In Week Four, Titans defensive coodinator Chuck Cecil fired off a one-fingered salute to officials working Tennessee’s game against the Broncos. The league promptly fired off a $40,000 fine in response.
In Week Five, Cecil had a plan for preventing a repeat occurrence. He tied his index finger and middle finger together.
“You know what? I made a mistake, a big mistake with what I did,” Cecil
said, per Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean. “And basically I was making fun of myself by doing that. It was an
extremely poor choice on my part, and I was just trying to make light
on the fact that I am such an idiot. I apologized, but I was an idiot to
do it in the first place.”
Cecil actually removed the tape once the game started.
“I just don’t want to elongate the story,” Cecil said, creating yet another unintended double-entendre for an entirely different topic that continues to dominate the NFL news cycle. “The reason I took [the tape]
off was because I didn’t want it to be a big story. . . . I didn’t want to
turn it into a bigger story. I want to let it die, but I was actually
making fun of myself in pregame.”
We appreciate the attempt at humor. If Cecil were truly committed to the craft of comedy, however, he would have pulled a Ronnie Lott and had the middle finger amputated.