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Cortland Finnegan openly questions whether Hasselbeck fits the Titans

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The Tennessee Titans made a big splash in the free-agent market on Wednesday morning, agreeing to terms with quarterback Matt Hasselbeck.  In theory, the arrival of the cagey veteran should help stabilize a somewhat dysfunctional roster.

In theory.

Cornerback Cortland Finnegan openly questioned the manner in which Hasselbeck fits with the franchise during an interview with 104.5 the Zone.

“He throws the ball with good checkdowns, good intermediate passing game,” Finnegan said, via Music City Miracles.  “That’s a West Coast offense they run, he throws the ball quick.  I don’t fear his deep ball.  Don’t get me wrong, he’s great at what he’s done.  Pro Bowls, All Pros, even playing in the Super Bowl, but for what we have going, what direction I want to go and the team wants to go, I don’t know if he fits what we need, but I’m not the G.M., I’m not the front office.

The good news, if there is any, is that Finnegan likes Jake Locker.

“He’s got all of it, I mean he can make all the throws, and you go back to college, he’s a tough physical kid, doesn’t mind running the football, getting down and dirty, and he works hard,” Finnegan said.  “Hard work beats talent.  Hands down, man down.  That’s something he’s done consistently.  The thing I’ve seen thus far is that he’s worked hard, and I can go to battle for someone like that.  No matter the interceptions, no matter the growing pains, we can go to work with him.”

If Finnegan’s comments are representative of more than a handful of the Titans players, Hasselbeck will have to win over the locker room quickly.  And if the Titans struggle early, it could be Locker who quickly is thrust into the fray.

UPDATE:  In the interests of clarity, Finnegan’s comments came on Monday.  We doubt that he has changed his mind in the last two days.

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62 Responses to “Cortland Finnegan openly questions whether Hasselbeck fits the Titans”
  1. Nikhil Balakumar says: Jul 27, 2011 7:36 PM

    we should have made a run at mcnabb, another move just proving our front office strives for mediocrity

  2. thephantomstranger says: Jul 27, 2011 7:37 PM

    Hasselbeck might have a problem. They don’t call it the Locker room for nothing.

  3. fmwarner says: Jul 27, 2011 7:37 PM

    I doubt many people are concerned about the direction Cortland Finnegan wants the team to go besides Cortland Finnegan.

  4. xinellum says: Jul 27, 2011 7:38 PM

    Latest info on PFT: Courtland Finnegan released by Titans. Lets face it, guy is a referee magnet, as they get tougher on illegal hits, this guy is gonna be hurting and will probably be sitting a couple games. His episode last year wont go over as well now since Goodell has 1o years before he has to deal with any bs about the punishment he will be doling out. Finnegan clearly is not talented, he is just dirty and that type of player is headed out of football.

  5. eaglesfootballfan says: Jul 27, 2011 7:38 PM

    Cortland Finnegan is a dirty player and punk.

  6. seahawks4alltime says: Jul 27, 2011 7:39 PM

    Put your best chance to win on the field. I guarantee you that at this point, Tennessee’s best chance is Hasselbeck. Locker is the future, but he’ll have plenty to learn from Matt.

  7. steelcity09 says: Jul 27, 2011 7:40 PM

    Five words:

    Andre Johnson beat you down.

  8. darthvincent says: Jul 27, 2011 7:40 PM

    I’m trying to figure out how a small 5’10″ DB with 9 pass defends and 2 Int’s has the ability to mouth-off about anything let alone about a QB who is much better than anyone they had on the roster last year….

  9. sweetnlow44 says: Jul 27, 2011 7:40 PM

    What an idiot.

  10. bluefan204 says: Jul 27, 2011 7:40 PM

    Maybe Hasselbeck should rip Finnegan’s helmet off and whoop his a** on the practice field. It did wonders for Andre Johnson

  11. hawkjuice says: Jul 27, 2011 7:41 PM

    With a functioning O line Hasselbeck can air it out as good as anyone.

  12. broncobeta says: Jul 27, 2011 7:41 PM

    “I don’t fear his deep ball.”

    Talk all the trash you want, no one fears your game Finny. He’s like a rabid chipmunk, more funny than fearsome.

