Titans cornerback Cortland Finnegan has at least one admirer in the AFC South, even if he is public enemy No. 1 in Houston right now.
Jacksonville Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio, whose team travels to Nashville on Sunday, said he has no problem with Finnegan's aggressive style of play.
“I like his tenacity. I like the way he goes after people, and I've told him that before,” Del Rio said on his conference call with Nashville reporters.
Finnegan was fined $25,000 on Monday for his role in instigating a fight with the Texans' Andre Johnson, who landed three punches on Finnegan and was fined $25,000 as well. Both players were ejected from the game, but avoided a suspension.
Del Rio said he does warn his players not to be baited into Finnegan's mind games and aggressive tactics on the field.
“He's going to be super aggressive,” Del Rio said. “First of all, I like the way he plays. I don't have a problem with it. And I tell our guys, if you feel something occurs right beyond the blow of the whistle or any of that stuff, you need to react properly and have poise, because that's not the time to show me your a tough guy.”