After Denver's 26-20 victory last season, Broncos quarterback Kyle Orton accused Tennessee cornerback Cortland Finnegan of punching guard Chris Kuper when his helmet was off. The NFL later fined Finnegan $10,000.
Also, Titans defensive tackle SenâDerrick Marks and Broncos linebacker Mario Haggan were fined $7,500 and $5,000, respectively, for roughing penalties, and former Titans defensive coordinator Chuck Cecil was docked $40,000 for making an obscene gesture at the officials.
âYou always hear about how tough they are and all that stuff,â Orton said after the game. âI donât think theyâre tough, I think theyâre cheap. And it was one of the cheapest games Iâve ever seen out of some of those players. If thatâs the type of player Cortland Finnegan wants to be, well then heâs a cheap player, not a good player.â
The Titans labeled Orton a "whiner," and Finnegan invited him back to town to settle their differences.
Orton stood by his comments this week, according to the Tennessean.
"I donât regret what I said," he told reported Wednesday. "It was a physical football game and a few plays and some stuff got out of hand," he said. " ... I donât take anything back."
For his part, Finnegan was diplomatic.
"I respect him. He is a really good quarterback," Finnegan said of Orton. "Thereâs no bad blood, man. He has to take up for his guys. Itâs no big deal, man. I know before the game Iâll shake his hand."
Titans defensive end Dave Ball took the bait that Finnegan refused.
"I did say he was a whiner. I stand by those comments," Ball said. "I have total respect for him in terms of where he is as a quarterback, but you donât need to say stuff to the officials to try and get calls out there. He was trying to get calls from the officials all game."