    Just be quiet for once.

  13. seneca1ss says: Jul 27, 2011 7:42 PM

    maybe he’s still Punch Drunk from Andre Johnson

  14. pacash80 says: Jul 27, 2011 7:43 PM

    Classy.

  15. The Baseball Gods says: Jul 27, 2011 7:43 PM

    Damn, when I started reading the title of this post I thought it was going to say “Cortland Finnegan openly questions his sexuality.” That would have been much more interesting.

  16. NFLJunkie says: Jul 27, 2011 7:44 PM

    Hey Finny?

    First of all, beggars can’t be choosers, the market of veteran options who might have a couple good years left isn’t that great, and the fact that Hasselbeck has a prior relationship with Locker and even new OC Palmer to some extent is a huge selling point, including over Kerry Collins.

    Second, Palmer is not Heimerdinger, and it remains to be seen what kind of passing game he’ll choose to emphasize.

    But it’ll be fun seeing watching you match up against Hasselbeck and Britt now in training camp!

  17. emil4423 says: Jul 27, 2011 7:44 PM

    He’s better than Rusty Smith!!!

  18. son681 says: Jul 27, 2011 7:45 PM

    Talent over hard work

  19. bahshah27 says: Jul 27, 2011 7:45 PM

    It’s cool that this guy is supporting and encouraging his rookie qb. But dude…VY is gone, Kerry Collins is done, the abbreviated off season doesn’t help your rookie out at all. Matt is as solid as any other qb available and he’s smart enough to learn your offense quicker than the rookie.

    Maybe Andre Johnson killed a few too many of his brain cells.

  20. thetechnocrat says: Jul 27, 2011 7:46 PM

    what direction I want to go and the team wants to go, I don’t know if he fits what we need, but I’m not the G.M., I’m not the front office

    Really? Then how do you know what direction the team wants to go? Stick to defense and getting pounded in the face by big dudes.

  21. bison4me says: Jul 27, 2011 7:49 PM

    I don’t know if Hasselbeck is a fit for the Titans, but I do know that your face was a perfect fit around Andre Johnson’s fists. You do don’t think he’s a fit for the direction “You” want the team to go in, I got news for you. I don’t think Titian’s management gives a **** about what you think.

  22. billinva says: Jul 27, 2011 7:49 PM

    Cortland Finnegan is a four star jerk.

  23. drbandkgb says: Jul 27, 2011 7:50 PM

    Who is CF to say all of this? I like the kid but come on.. Its not like your a shut down corner :)

    Ill give #8 a chance.. Im pretty sure he isnt going to throw the coach under the bus like some one else I know

  24. jagsdaddy says: Jul 27, 2011 7:51 PM

    Not a huge Hasselback fan, but the guy is a veteran QB that can help in the meantime while Locker is groomed.

    Finnegan should be more worried about Andre Johnson whooping his a** again.

    2011 Titans = Sucks

  25. bucwild05 says: Jul 27, 2011 7:52 PM

    I still like Finny! Love to watch him play.

  26. riverhorsey says: Jul 27, 2011 7:54 PM

    Finnegan should be gone.

  27. boisebob says: Jul 27, 2011 7:56 PM

    hawkjuice has it right. When the Hawks had that great left side O line, Hasselback was as good as any.

  28. fthrvic says: Jul 27, 2011 8:00 PM

    Whatever DJ Pauly D. This is why you’re team is a second class organization, because of losers like you.

  29. gfan8611 says: Jul 27, 2011 8:00 PM

    Signing an a veteran QB on his last legs is making a big splash? He was obviously signed so they don’t have to throw Locker out there on day one.

  30. gfan8611 says: Jul 27, 2011 8:00 PM

    Signing a veteran QB on his last legs is making a big splash? He was obviously signed so they don’t have to throw Locker out there on day one.

  31. shortytallz says: Jul 27, 2011 8:02 PM

    He made these statements on July 25, before Hasselbeck was close to a sure thing. Stupid stuff, regardless.

  32. bucks12965 says: Jul 27, 2011 8:03 PM

    I think Finnigan is the one person who voted against bluefan204′s comment.

