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Cortland Finnegan invites Kyle Orton back to Nashville

After Sunday’s win over the Titans, Broncos quarterback Kyle Orton called the Tennessee team generally, and cornerback Cortland Finnegan, cheap.

Finnegan responded on Wednesday, according to Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean.

“We don’t play the Broncos this week, we play the Cowboys,” Finnegan said.  “I couldn’t
care what another man says.  He is a quarterback, man, who cares?  If [Orton] wants to show up in Nashville to see me, that’s cool, too.  But I
doubt [he will].’”

That doesn’t make any sense.  What does Finnegan want to do, fight Orton?  Doesn’t Finnegan realize that this knuckle-headed attitude is precisely the knuckle-headed attitude to which Orton was referring?

Actually, Finnegan probably doesn’t realize it.  He believes that the path to football stardom is paved with a Styrofoam chip on his shoulder, and pushes, shoves, and scrums after the whistle. 

The problem is that he’s trying too hard to be a tough guy, and trying too hard to be a tough guy won’t make a guy a good player.  Being a good player will make a guy a good player.

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87 Responses to “Cortland Finnegan invites Kyle Orton back to Nashville”
  1. dscjmc says: Oct 6, 2010 7:04 PM

    Finnegan is nothing more than a highly overrated turd!

  2. dbartdog says: Oct 6, 2010 7:04 PM

    Exactly….this guy is a cheap shot artist…and you’re right…not a lot of talent either!

  3. Disagreelos says: Oct 6, 2010 7:05 PM

    Haha I wouldn’t mind seeing orton stick it to cortland

  4. rusH1023 says: Oct 6, 2010 7:07 PM

    Who the hell is Cortland Finnegan?

  5. BigMikeSkinsFan says: Oct 6, 2010 7:08 PM

    Florio, you wouldnt know anything about being tuff or standing up for what you believe in. I bet you have never even been in a fight before in your life.
    as far as cortland goes, i have no problems with him telling orton to put up or shut up. talk is cheap when you are on the other side of the country and dont have to face that person in real life.

  6. NYMets says: Oct 6, 2010 7:09 PM

    First of all what kind of a man has the name Cortland? I mean this guy is named after the Jets training camp facility in Cortland NY. I guess his old man wanted to name him after a winner. Close enough but I still say he should have named him “JET”.

  7. leather_face_jones says: Oct 6, 2010 7:09 PM

    of course the entire post is opinion, but it is one of the best you’ve ever had. well played.

  8. Babie Hoodie says: Oct 6, 2010 7:09 PM

    Cortland Finnegan is 5’10″ 188lbs
    Kyle Orton is 6’4″ 225lbs
    I am willing to bet that tough son of a bitch Orton, who has 6 inches and 40lbs on Finnegan without the beard, would win that fight in any back alley in America. Not to mention he could drink Cortland’s punk ass under the table using Jack Daniel’s to Finnegans Watermelon Smirnoff any day.
    Kyle Orton – 2
    Miss Finnegan – 0

  9. bboyroxas says: Oct 6, 2010 7:09 PM

    Well put Florio, Cortland Finnegan is a dummy and he’s showing that by these comments Kyle Orton was so right.

  10. CutlerIsACryBaby says: Oct 6, 2010 7:12 PM

    MORE ON Randy Moss! MORE ON Randy Moss!
    just kidding.

  11. SteelCurtnDee says: Oct 6, 2010 7:12 PM

    The problem is that he’s trying too hard to be a tough guy, and trying too hard to be a tough guy won’t make a guy a good player. Being a good player will make a guy a good player
    Did John Madden write this?

  12. Northstar says: Oct 6, 2010 7:12 PM

    Finnegan is a moron.

  13. CanadianVikingFan says: Oct 6, 2010 7:13 PM

    Why doesn’t he shutup and save himself more humiliation.

  14. habibfromnewdehli says: Oct 6, 2010 7:15 PM

    This dude is such a weak punk. He’s lucky he doesn’t have to play Baltimore this year.
    He had no problem taking cheap shots at Derrick Mason the entire game when Mason was playing with pretty much one arm. I’d love to see what happens to this clown now.
    I hate the Steelers… but I was rooting for them in Week 2. And Titans got rolled. Enjoy the regular season Cortland, because you’re never getting to the playoffs.

  15. weix says: Oct 6, 2010 7:17 PM

    straight outta nashville

  16. PatricktheDookie says: Oct 6, 2010 7:19 PM

    Cortland Finnegan had better be worrying about Andre Johnson. Last year, Andre was about ready to take his head off.

