A laughing Cortland Finnegan says there's no bad blood between him and Ram-turned-49er Craig Dahl. But that doesn't mean he's going to shake Dahl's hand before Thursday's game.
"Absolutely not," Finnegan, the Rams cornerback, said on a conference call. "C'mon, man. This is not a movie. Not a fairy tale. We want to beat the 49ers, they're in our division. It's on Thursday night. There's a lot of reasons why we need to get on track."
Finnegan had some harsh words for Dahl, a former Rams safety, this spring after Dahl told reporters that he helped the 49ers identify some tells the Rams defense had picked up on in previous meetings. San Francisco was 0-1-1 against St. Louis last season.
Wrote Finnegan on Twitter following Dahl's revelation: "Craig Dahl is lame and weak for that glad he with another squad we know how he play thanks for the tips we know who 2 go at." Later he wrote: "Craig Dahl we know how you play thanks for the tips we know who to attack early and often."
At the time of that spat the 49ers said they were aware they were telegraphing some things during the first meeting with the Rams and fixed that issue by the second meeting. Finnegan corroborated that today. "It wasn't a factor at all," he said of the second encounter with the 49ers. "Not at all. They had definitely worked on it and everything was fine. And it took 10 quarters to get a win from them. They're a great football team, coached well, they do a lot of good things."
Finnegan also said that he and Dahl were on good terms and that he would shake his ex-teammate's hand after the game. "I think the perception of 'Cortland The Football Player' and off the field are two different things," he said. "I texted him and said the same thing. I texted him the same day before I even tweeted. So it's one of those things where me and Craig will continue to move forward from it."
-- Matt Barrows