When it first came out that Cortland Finnegan would be spearheading efforts to organize off-site workouts for the Titans during the lockout, I saw a very good sign.
The Titans cornerback played OK in 2010, but his personality had changed a great deal from when he became a fan favorite by turning from a seventh-rounder into an All-Pro. He got caught up in talk of being dirty and bristled at even slight criticism, a tough stance to take as a corner.
Taking on a leadership role during the labor impasse looked like a very positive development.
Even better were his comments to John Glennon:
“It’s the last year of my contract and I’ve got to be on my 'ones and twos.' A leader needs to step up for this team. I feel like last year, due to certain circumstances, I wasn’t that guy. So I need to be that way now -- to the reporters, to everyone, man. I need to be more accountable.”
“… No, for whatever reason, sometimes we can get selfish, and sometimes humility and talking to the right people (who have that) is good. So I apologize to the media and all of that. I just need to be ready for the good times and the bad times.”
There is a new regime coaching the team now. The new defensive coordinator, Jerry Gray, was defensive backs coach back when the Tennessee secondary was especially good.
That group was headlined by safeties Blaine Bishop and Marcus Robertson (now defensive backs coach) and cornerback Samari Rolle. Their hallmark was accountability.