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Cortland Finnegan: I’ve never seen an offense as fast as Miami’s

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The Dolphins hired Bill Lazor away from Philadelphia to be their offensive coordinator this year, and all offseason the word out of Miami has been about an up-tempo, fast-paced offensive attack. We haven’t yet seen what that Dolphins offense looks like against opposing defenses, but players on the Dolphins’ defense say the offense is giving them all they can handle.

Among those talking up the Dolphins’ offense is veteran cornerback Cortland Finnegan, who arrived in Miami as a free agent this offseason and says he’s never before had to go against a team that uses the tempo that Miami’s offense has been using in Organized Team Activities.

I’ve never seen anything this fast,” Finnegan said. “It’s great. It’s going to be great for us as an offense and defense. To go against one another, compete at this level and do it with this many bullets flying and people running around. So I’m enjoying it.”

Finnegan says the Dolphins’ defense can’t help but get better with the way the Dolphins’ offense is practicing.

“I think it’s great what the offense is giving us. It’s going to help us game time. Game speed’s going to definitely be slowed down for us and we appreciate it,” Finnegan said.

Last year the Dolphins missed the playoffs because they ended the season with a two-game losing streak in which they scored a grand total of seven points. The Dolphins cannot afford an offense that looks anything like that this year. If the talk out of Miami is to be believed, the offense this year will look a lot different.

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71 Responses to “Cortland Finnegan: I’ve never seen an offense as fast as Miami’s”
  1. eaglesnoles05 says: Jun 10, 2014 12:28 PM

    It’s the new wave of O. Why let the D get ready when you could rush them?

  2. doctormantistoboggan says: Jun 10, 2014 12:29 PM

    And then he uncrossed his fingers on both hands and laughed until he fell over…..

  3. qdog112 says: Jun 10, 2014 12:31 PM

    Here we go again. We’re bigger, faster and work harder than my last team.(or any other team) Oh and my QB is better than that other guy.

    I’m shocked.

  4. landrysghost says: Jun 10, 2014 12:31 PM

    Cortland Finnegan…”Andre Johnson has the fastest fists I’ve ever seen!”

  5. tyler4richardson says: Jun 10, 2014 12:32 PM

    Football cliches…..
    “Defense wins championships.”
    “The best defense is a good offense.”
    I’m confused.

  6. bmorepositive123 says: Jun 10, 2014 12:33 PM

    Faster offense = faster 3 and outs = more time for cortland to be a jack wagon to the other teams wide receivers.

    I’m good at math

  7. legacyar says: Jun 10, 2014 12:33 PM

    It’s hard not to get excited about this kind of stuff as a Dolphins fan. Just gotta hope the oline holds up their end.

  8. thestrategyexpert says: Jun 10, 2014 12:37 PM

    Somebody should do a study and find out how these teams rank in terms of who works the hardest and who has the fastest running units in practice. Trying to sort it out from player comments is not helping me to understand reality.

    And comments about bullets and people flying around doesn’t help, what is he talking about? It sounds like a chaotic mess or something that isn’t like any game situation I’ve ever seen. And so many people? What did Miami have a shortage of bodies in the past, where are all the extra people coming from, or in previous years did they just not let a handful of people participate in practices?

  9. realfootballfan says: Jun 10, 2014 12:38 PM

    Big fan of Lazor and think he’s a major upgrade over Sherman. Now, if Philbin can stay out of the way, this team might have something this year.

  10. floratiotime says: Jun 10, 2014 12:39 PM

    Maybe you can slow them down in practice with a few of your famous cheap shots.

  11. thepftpoet says: Jun 10, 2014 12:39 PM

    Too bad fast doesn’t equal good.

    Greg Jennings & Cordarelle Patterson are twice the receivers that Miami has.

    And we win games.

    Something Miami doesn’t do.

  12. Mr. Wright 212 says: Jun 10, 2014 12:40 PM

    eaglesnoles05 says:
    Jun 10, 2014 12:28 PM
    It’s the new wave of O. Why let the D get ready when you could rush them?
    ————-

    Because, after that fluke with the Eagles last year, and as you will learn this year, it won’t consistently work over a 16-game season the way you hope.

  13. patriotinvasion says: Jun 10, 2014 12:40 PM

    Ha, yea on the fast track to 8-8 again.

  14. isphet71 says: Jun 10, 2014 12:40 PM

    Gotta love Hyperbole Season.

  15. ronnielottspinky says: Jun 10, 2014 12:42 PM

    And then he drove to the bank and cashed his check…obligation complete

  16. yate3097 says: Jun 10, 2014 12:44 PM

    The offense at the Shady Acres retirement community would look fast to him.

