I’ve done my fair share of picking on Cortland Finnegan while running this site for the past year or so.
Nothing personal against him, he just massively underperformed while wearing a Rams uniform and got paid nearly $30 million over two years to do so. The whole Finnegan era was quite ugly.
Now, though, Finnegan, who signed a free agent contract with the Miami Dolphins this offseason, claims he still has the skills to be a starting cornerback in the NFL. The more interesting tidbit in Finnegan’s recent interview to the Miami Herald, however, was this paragraph regarding former Rams defensive coordinator Tim Walton:
When I asked Finnegan about that last week, he said Walton’s defensive system was “atrocious. From the game plan to technique to fundamentals, they weren’t in line with a defensive coordinator who knew what he was doing. He was a great defensive backs coach, but when you’re in over your head, it’s kind of tough… Here coaches know to play guys to their strengths. I wish I had been here a long time ago. [Coordinator Kevin] Coyle is so good at dissecting offenses.”
Obviously, Jeff Fisher at least somewhat agrees with Finnegan, since he fired Walton earlier this year as soon as Fisher kissed and made up with old buddy Gregg Williams. But this is the first public comment (that I’ve seen anyway) where Walton has been so openly criticized.