So yeah, you read it just like I did: Cortland Finnegan is done for the season. Although I did not see it coming, I can say I am not surprised. Only because his play has shown some hindrance this season and injury is the best excuse for it.
A statement made from coach Jeff Fisher in training camp, April 2012 says it best, "Our philosophy is get the best players on the field." Do I disrespect Mr. Finnegan's history of hard nosed play making ability? Certainly not, but this is a the time of transition. All of us have seen it as fans and former players; when you get to a point as a professional athlete that you have to change your 'schtick' to fit your ability . Age may not necessarily be from years lived, as much as the number of plays on the field, injuries, or even number of close calls.
Whether it be an amazing returner like Devin Hester - who has a great history of amazing plays - who's surely not the player he used to be, or a fading Albert Pujols who gave his best to St. Louis yet is now not as great as yesteryear, their game play must change to fit their age. Both are still dangerous, as stated by Coach Fisher this past week.
So when we say goodbye, we say it with respect, and the expectation that you - Mr. Finnegan - will stick around while you heal up for next season to continue to be a player-coach to the young men now stepping in the make a run at a chance of a wild card spot. Let's hope that the healing will translate to game play from you next season that is commensurate to your contract.
For us fans, we can be sure of this: this move shows that the team knows when to make a move and knows it's players well enough to put the best players on the field on Sunday. This move shows me that while there may be enough stacked against us against the Bears to be anxious over a win, Jeff Fisher and company will be putting the best of the best on the field.
Sure, we could have kept going through out the rest of the season waiting for his eye to heal up, but the problem with that is no one but the Rams truly know the severity of his injury. So through multiple injuries this past season, Cortland Finnegan tried to play through, but he has come to the end of his season with low stats. It's time to heal up for the next year.
Now who will step up? Quinton Pointer has been promoted to active duty from the practice squad? T.J. McDonald has been activated for live duty from Injured Reserve/Designated Return and Austin Davis is trusted as the back up QB for the next 6 games? Hell, I heard that Brandon McGee might even get some more reps this game!
Gutsy. Real gutsy. Yet, not too shocking as we have seen moves like this from the Rams from Draft day 1, 2012 to now. I think we might get a real treat today Rams fans! I could be wrong, but it feels right. Go Rams Forever!