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Friday, October 21, 2011
Walter on Finnegan, Marks on cut-blocking

By Paul Kuharsky

In a recent radio appearance on “The Big Show” on Sports 790 in Houston, Kevin Walter offered a pretty reasonable review of Titans cornerback Cortland Finnegan.

Finnegan prides himself on being an irritant. In the Titans’ loss at Houston last season, he prompted Andre Johnson to take several swings at him as they lined up across from each other.

Said Walter:
“Even before last year, before the whole fight with him and Andre -- years before that -- he’s been pushing people around. He’s pushed me in the back. But you know what? He runs away, he’ll run away from it. You go to talk to him, he’ll kind of hide by his guys. Then after the game he talks to you like nothing’s going on. Like. ‘Hey man, how are you doing?’ Seems like a nice guy after the game.

“But he’s the type of guy, you see him on film and you’re like 'what is he doing, why is he playing like that?' But I would say it’d be pretty cool to have a guy like that on your team because he’s busting his tail all the time. I’m not saying I like the guy, but he’s going out there and giving his effort, giving his all. If he can be a [jerk] here and there, that’s how he plays it.”

Let’s watch for, and be wary of, that large paragraph getting reduced to one line that makes it sound as if Walter simply called Finnegan a bad name.

Walter also said the Titans have played almost all zone coverage, but he knows coming off a bye they can throw a big changeup at the Texans showing more man coverage.

The Titans also have some concerns with the Texans. Defensive tackle Sen'Derrick Marks doesn’t like the way Houston’s offensive line blocks, even if the cut blocks they use are legal. He said he’s been hurt by Eric Winston and Wade Smith.

Marks, via Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean.
“I don’t like it, I don’t see that as being a good football player, as being a good offensive lineman. I never talk with Wade, I don’t know him. But I don’t like the way he did that block and I don’t like how Eric Winston did it the time he did it. I have a grudge against both of them about that…”

“We know the way they play, and knowing guys that play like that zone scheme who do a lot of cut-blocking, you just try and stay on your feet. You just try and keep your shoulders square and stay on your feet. But I don’t like the way they do it. I think that is something they should have taken out when they did the new (collective bargaining agreement).”