  17. bboyroxas says: Oct 6, 2010 7:20 PM

    Thats funny barbie hoodie Kyle would drink him under the table he’s a very tough sob!

  18. DarnSkippy says: Oct 6, 2010 7:22 PM

    BigMikeSkinsFan says
    “as far as cortland goes, i have no problems with him telling orton to put up or shut up. talk is cheap when you are on the other side of the country and dont have to face that person in real life. ”
    Only problem with your argument is that Cortland is also just talking across the country and not going to have to face that person in real life. His talk is just as cheap.

  19. Crusty says: Oct 6, 2010 7:23 PM

    Boy, read into comments much. This article should be called “NFL is slow – let’s make something out of nothing”. And of course all the talking heads chime in as if they had any insight at all. Finnegan plays lights out and every one of you talking trash would LOVE to have him on your team..

  20. NumberSeven says: Oct 6, 2010 7:24 PM

    So the aspiring “dirtiest player in the NFL” and his dirty teammates get beat whilst playing dirty and now he cries??? Time to step up your game, Finnegan. Two words… Brass Knuckles! Punk.

  21. AbeFreshly says: Oct 6, 2010 7:25 PM

    “he’s trying too hard to be a tough guy”
    That is a perfect assessment. What do you expect from a 5’9″, 185 lbs man playing in a big man’s game? He’s Florio’s size, ffs!
    I don’t know why he’d call out Orton. Orton would kick his shrimpy ass. Orton is 6’4″, 220.
    You would have to be extremely talented to overpower someone who is 7″ taller than you, 40 lbs heavier than you, & makes more money than you.

  22. Beast Of Eden says: Oct 6, 2010 7:29 PM

    Nice article Miks,
    I was gonna bash Finnegan but you already did that.

  23. Chad Toronto says: Oct 6, 2010 7:31 PM

    I swear the NFL becomes more like the WWE with each passing season.

  24. GreenBayJay says: Oct 6, 2010 7:33 PM

    What does this have to do with Randy Moss?

  25. Cornerdenizen says: Oct 6, 2010 7:34 PM

    Wow. Looks like a lot of guys here dont actually watch football. Finnegan is one of the better corners in the league. Challenges receivers, plays the ball well and tackles extremely well.
    Funny, I thought these were the traits people here appreciated in football players.
    Oh yeah, I forgot, most folks are just looking for someone to hate. My bad. Carry on…

  26. getagrip10 says: Oct 6, 2010 7:38 PM

    I am not a Titans fan, but I watched them play the Giants and Finnegan was the best player on the field. He may not be the brighest guy, but he backs it up.

  27. CJ2K says: Oct 6, 2010 7:41 PM

    haha finnegan would own orton.
    also top 10 corner in the league. How does the fact that he is tough, and chippy make him any more or less skilled.
    I agree that he shouldn’t challenge a guy to a fight kind of ridiculous. But so are most of these stupid comments.

  28. CJ2K says: Oct 6, 2010 7:43 PM

    habibfromnewdehli
    by the way finnegan has already been in the playoffs. Cmonnnnnnnnnnn mannnnnnnnnnnnn

  29. robmart0906 says: Oct 6, 2010 7:43 PM

    Your right florio.. the problem with Cortland is that he needs to realize he’s a PROFESSIONAL athlete. with this kinda crap, he’s out of the league……. 5-6 years??

  30. FinFan68 says: Oct 6, 2010 7:44 PM

    This kid’s attitued is precisely what is wrong with the “professional” “athletes” of today.

  31. tooz56 says: Oct 6, 2010 7:46 PM

    Finnegan must think he is in the 7th grade. Does he want to meet him on the playground at 3pm ? Is Finnegan now “after” him ? Also, is there any video/audio of Finnegan”s comments ? Maybe he was joking, tongue in cheek ?

  32. Kirk says: Oct 6, 2010 7:50 PM

    Finnegan was hypnotized by Cecil, its not his fault =\

  33. comment_submission_error says: Oct 6, 2010 7:51 PM

    Orton already kicked your ass, Finnegan. Can’t you read your own scoreboard?

  34. broncotrimmer says: Oct 6, 2010 7:51 PM

    Maybe after Orton slaps his punk ass silly,he’ll call out Mcdaniels,a little more his size.Probly still get his butt kicked.

