It’s no secret the Titans are searching for help this offseason. With the news of Kerry Collins announcing his retirement, they have another hole to fill. Seldom does the rookie come into the NFL ready for the spotlight that comes along with being a teams starting quarterback. At the same time no veteran wants to come in knowing they are going to be a nursemaid.
The Titans are faced with an odd situation. Most teams have an established starter entrenched in an offense he both familiar and competent enough with in order to help the coaching staff to teach the younger players the offense. Unfortunately for the Titans they have absolutely zero structure in place with the departure of Kerry Collins.
Who do the Titans go out and get to try to help Jake Locker learn to be a true professional and at the same time try to win some games here and there? The two main options being thrown around have been Matt Hasselbeck (free agent to be) currently of the Seahawks and Donovan McNabb (soon to be released) currently of the Redskins.
I would not go the Hasselbeck route if I were the Titans. He is too similar to the departing Kerry Collins, a statue waiting to get smashed, not to mention his recent injury history. I would prefer a quarterback who is similar to the young player you want to groom for the future, so there is continuity. Donovan Mcnabb would be a better fit for the Titans. He is more mobile than Hasselbeck, and more familiar with the screen happy offense Chris Palmer is rumored to be installing. McNabb’s pedigree is also better than Hasselbeck’s. Face it, other than the one run to the Superbowl, the Seahawks were not dominant under Hasselbeck.
During his time in Philadelphia Donovan McNabb helped take the Eagles to four consecutive NFC title games and one Superbowl. If given the choice, I would take the guy who has a past that I want to mirror his student’s future.