Cortland Finnegan has never been described as shy among NFL circles, and the St. Louis Rams cornerback went a step further to reinforce that opinion with his most recent comments. There is always a healthy dose of optimism when training camps are nearing their commencement, but Finnegan brought more than just an upbeat outlook to the table.
When asked about the upcoming Super Bowl, the outspoken corner said:
“If we don’t win it, I’ll take the Lions winning it next.”
If you are confused as to why, out of any other teams in the league, Finnegan would choose the Detroit Lions, look no further than their head coach Jim Schwartz. Of course his pick may have been a case of ‘knowing your audience’ more than anything as Finnegan shared these comments with the Detroit Free Press during a charity softball game with Lions Stephen Tulloch and Nate Burleson.
Back when Jeff Fisher took the Rams’ gig a year ago, Finnegan was a free agent target for the Lions as well due to his connections to Schwartz from his Tennessee Titans days. Still picking a team that has won just one playoff game since 1957 to win the Super Bowl is beyond under the radar. He would further elaborate on his logic for the choice saying:
“You don’t have the name Megatron for any other reason other than you’re a bad man. So that’s where it’s at. They had a lot of good things going for them. Slot receivers, (Matthew) Stafford is amazing. They picked up some good stuff this year. So Schwartz, he’s always going to put together a good team.”
Finnegan isn’t the first current NFL’er to pick the Lions for this year’s Super Bowl, but the other two (Nick Fairley and Reggie Bush) just so happen to play for the team. This undying allegiance to former coaches makes you wonder what they were putting in the water down in Tennessee.