  35. BBG6134 says: Oct 6, 2010 7:52 PM

    Orton > Cortland

  36. prmpft says: Oct 6, 2010 7:52 PM

    …i’m sure his parent(s) must be proud of him – if he knows who @ least one of them is – good luck w/ the tough guy stuff when you are all the laughing stock of the division…

  37. BigD73ot says: Oct 6, 2010 7:55 PM

    Anyone of your morons would love to have Cortland on your team. He plays with a chip on his shoulder like the game should be played. If you lay back and play like a female your gonna get your ass walked over.

  38. Beauregard says: Oct 6, 2010 7:57 PM

    Kyle Orton is a genuinely nice guy. He’s humble and laid back. All the QB crap that’s been thrown his way in Denver (Quinn and Tebowski) and he never said a word. Just performed at all pro levels.
    So when Kyle says on national TV that a guy is a douche bag jack ass, people listen.
    Finnegan needs to do his talking on the field with a much higher level of play. But that’s just not his style.

  39. Belichick for President says: Oct 6, 2010 8:00 PM

    Well put, Florio. Orton and McDaniels were right on the money with that craphole franchise.

  40. Blackn'Gold says: Oct 6, 2010 8:01 PM

    The Devil’s Advocate, I think we need more players like Finnegan. Players that aren’t afraid of other players or the Politically Correct approach laid out by the Commissioner. A new touchy, feely kind of football. How ’bout a group hug?!
    GO STEELERS!

  41. GDive says: Oct 6, 2010 8:01 PM

    Wow…..do any of you actually watch the games? Finnegan is a good player. Don’t really care what comes out of his mouth. What he does on the field….he can play for me any day. Guess Jeff Fisher feels the same way

  42. Igottz5onit says: Oct 6, 2010 8:13 PM

    It was funny watching Hines ward choke slam finnegan a couple of weeks ago when he tried to get into it with him after a play… Besides that I haven’t heard of finnegan.

  43. digitaldean says: Oct 6, 2010 8:16 PM

    With Chuck “Capt. One-Finger Salute” Cecil running the defense, what do you expect???

  44. GoTitans says: Oct 6, 2010 8:23 PM

    Bring it!

  45. js136202 says: Oct 6, 2010 8:54 PM

    SteelCurtnDee says:
    October 6, 2010 7:12 PM
    The problem is that he’s trying too hard to be a tough guy, and trying too hard to be a tough guy won’t make a guy a good player. Being a good player will make a guy a good player
    Did John Madden write this?
    I hate the steelers, but you win post of the month!

  46. RickUpchurch says: Oct 6, 2010 8:54 PM

    Has Finnegan ever punched someone that wasn’t defenseless at the bottom of a pile or looking the other way? Sounds like Courtney is still sore from being burned all day long (including getting beaten like a drum on the pass interference play that forced Chris Hope to commit the penalty?

  47. bigtrav425 says: Oct 6, 2010 9:02 PM

    Talk is cheap Orton….Talk is cheap son…they will both have time to hang out come playoff time tho considering neither will be in the playoffs

  48. m.odum says: Oct 6, 2010 9:12 PM

    i live in nashville, no titans fan by far… (steelers)
    i hate finnegan thats all he does is get burned and then try to start a fight after the 20yd gain on him

  49. Austskate says: Oct 6, 2010 9:15 PM

    Finnegan is a clown. Orton just ripped up the Titan’s defense. Keep talkin though tough guy…
    Orton would prob beat his ass isn’t Finnegan like 5’3

  50. lenny says: Oct 6, 2010 9:37 PM

    Cortland…I’d be angry too.

  51. unruhly27 says: Oct 6, 2010 9:38 PM

    you pansy key pushers woulnd’t know anything about standing up for yourself and chalanging a nother man to a fight and i would put my farm (my real 2000+ acre farm) C.F. would stomp that cry baby cutlers in the dirt.

  52. getagrip10 says: Oct 6, 2010 9:53 PM

    I am not a Titans fan, but I watched the Giants game and he was the best player on the field.

  53. Rothlestool says: Oct 6, 2010 10:00 PM

    Mrs. Orton doesn’t have the balls to go to Nashville (Although Shaun Smith might be available to grab a few extras). The Broncos won, he should just keep his mouth in check and quit whining. He sounds like a candy-ass all the time by whining to the press. My guess is that he hasn’t seen past Bronco teams leg-whipping from the offensive line all those years ago. BTW-Finnegan was an all-pro two years ago, so for those of you who don’t know him, WATCH SOME FOOTBALL.

  54. iowabearfan says: Oct 6, 2010 10:02 PM

    unruly, why the hell are you talking about cutler? Orton is the Bronco QB.

  55. Diegocarrera says: Oct 6, 2010 10:03 PM

    Who is Cortland Finnegan again?

