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Titans Player Calls Chuck Cecil's Obscene Gesture 'Awesome'

Oct 3, 2010 – 9:00 PM
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John Oehser

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Tennessee Titans defensive coordinator Chuck Cecil let his hands -- one specific digit of one hand, at least -- speak louder than his words Sunday.

But while Cecil declined comment after the Tennessee Titans' loss to the Denver Broncos Sunday, at least one of his players strongly supported Cecil following the one-fingered, wrong-fingered gesture made toward officials during the second quarter at LP Field.

Tennessee cornerback Cortland Finnegan's reaction?

He called Cecil's gesture awesome,

"I'll let him answer how he feels about that," Finnegan said. "He's an emotional guy. We rally behind him, and he's been great to us. We've got to go out and execute his game plan and fly around. You've seen that the first four games. We respect him, and we thank him for that."

The NFL fined Titans owner Bud Adams $250,000 for making a similar middle-fingered gesture last season. Adams made the gesture from the owner's box and on the field following a victory over Buffalo last November.

Cecil's gestures came with his right hand after officials called the Titans for a neutral-zone infraction that gave the Broncos a 1st-and-goal.

Cecil's day wasn't all bad. While the Titans allowed Broncos quarterback Kyle Orton to throw for 341 yards and two touchdowns, they also registered a season-high six sacks. One of Orton's touchdown passes was a 2-yarder on the play after Cecil's gesture.

Many expect Cecil to be fined -- if not as much as Adams, at least substantially. Finnegan said Titans players likely will be supportive.

"I know all the guys won't mind chipping in for our defensive coordinator," Finnegan told Walker.

If the fine is as hefty as many expect, Cecil may need the help.

To view a photo of Cecil's obscene gesture, click here.
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