on unnecessary roughness penalties, but the league is going to review that policy in the offseason.

"I talked to Ray Anderson, NFL VP of Football Operations, and he told me the reason they were both fined the same is that they were both repeat offenders," Casserly said. "The reason the fines weren't more than that, he said is this -- the policy of the NFL is that they want to dramatically escalate fines. They warn the players first like they did with the hits on defenseless players this year.

"In the offseason, they're going review the fine schedule for all unnecessary roughness penalties."

What this means for people wondering why there wasn't a larger punishment directed towards Finnegan and Johnson is that the NFL didn't want to randomly assign a fine for fighting/unnecessary roughness simply because helmets were removed and blows were thrown. That would open up a discussion-worthy can of worms relating to exactly how fines are assigned -- if they're randomly thrown about, the speed with which people clamor to claim conspiracy on who's fined and for what amount.

More importantly, though, is the offseason review -- what Anderson's saying there to Casserly is that the NFL would probably like to have nailed both guys with a big fine for their behavior, but the schedule didn't permit it, and, again, if you break schedule once, you're just asking for questions/concerns/conspiracies on why someone got hit up for a specific amount.

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