Kyle Orton didn’t hold back with his opinion over the style of defense the Titans played in Week 4, going after the post-whistle antics of Titans CB Cortland Finnegan.
“You always hear about how tough they are and all that stuff,” Orton said during his postgame news conference. “I don’t think they’re tough, I think they’re cheap. And it was one of the cheapest games I’ve ever seen out of some of those players.”
Broncos coach Josh McDaniels backed his quarterback on Monday, even calling out Titans coach Jeff Fisher.
“After watching the film, I’d say [the comments] were accurate,” McDaniels said, per The Denver Post. “There’s a way to play tough and physical without being excessive and playing dirty after the snap. …
“I was proud of our team because we knew that was the kind of game it was going to be. You can put any tape you want to of Tennessee and there’s going to be 10 penalties. You either coach it or you allow it to happen. That’s how I look at that.”
Fisher didn’t have a whole lot to say when asked about the comments during his Monday press conference, but certainly wasn’t apologizing to anyone.
“We play aggressive, we don’t play cheap,” Fisher said. “If there are things after the whistle or during the play, players are fined for them. We’re not a cheap football team, I don’t know what he is referring to—we did have six sacks and hit the quarterback numerous other times, they did have some difficulty in protection and blocking our defensive line. Maybe he’s referring to that.”
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