  56. winklebean says: Oct 6, 2010 10:23 PM

    Hey Cortland, Kyle Orton was just in Nashville and he beat you. Why not invite Chris Kuper (the helmetless guy you sucker punched after the whistle)?

  57. pga5 says: Oct 6, 2010 10:42 PM

    Orton’s got a big mouth, and he’s going to pay for it big time one day. Oh wait…didn’t that happen in preseason?
    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2010/08/30/james-harrison-say-kyle-orton-got-what-he-had-coming/
    These people talk about Finnegan; I bet Orton wasn’t chirping about dirty play during the game. Of course, it’s much more bold to do it from your locker room.

  58. ncoolong says: Oct 6, 2010 10:45 PM

    Ask James Harrison what happens to guys shorter than him when he tries to be tough.
    He got his steamrolled, and nearly knocked himself out in the process.
    Orton’s a pansy quarterback who talks more than his game allows him. And I’m not at all a Titans fan.

  59. WaltColeman says: Oct 6, 2010 10:51 PM

    Short Guy Complex and Irish..

  60. unruhly27 says: Oct 6, 2010 10:55 PM

    lol ya orton thats what i ment. i just hate culter too.haha

  61. Greg says: Oct 6, 2010 11:08 PM

    Well after Ray Lewis get through with sacking Orton’s punk ass, I guess he will make a statement that the Ravens is the next dirty team with no class, if you can’t stand getting your butt slam to the ground, find a new job

  62. Jack Lambert's Dentist says: Oct 6, 2010 11:13 PM

    So what happened Unruhly, pappy die and leave you the farm? You don’t appear to have the education to aquire and run a “real” business. Let me guess, someone manages your farm and you just shovel the poop.

  63. KyleOrtonsArm says: Oct 6, 2010 11:14 PM

    Kyle Orton would beat the shit out of this guy for real.

  64. Al Davis' 40 Time says: Oct 6, 2010 11:18 PM

    pga5
    I bet Orton wasn’t chirping about dirty play during the game. Of course, it’s much more bold to do it from your locker room.
    ————————
    You bet, you lose. Watch the footage, after Finnegan hits a helmet-less Chris Kuper in the head Orton was right in the thick of the mess.
    Also you can’t take anything James Harrison says seriously. That guy is a mental case and full of rage, good football player though.

  65. dac144 says: Oct 6, 2010 11:21 PM

    To start, I am a Steeler fan. Finnegan is a little punk because he only gets physical after the whistle when five of his teamates are there. I don’t want to use Hines Ward as an example of someone who plays between the whistles because I’ll look like a Steeler homer so I’ll use Ray Lewis. I don’t like Lewis but he at least hits from the front during the play. If Finnegan wasn’t talking a good game in the media would we even be talking about him? He hasn’t done a damn thing except talk and strut in three years…

  66. Wallacej says: Oct 6, 2010 11:36 PM

    C’mon now, if your name was Cortland Finnegan you’d be a loudmouth, crap talking punk too.

  67. burntorangehorn says: Oct 6, 2010 11:54 PM

    Florio, this is a dumb article, but it worked. It was a harmless comment in the vein of focus–that is, Finnegan was asked about Orton, and he made it plain that the Cowboys, not Orton, should be the focus, because the Cowboys, not Orton, will be the Titans’ opponent this weekend.
    Seriously, what’s so hard about that? What’s even more amazing than the reach you made here is that so many people fell for it. I usually defend you a little in these comments sections, but this was a dumb, chum-in-the-water post you put up

  68. unruhly27 says: Oct 7, 2010 1:05 AM

    no jack my dad is still alive. if he was not i would have way more than 2000 acres. and ya inheriting something is just like winning the lottery. lucky. don’t hate. you prolly are some trust fund itch atleast i have to work for what i get. brock lesner and chad greenway are from the same place and upbringing as me. would you talk shit to them? prolly not

  69. kristoff says: Oct 7, 2010 1:44 AM

    oh i long 4 the days when the teabaggers didnt know anything about this website.

  70. clintcooper says: Oct 7, 2010 1:59 AM

    Finnegan is quite the mental midget isn’t he?

  71. kahnoodie says: Oct 7, 2010 2:50 AM

    Cortland Finnegan, sounds like a Harry Potter character.

  72. harloeisdead says: Oct 7, 2010 5:38 AM

    What is all this “can’t meet him in real life” nonsense? Did Orton not just throw for like 1000+ yards against Tennessee?

