This news is not ground-breaking. A former starter and Pro Bowler now desires a starting position on the team he has played on for the last few years. He should…..want to, but I don’t think it is in the best interest of the organization to start him.
Per Pro Football Talk and Jim Wyatt of The Tennesseean, Collins will only come back to be the starter.
“If I came back, I’d come back to be a starter,” Collins told Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean. ”But [Locker's] a kid who could learn from a guy like me. Hopefully he’d watch what I do and take lessons.”
It’s the attitude that a veteran who knows the league should have. I remember Torry Holt, the famous wide receiver from the Rams, saying to the media after signing with the Jaguars that he would mentor the younger wide receivers right to the bench. It was obvious then that Holt had lost speed in the same way that it’s obvious that Collins has lost arm strength, but that doesn’t mean he shouldn’t start.
Read this in a Morgan Freeman voice to make it entertaining.
Collins’s resume includes over 200 touchdowns as well as over 40,000 passing yards. He’s experienced to say the least. It just all comes down to how Mike Munchak and the rest of the staff evaluate him. Do they see Collins as someone who could merely tutor rookie quarterback Jake Locker or is Collins someone who gives the team the best chance to win?
I vote Locker, and not because he is new. I see a situation where they can speed the development of a quarterback and that requires starting Locker. Collins is likely to come back but why not interject that he wants to start. He is, after all, a competitor.