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

AP

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.

71 responses to “Cortland Finnegan: I’ve never seen an offense as fast as Miami’s

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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?

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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

    16 other offenses torched him repeatedly last season alone.

  7. 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.

  8. 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

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. I’m sure he hasn’t…

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

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

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

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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!!!

  18. 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.

  19. 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)

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. 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

  23. 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.

  24. 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.

  25. 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.

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

  27. 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.

  28. 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.

  29. 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.

  30. 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.

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

  32. 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!

  33. 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…

  34. 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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