  33. staff2cj4td says: Jul 27, 2011 8:03 PM

    “I don’t fear his deep ball, but i still have nightmares of hard quick fists!!!”

  34. aaronitout says: Jul 27, 2011 8:03 PM

    xinellum says:
    Jul 27, 2011 7:38 PM
    Latest info on PFT: Courtland Finnegan released by Titans. Lets face it, guy is a referee magnet, as they get tougher on illegal hits, this guy is gonna be hurting and will probably be sitting a couple games. His episode last year wont go over as well now since Goodell has 1o years before he has to deal with any bs about the punishment he will be doling out. Finnegan clearly is not talented, he is just dirty and that type of player is headed out of football.

    ———————————————————

    Your statement that Goodell doesn’t have to worry for 10 yrs is incorrect. Part of the CBA agreement was that when the players re-certify the union they will then discuss with Goodell which direction the player conduct policy/enforcement of the policy will go….all that being said, Finnegan is a penalty getting loudmouth.

  35. sickpuppyz says: Jul 27, 2011 8:05 PM

    If Finnegan would have made these comments while playing fro the Pats he would get a beat down in the locker room before he even got to BB for his walking papers. but that’s what you get when you do’t have a real captain steering the ship.

    what a total punk…way to support a rookie who hasn’t done a thing over a proven vet who while not in his prime anymore can still play the game with his eyes closed.

  36. thereisalwaysnextyear says: Jul 27, 2011 8:05 PM

    Hasselbeck averaged 6.9yds per attempt in his NFL career, while Locker averaged just 6.6yds per attempt in college. Oh yeh and Locker was barely a 55% passer. Carefull what you wish for there in Ten.

  37. beastofeden says: Jul 27, 2011 8:05 PM

    Cortland Burned-again is one of the worst CB’s in the league. Big mouth, tiny action.

  38. moonriver22 says: Jul 27, 2011 8:07 PM

    Wish list headline: In the most surprising move of the day, the Titans have inked Nnamdi. Finnegan likely headed to the Bengals in a trade for….well, let’s use the Redskins’ line: a ham sandwich.

  39. realfootballfan says: Jul 27, 2011 8:08 PM

    Did Finnegan just conjure his inner Mark Jackson with the “hands down, mand down” quote?

  40. goldeelox says: Jul 27, 2011 8:12 PM

    In fairness, wasn’t this statement made by Finnegan before the Flaming Thumbtacks signed Hasselbeck? But, fortunately for Finnegan, he was a mouthy punk before and after the signing of Hasselbeck.

  41. texansmike says: Jul 27, 2011 8:23 PM

    Finnegan for draft picks? I’m just sayin’

  42. gbaird25 says: Jul 27, 2011 8:33 PM

    Regardless of what you think of the Irishman, he is right. Hasselbeck’s best days are far behind him.

  43. qdog112 says: Jul 27, 2011 8:37 PM

    As a fan who followed the Titans from Houston, I have to say that I’m 50/50 with Finnegan. Hasselback is a stop-gap at best, as I think they have downgraded at QB. On the other hand Jake Locker is not capable of playing the position in the NFL. He is a run first, scatter-arm guy who had his best year as a freshman and didn’t progress. Long term the Titans have blown it. Locker hit 54% of his passes in college and all the “experts” dwell on Cam and Terrell, who both hit over 60% and won something. Yet they repeat the lie about Terrell and Cam’s accuracy problems. Good bye Titans, it was nice while it lasted.

  44. dailyminefield says: Jul 27, 2011 8:37 PM

    Keep mouthing bout andre johnson. He should beat him down. He’s got 40 lbs and 6 inches on him. Btw aj’s stats against finn aren’t impressive.

  45. oscarbluth says: Jul 27, 2011 8:39 PM

    This article is a bit misleading. True Finnegan made those comments. But nowhere in the post does it mention that these comments were made two days ago BEFORE Hasselbeck was signed. That’s very pertinent information to the post that was completely left out.

    The way this post was written would lead the vast majority of readers to believe he just made the comments today. “Cornerback Cortland Finnegan openly questioned the manner in which Hasselbeck fits with the franchise during an interview with 104.5 the Zone.” Would it had been so hard to put the words “on Monday” at the end of that sentence? Just for a little clarification?