    16 other offenses torched him repeatedly last season alone.

  17. ariani1985 says: Jun 10, 2014 12:45 PM

    And I never seen a defense as slow as green bay.

  18. 80sbroncofan says: Jun 10, 2014 12:46 PM

    It just looked so fast because Cortland Finnegan moves so slow now.

  19. campcouch says: Jun 10, 2014 12:46 PM

    Restructure his contract. Sounds like an excuse for losing a step.

  20. averagjoe says: Jun 10, 2014 12:47 PM

    These ravings about the benefits of a fast offense remind me of the punch in the kisser Kevin Gilbride got from Buddy Ryan for running too many three and outs in his run-n-gun offense in Houston.

  21. imbetteratlifethanyou says: Jun 10, 2014 12:48 PM

    thepftpoet says:
    Jun 10, 2014 12:39 PM
    Too bad fast doesn’t equal good.

    Greg Jennings & Cordarelle Patterson are twice the receivers that Miami has.

    And we win games.

    Something Miami doesn’t do.

    ——————–

    vikings win games? ha ha. since when? they lose 10 games EVERY year.

    #nosuperbowlsever

  22. theflyingelvis says: Jun 10, 2014 12:48 PM

    It’s kinda funny that several teams are now using the hurry up/no huddle offense, because a few years ago, when the Patriots were the first team to do it, fans of other teams and even some PLAYERS were whining and complaining that it wasn’t fair and that they were cheating somehow. Anyone who knows anything about football knows that it’s not even close to cheating. The Pats didn’t substitute players on offense when they ran it, so as soon as BB saw personnel on defense that he could exploit, they ran the hurry up, with great success. That’s what made players like Vereen and Hernandez so valuable. If the defense can’t get lined up by the time the offense snaps the ball, TOO BAD. If the Dolphins have the versatile players that are needed to run it successfully, more power to them.

  23. claymatthewshairplugs says: Jun 10, 2014 12:48 PM

    Cortland Finnegan straight up sucks when he’s not using cheap shots or doing dirty plays. And Miami’s offense sucks. When Lamar Miller is leading your depth chart and Knowshon looks more like Roseanne than a RB your offense isn’t fast.

  24. patriots123456 says: Jun 10, 2014 12:49 PM

    I’m sure he hasn’t…

    The question however, would be, in which direction are they headed?

  25. dsigrey says: Jun 10, 2014 12:49 PM

    Still have a back of the line QB and head coach that has no handle on his team.

  26. Bruce G. Owens Jr says: Jun 10, 2014 12:51 PM

    Bullets flying around? When did Hernandez get out?

  27. charger88 says: Jun 10, 2014 12:55 PM

    Let’s be honest Cortland. How fast can the offense be? Really? Maybe it’s just that you have gotten old and have lost more than a few steps which is why you are getting smoked in OTAs. Just ask Jeff Fisher why you weren’t re-signed. Miami was the only team dumb enough to sign you. I give you this year and your done.

  28. computojon says: Jun 10, 2014 12:56 PM

    Cortland Finnegan is slowing down… down… down…

    And as he slows down, everything else looks faster… faster… faster…

  29. 1uniquename says: Jun 10, 2014 12:57 PM

    bmorepositive123 says:Jun 10, 2014 12:33 PM

    Faster offense = faster 3 and outs = more time for cortland to be a jack wagon to the other teams wide receivers.

    I’m good at math

    Now that statement sure is positive. Perhaps it is time to practice what you preach? If you have nothing positive to say you’re better off saying nothing but that is only learned in time.

    Anyway the Dolphins don’t need to improve by much in order to be a playoff team this year but what we really want to see is more touchdowns on both offense and defense. Big plays sell tickets, just look at Detroit, of course winning helps too but you cant be slow and boring on offense AND lose games, if you cant win those games at least put up a lot of points.

  30. jetsjetsjetsnow says: Jun 10, 2014 12:57 PM

    Annual Fins hype is always an entertaining time of the year..

  31. tedmurph says: Jun 10, 2014 12:57 PM

    Hope so. Only 5 teams had less TOP last yr. They were off the field fast. Saving energy for the hazing, I guess.

  32. realitycheckbaby says: Jun 10, 2014 1:04 PM

    Yes, offense drives the gate, until the losing drives it the other way.

    I’ll take slow, boring, defensive victories over fast, exciting, offensive losses any day.

  33. rrhoe says: Jun 10, 2014 1:04 PM

    The NFL has a new toy,called a fast paced offense,run more plays,keep the defenses off balance and tired. In this corner is the Eagles,sporting a high octane offense that they think anybody can succeed in,can make average players good and good players great. Now you have everybody else trying their hand at the latest new thing. Defensive coordinators have had time to adapt,let the games begin.

