While in New York to represent the Rams in the unveiling of Nike's new uniforms, Finnegan said that defensive coordinator Gregg Williams was also a major part of his motivation, even though he's never been coached by Williams in his career.
"Every player you talk to says what a great coach he is," Finnegan said, while wearing his new Rams jersey No. 31. "I was so excited to have a chance to play for him. He has a great defense and players love playing in that defense."
With Williams under indefinite suspension for his role in the New Orleans Saints bounty program, Finnegan said he hopes Williams will be reinstated. But what will be the Rams' approach for the 2012 season?
As Fisher has pointed out several times, the defense began with him and he has talked about a collaborative effort in coordinating the defense with the key question who will call defenses on game day.
Assistant head coach Dave McGinnis has done that in his career as has secondary coach Chuck Cecil when he was Tennessee's defensive coordinator.
But Finnegan had a surprising opinion of who might end up having a large role in the defense: linebackers coach Blake Williams, who is Gregg Williams' son.
Even though he also hasn't been coached by Blake Williams, Finnegan said, "He has a great understanding of the defense and might have the best understanding after being with his father so long. I have a feeling he might get a lot more freedom here.
"However, all of them can do it, although I don't think Chuck wants it. But it's not going to be a problem. I know Jeff and how detailed he is; who knows how he'll do it? I do plan to talk to him about the plan when I get there Monday."
Blake Williams is just 27 years old, and has been on coaching staffs with his father since 2006 with the Redskins.
Gregg Williams elected not to appeal the suspension handed him by commissioner Roger Goodell. His philosophy was further detailed when an audio file was released by filmmaker Sean Pamphilon, who was following the Saints for a story on former Saints safety Steve Gleason, who has ALS.
Michael Silver of Yahoo! Sports wrote about a defensive meeting the night before the team's playoff game against San Francisco this past January.
At the meeting, Williams says, "Kill the head, the body will die" and said, "We've got to do everything in the world to make sure we kill Frank Gore's head. We want him running sideways. We want his head sideways."
Williams also said, according to Pamphilon, "We're gonna swarm. We're gonna dominate the line of scrimmage. And we're gonna kill the (expletive) head. Every single one of you, before you get off the pile, affect the head ... continue to touch and affect the head."
As for 49ers wide receiver Kyle Williams, who had experienced concussions during the season, Williams said, "We need to find out in the first two series of the game, the little wide receiver, No. 10, about his concussion. We need to (expletive) put a lick on him, move him to decide. He needs to decide."
Finally, he directed comments at wide receiver Michael Crabtree, saying, "We need to decide whether Crabtree wants to be a fake-ass prima donna or he wants to be a tough guy. We need to find that out, and he becomes human when you (expletive) take out that outside ACL."
In watching the game, however, Pamphilon told Silver, "I was two feet behind the Saints' bench and it looked like they were trying to kill each other every play. But I've watched about 15 NFL games from the sidelines, and I didn't see anything different in that game than I've seen in any other football game. To me, they're all trying to separate guys from the ball and all trying to get big hits that land them on 'SportsCenter' - on every play."
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