  46. daburgher says: Jul 27, 2011 8:46 PM

    Cortland is a dirty player but I love his intensity.. The league used to be full of players like him.. its just a different game now. That said, he should STFU about Hasselbeck, especially since he is light years better than Vince young could ever dream of being.

  47. tntitans31 says: Jul 27, 2011 8:49 PM

    “Funny thing media turns nothing into something. Hasselbeck Was not a Titan when asked about him, he is a pro and great guy look forward to a super bowl run”. -Cortland Finnegan. Everyone relax, seriously.

  48. andyreidisfat says: Jul 27, 2011 8:51 PM

    I agree with Courtland, that being said, what a$$ munch for saying it about a guy who is now a teammate. Weather its true or not stuff like this is what makes a loser.

    You never hear this stuff from the Steelers Eagles Pats orPackers. Funny how those 4 teams are playoff teams every year.

    I think thats all about coaching and franchise structure though. All those teams have a tremdous coach and even more than that they all have great front office staff that has been aroundd for years. I still think the shame of this whole offseason was the former titans coach choosing to leave a job that imo he was still doing a great job at.

  49. savannahrose44 says: Jul 27, 2011 9:00 PM

    Way to build report with your new QB…This guy isn’t the brightest is he?

  50. nflofficeadmin says: Jul 27, 2011 9:02 PM

    Finny may not fear hasselbeck’s deep balls, but he better feat matt teaching him a lesson and going balls deep into Finny.

  51. NFLJunkie says: Jul 27, 2011 9:03 PM

    Even though I know Finny doesn’t always think ahead when he says stuff in interviews and therefore sets himself up for grief, I don’t worry about him because I know the guy is never speaking maliciously like people outside of Nashville imagine him to be. He’s no punk in the locker room. He’s only an aggressive personality between the lines.

    Prediction: he and Hasselbeck will hit it off just fine because Finny is a good teammate with a sense of humor and Hasselbeck seems to share those traits.

  52. mmmpieyummy says: Jul 27, 2011 9:15 PM

    Finnegan is definitely a punk…but man, I love that photo. Anytime I see a hit wipe that cheesy-ass smile off Hines Ward’s face, it makes me happy. :)

  53. drgreenstreak says: Jul 27, 2011 9:19 PM

    The red-headed stepchild needs a good backhand to the chops.

  54. rickthefactor says: Jul 27, 2011 9:20 PM

    who in the hell is Cortland finnegan, besides an average cb that calls Andre Johnson calls daddy…

  55. jaxhammer says: Jul 27, 2011 9:21 PM

    Same guy who didn’t “FEAR” A.J! Might want to relax CORT! Let the management do their job,you work on your self defense!

  56. jaxhammer says: Jul 27, 2011 9:22 PM

    PFT should have used the “beat down” pict for the article instead!

  57. nep1283 says: Jul 27, 2011 9:23 PM

    this guy still cant think clearly from andre johnsons fists. he dont know wat he sayin

  58. doe22us says: Jul 27, 2011 9:25 PM

    Finnegan is right Hasselbeck was atrocious last yr, save a flash in the pan playoff performance. Throw the rookie in there, besides first round rookies have been starting right of the bat in recent time.

  59. descendency says: Jul 27, 2011 9:29 PM

    Does he not have an arrest record? Cry at half time? Fake suicide with an unloaded gun?

    I think this guy is a perfect fit. (for a short term bandaid)

  60. commandercornpone says: Jul 27, 2011 9:35 PM

    .. with a name like cortland finnegan…

    he should be singing show tunes with…

    or taking long walks on the beach with…

    or swapping bodily fluids in the shower with…

    …channing crowder….

  61. refuse2fail says: Jul 28, 2011 12:42 AM

    Finnegan is nothing more than a dirty and overrated ball player. This guy should keep his mouth shut. Ten years from now, most NFL fans will still remember Hasselbeck; but few will remember finnewho…

  62. txhc says: Jul 28, 2011 1:30 AM

    Shortly after reading Finnegan’s comments, Hasselbeck gave Andre Johnson a call.

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