  34. scmems07 says: Jun 10, 2014 1:05 PM

    bill lazor will be a head coach soon, hopefully it will be with miami.

  35. seatownballers says: Jun 10, 2014 1:10 PM

    5-10-1 doesn’t mean you’re winning games

  36. trubroncfan07 says: Jun 10, 2014 1:11 PM

    Can’t be faster than Denver and Manning, works great during the regular season, but does not get you aring…signed all Denver Fans!

  37. whatnojets says: Jun 10, 2014 1:16 PM

    So this translates into an 3-13 season for the Fins

  38. mjdkid100 says: Jun 10, 2014 1:19 PM

    Really?

    You’ll see one twice a year. They’re called the Patriots.

  39. rockymtnphinfan says: Jun 10, 2014 1:23 PM

    Sounds like he is running the offense with the precision of a LA-ZOR.
    Please let it be true.

  40. iamkillerfin says: Jun 10, 2014 1:23 PM

    Just let Lazor do his thing, this is last call for Philbin to make it. Lazor should be the coach next year because I don’t think Philbin is gonna cut it!!! The losses to junk jets & jills really sucked!!! All you heters are gonna see a new Fins team this year… SWEEP the junk jets, jills & 1 from the patsies & SWEEP the AFC West!!! BOOK IT, GO FINS!!!

  41. missingjimmyjohnsonsince1994 says: Jun 10, 2014 1:25 PM

    Every NFL team will be doing this soon but it is going to cost running backs a lot and the league is eventually going to impose some sort of rule like college football coaches have suggested.

    The NFL will enjoy is for a few years as games are faster paced and higher scoring but eventually it will stop once enough coaches complain and defenses can’t keep up as well as a team like Seattle.

  42. iamkillerfin says: Jun 10, 2014 1:25 PM

    Ya all saw the Broncos fold like a taco in the Super Bowl!!! The Fins WILL beat Denver in their house… BOOK IT, GO FINS!!!

  43. VenerableAxiom says: Jun 10, 2014 1:25 PM

    Consider me cautiously optimistic.

  44. missingjimmyjohnsonsince1994 says: Jun 10, 2014 1:38 PM

    Bill Lazor did well in Philly but was it him or Chip Kelly? Maybe he is a quality NFL coach and I hope he is for the Dolphins sake – they have suffered enough since Marino, but he was a terrible, terrible college coach. I guess College football teams were able to adapt to the fast pace offense more than the NFL teams (coaches)

  45. antalicus says: Jun 10, 2014 1:47 PM

    When your O-Line is terrible you have to be fast…

  46. magicmtndan says: Jun 10, 2014 2:05 PM

    Fast tempo football is the rage. In college. Sure, fast tempo football can be used in the NFL but the reality is that running plays faster puts a lot more pressure on the offense to get first downs and on the defense (when the offense comes off the field QUICKLY).

    No huddle/hurry-up offense seems to be the best such as how the Broncos run it making the defenses line up quickly and then Peyton surveys the field and holds the defense in position until he calls (“Omaha”) and snaps the ball.

  47. devildog911 says: Jun 10, 2014 2:05 PM

    Does it matter? He won’t even make the roster.

  48. Bart DePalma says: Jun 10, 2014 2:11 PM

    Finnegan is not saying anything the local sports press has not been reporting from the OTAs.

    Lazor is standing behind the QB, switching receivers all over the field, and ensuring that the offense maintains the tempo.

    In stark contrast to last year, Lazor is feeding Wallace. Wallace is playing on both sides, the slot and even out of the backfield.

    Tannehill is throwing 3-5 TDs per practice, 1-3 to Wallace.

    This is the first time since Marino that the O appears to have the upper hand on the D in practices. This offense is confusing as hell and the CBs are struggling to keep track of all the moving parts.

    From the press descriptions, this is a variant on, but not the same thing as the Kelly O in either the pros or college.

  49. iman62 says: Jun 10, 2014 2:15 PM

    Sharks with Lazors

  50. billsfan1 says: Jun 10, 2014 2:23 PM

    It’s kinda funny that several teams are now using the hurry up/no huddle offense, because a few years ago, when the Patriots were the first team to do it, fans of other teams and even some PLAYERS were whining and complaining that it wasn’t fair and that they were cheating somehow. Anyone who knows anything about football knows that it’s not even close to cheating. The Pats didn’t substitute players on offense when they ran it, so as soon as BB saw personnel on defense that he could exploit, they ran the hurry up, with great success. That’s what made players like Vereen and Hernandez so valuable. If the defense can’t get lined up by the time the offense snaps the ball, TOO BAD. If the Dolphins have the versatile players that are needed to run it successfully, more power to them.

