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Titans’ CB Finnegan not excited by Hasselbeck signing

Jul 29, 2011, 10:50 AM | Updated: 3:57 pm


Tennessee CB Cortland Finnegan isn’t thrilled with the acquisition of Matt Hasselbeck. (AP)

By Jacob Thorpe
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Not everyone will be waiting with open arms to meet Matt Hasselbeck when he arrives in Tennessee. As the Titans newly signed quarterback, Hasselbeck is expected to start for a year or two while rookie Jake Locker adjusts to the NFL game.

Defensive back Cortland Finnegan recently went on 104.5 the Zone and had some choice words to describe Hasselbeck, who had yet to sign with the Titans.

“He throws the ball with good checkdowns, good intermediate passing game,” Finnegan said. “That’s a west coast offense they run, he throws the ball quick. I don’t fear his deep ball. Don’t get me wrong, he’s great at what he’s done. Pro Bowls, All Pros, even playing in the Super Bowl, but for what we have going, what direction I want to go and the team wants to go, I don’t know if he fits what we need, but I’m not the GM, I’m not the front office.”

While the prospects of playing with Hasselbeck don’t seem to excite Finnegan, the former Pro Bowl starter had nothing but good things to say about Locker.

“He’s got all of it, I mean he can make all the throws, and you go back to college, he’s a tough physical kid, doesn’t mind running the football, getting down and dirty, and he works hard,” Finnegan said. “Hard work beats talent. Hands down, man down. That’s something he’s done consistently. The thing I’ve seen thus far is that he’s worked hard, and I can go to battle for someone like that. No matter the interceptions, no matter the growing pains, we can go to work with him.”

Before Hasselbeck can start winning over Titans fans, he’s going to have to convince some of his own players he’s the right guy for the job.

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