Corland Finnegan predicts Rams or Lions as the next Super Bowl winners
First the Detroit Lions players had been selling their team this offseason as the next Super Bowl winners. Now Finnegan joins their ranks, counting the Lions among one of his two possibilities to win the 2014 Super Bowl, right behind his beloved St. Louis Rams.
"If we don't win it, I'll take the Lions winning it next," said Finnegan at a charity softball game in Metro Detroit, which also featured several Lions players.
Finnegan reasoned that the Lions have one of the toughest passing attacks he has faced over his entire NFL career. The 29-year-old Finnegan experienced first-hand Calvin Johnson’s impact on their Detroit offense as well as the havoc he brought onto the opposing defenses as the Lions beat the Rams in Week 1 last season. Johnson caught six passes for 111 yards in the season opener against the Rams.
“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,” said Finnegan. “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 [Jim] Schwartz, he’s always going to put together a good team.”
Both teams have certainly improved their rosters over the offseason. The Rams feature a young group of players, who possess raw talent but are largely untested. But the current roster, as it stands, holds some similarities in the broader sense with the humble San Francisco 49ers offense that won the 2013 Super Bowl while being anchored by a veteran defense.
However, it should also be noted that the Rams went 7-8-1 in Jeff Fisher’s first season as head coach during 2012. Jeff Fisher was the Titans’ head coach for the first-five years of Finnegan’s career in the NFL at Tennessee.
Moreover, perhaps its Finnegan’s loyalty playing up in his judgment considering the Lions’ current head coach Jim Schwartz was Fisher’s defensive coordinator when Finnegan entered the league as the Titans’ seventh-round pick in 2006. After all, the Lions missed the playoffs last season, after tying for the last spot in the NFC on heels of a 4-12 record, including eight straight games towards the end of the 2012 season.
Moreover, Finnegan was being courted by both the Rams and Lions in the 2012 offseason, before he signed with the Rams on a five-year deal last March.
Still, Finnegan has the right to pass time this offseason playing the Super Bowl prediction game, even if the odds may be against his front runners.