Titans rookie linebacker Sharif Finch has 23 tackles and 1.5 sacks in 2013.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Few defensive players in NFL history have left the kind of impact HallOfFame outside linebacker Lawrence Taylor had with all the New York Giants in the 1980s and early’90s.
“When there was only one man I’d love to match, it’d be Lawrence Taylor,” said Finch, who will be playing his idol’s Giants (5-8) on Sunday (1 p.m. ET, CBS) when Tennessee (7-6) travels to New York. “I utilize No. 56 for him. That has been my favourite player growing up. I think he is, for example, the better, so I’d really like to meet with him. The relentlessness with. It’s admirable. He. In my eyes, he is the GOAT.”
Taylor welcomes the cap out of Finch’s suggestion.
“Hey, I always love when young guys show respect for what I accomplished as a player,” he explained. “I have been fortunate that all these years later fellas like Sharif still remember how I went about it!”
Finch lined primarily as a defensive end in Temple. Now from the NFL, he must rush the passer in the stand-up position when offenses terrorized, much like Taylor did back. Finch made a play that could make Taylor joyful a week from the Jaguars after he came off the border and used that a perfectly executed rip go on to acquire by the tight end and also strip the ball out of Cody Kessler.
Finch recovered the fumble he caused, to finish the play. Even though it was the sort of play for making Taylor was notorious, Finch was loath to accept the praise.
“You say that is LT-esque, however, it’s hard to mimic LT,” Finch said. “It’s hard to mimic Lawrence Taylor, because he is the best ever to play my position. He’s an inspiration for me personally because of the campaign he played with and the gift he had.”
Finch credits his period at Temple for helping him to become a professional, Though he played defensive end and not outside linebacker in college. He pointed into the way his mind coach Matt Ruhl, at the moment, could push him to be his very best.
The constant prodding has continued with Titans outside coach Shane Bowen. As an undrafted free agent, Finch has been a free broker for the Titans. Bowen said he enjoyed the physiological profile for Finch, who is recorded at 6-foot-4, 250 lbs, and ran the 40-yard dash in 4.6 seconds.
“He had every one of the measurables, and his suddenness rushing the passer stood out on film. He flashed,” Bowen explained. “He’s to work and attempts to enhance daily. He’s made strides. His size and his speed let him make plays.”
Bowen emphasizes the principles of staying tight entrance from the border to take the quarterback the fastest road and the position, such as hand placement.
“He instructed me to keep my eyes on the target,” Finch said. “That’s helped me become a greater outside linebacker, that has been a transition from defensive end in college”
Finch said he has learned far from seasoned outside linebackers Derrick Morgan and Brian Orakpo, who helped him to enhance some of his pass-rushing moves that have worked in college but do not necessarily cut it in the pros.
Where plenty of his family is from, heading back into the nj area is going to soon be a special day for Finch this particular past week. He says he could be on the hook for around 30 tickets to Sunday’s game. Being able to play in exactly the environment as Taylor and wear the number is a memory Finch can cherish.