    Oh good. What’s a post without the Pats fans complaining. #shutupalready #waittilbradyretires

  51. slick50ks says: Jun 10, 2014 2:25 PM

    Everything looks fast to this sloth.

    Congrats NE on your eleventeenth division championship in a row.

    I wish my team played in a terrible division.

  52. FinFan68 says: Jun 10, 2014 2:35 PM

    This is the 3rd year that they have looked very fast in OTAs. The last two years they scrapped it and awkwardly ran slow developing plays and the pace was slow as well. Eventually Miami fans will get an offense capable of averaging 28+ points per game…maybe it’s this year. Maybe that’s wishful thinking, again.

  53. flash1287 says: Jun 10, 2014 2:56 PM

    Cortland Finnegan: I’ve never seen a season slip away as fast as Miami’s

  54. worshipck7 says: Jun 10, 2014 3:14 PM

    Our QB in San Francisco is faster than the whole Miami team, the Dolphins will finish 5-11.

    San Francisco will be going to the Super Bowl.

  55. beachsidejames says: Jun 10, 2014 3:15 PM

    Positive talk is good but nobody is in pads yet and that changes everything. The game day results is what will matter.

  56. fanofthegame1 says: Jun 10, 2014 3:34 PM

    There is no LeSean McCoy in Miami…….. it only works with an elite RB to carry the load.

  57. realdealsteel says: Jun 10, 2014 3:48 PM

    Wait until he sees the Eagles offense.

  58. b3nz0z says: Jun 10, 2014 3:54 PM

    that speed is only part of the equation for success. it has to be combined with an efficient scheme, superior health and conditioning, and a defense that can consistently get off the field quickly.

  59. xpensivewinos says: Jun 10, 2014 4:24 PM

    Well, on the upside, it difficult to believe their offense can be any worse than it’s been.

    On the downside, Stephen Ross, Joe Philibin, Dawn Aponte and Tom Garfinkel are still in charge, so the team is doomed to fail.

  60. bearshaterseverywhere says: Jun 10, 2014 4:33 PM

    That’s cause you played for the Rams dude.

  61. baltimoresnativeson says: Jun 10, 2014 4:34 PM

    Please keep in mind he practiced against Jeff Fisher offenses his entire career.

  62. uglydingo says: Jun 10, 2014 5:51 PM

    Everyone remembers Miami’s terrible finish to last season but the team was highly competitive for most of the season and lost a string of games very narrowly.
    If the O-line has improved and Lazor succeeds in making the Offense fast tempo, the Dolphins could be far better than most expect. Most people will laugh but prepare to be shocked, Miami is flying under the radar.

  63. donnymacjack says: Jun 10, 2014 6:35 PM

    And he’s never played offense against the fastest defense in the league…which just won a super bowl playing much faster than the Broncos had seen all year.

  64. mitchfla says: Jun 10, 2014 7:08 PM

    He means the Heat right?

  65. nouhoh64 says: Jun 10, 2014 7:08 PM

    Fastest “O” he’s ever seen? Cortland is seeing things. Guess those blows from Andre are starting to kick in.

  66. ck7isgod says: Jun 10, 2014 7:34 PM

    Miami is slow period. Will miss the playoffs again.

  67. imnotsorryisaidthat says: Jun 10, 2014 8:14 PM

    go to a philly practice

  68. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Jun 10, 2014 8:27 PM

    Miami will have the fastest 3 and out offense in the NFL.

  69. bbwasright says: Jun 10, 2014 9:35 PM

    LOL!!! So, when the Dolphins go 3-and-out consistently against the Patriots… twice this season – they will only waste 20 seconds of time off the clock? That means that Brady will get to take 40 seconds per play and move the ball 5 yards per play down the field – scoring a TD each possession and doing so 3 times per half. Sounds good to me!

  70. coldwater32301 says: Jun 11, 2014 10:23 AM

    We have a lot of undercover Dolphins fans posing as Patriots fans on this thread huh…I find it interesting that the patriots fan find their way to most of our threads… can we say that the once Juggernauts of the AFC East are beginning to feel a humanistic chill…Indeed.. Go Phins…

  71. fishyinalittledishy says: Jun 12, 2014 7:36 AM

    Sounds great but i have heard it all before. Trouble is if they don’t pick up first downs our defense will have a lot of time on the field. Plus i always feel these fast paced offences seem to be either hot or cold and eventually end the season with a whimper mind you we ended like like last year with a slow paced offence. Who knows

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