  73. Buck Stallion says: Oct 7, 2010 5:50 AM

    For those of you who don’t know who Finnegan is–he’s the guy that Captain Kirk beat up on that planet where you get what ever it is that you think about.
    “I always wanted to beat the tar out of Finnegan!”

  74. prmpft says: Oct 7, 2010 6:46 AM

    unruhly27
    …so what i’m reading here is that you too are pushin’ keys – but the fact that you own a 2000 acre farm and snuggle-up w/ CF on this – that makes you not a pansy…got it…

  75. realitypolice says: Oct 7, 2010 6:51 AM

    unruhly27 says:
    October 6, 2010 9:38 PM
    you pansy key pushers woulnd’t know anything about standing up for yourself and chalanging a nother man to a fight and i would put my farm (my real 2000+ acre farm) C.F. would stomp that cry baby cutlers in the dirt.
    ======================
    Dude, you are completely retarded. The article isn’t even about Cutler, and you spell like an illiterate waterhead.
    Just because you shovel the s*** out of horse stalls for minimum wage on a 2000 acre farm doesn’t mean it yours.
    Why does everyone assume the 5’10′ 188 pound Finnegan could beat up 6’4″ 225 pound Orton? Just because Orton is smart, talented, and physically gifted enough to play a far more important position that doesn’t involve tackling doesn’t mean he’s a wimp.
    And it’s not like Orton said it after the season. He said it knowing full well they could possibly meet again in the playoffs.

  76. edman13 says: Oct 7, 2010 8:19 AM

    Isn’t Cortland Finnegan the guy on the front of the Lucky Charms box?

  77. jcjets says: Oct 7, 2010 8:24 AM

    I don’t care about either of these guys, but telling Orton to come to tenn doesn’t mean a fight, he probably thinks he wouldn’t say it to his face. And Orton probably wouldn’t.

  78. NFLJunkie says: Oct 7, 2010 9:01 AM

    i’m sure his parent(s) must be proud of him – if he knows who @ least one of them is
    You obviously don’t know the first thing about Finnegan.
    It’s kind of funny seeing the overreaction nationally, though, when anyone in Nashville knows that this guy never has anything but a smile on his face and loves to joke around with the media.

  79. HamBurghlar says: Oct 7, 2010 9:20 AM

    Finnegan is a paper tiger, big talker off the field but gets burned and starts $hit every play cause hes not as good as he thinks he is. And please use that he made a Pro Bowl “that one time” as him being a great player, even a blind squirrel finds a nut sometimes.
    Hines Ward PWNS your A$$, COURTNEY….

  80. NyJetsTaketheEastin 2010 says: Oct 7, 2010 9:30 AM

    Yeah Jeff Fisher , there’s nothing dirty or cheap about your teams players ,WTF is this middle school crap(meet me at the bike racks after class )Finnegan Orton could probably kick your little curly hair headed ass…

  81. NationalFelonLeague.com © says: Oct 7, 2010 9:32 AM

    Was gonna bash Finny but everyone, including Mike, has said what I was thinking.

  82. Dave says: Oct 7, 2010 9:39 AM

    @BigMikeSkinsFan says:
    October 6, 2010 7:08 PM
    as far as cortland goes, i have no problems with him telling orton to put up or shut up. talk is cheap when you are on the other side of the country and dont have to face that person in real life.
    _________________________________
    Newsflash, dude, Kyle DID put up – he put up nearly 400 yards passing and beat Cortland and his fellow thugsters in their own back yard.

  83. ETL says: Oct 7, 2010 9:40 AM

    I wonder what Finnegan was trying to achieve from all this. Did he want us to think that he’s tough?
    I get the sense that the general consensus is that he’s a coward cheap shot artist with a big mouth and not a player that needs to be worried about during the game.

  84. poonhok says: Oct 7, 2010 10:21 AM

    Wow, Finnegan is an insecure punk….just like you insecure punks on this site thinking that he’s brave for challenging a guy to a fight who is a thousand miles away and has more important things to do, like win games……

  85. Jon Snow says: Oct 7, 2010 11:39 AM

    Orton isn’t the one that Finnegan should be worried about (nor the one that he should be inviting to Nashville). Chris Kuper was the one that he sucker punched. And Kupe’s toilet has seen much larger contributions than Cortland Finnegan.

  86. QB or not QB says: Oct 9, 2010 12:08 AM

    The REAL Cortland Finnegan, helping raise money for underpriviledged children.
    http://www.ark31.org/

  87. sullijo says: Oct 9, 2010 8:31 PM

    Courtland who?

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