Compared to Jake Locker, it didn’t matter what happened in the first Titans pre-season match-up of 2011. When he took the field, everyone zeroed in. ‘Hope’ and the ‘Future of the Franchise’ seemed to embody themselves into jersey #10 as Locker trotted out to take his first play from under center. What would happen? He threw a touchdown. Wow.
Hoping that was foreshadowing of many good things to come in the future, Titans fans got pretty excited….. at least for the moment. Locker had trouble with the snap and then scurried away and threw a dart for a 45-yard touchdown pass. What a way to debut! Locker finished 7/10 and 89 yards.
In other news, current starter Matthew Hasselbeck put in a very solid performance and, unlike Locker, seems to have quietly gotten out of the spotlight. Hasslbeck completed 5 out of 6 pass attempts for 55 yards. The arm of Hasselbeck may have a lot of years on it, but it still works fine. The man that has been deemed ‘too old’ and ‘washed up’ may yet revive his career, but I’ll give him more time before the praises rain down. Look for him to play a little more by the third pre-season game, which is typically the game where the most starters play–and he is the unquestioned starter at this point, no matter how good Locker looked.
Teresa Walker, AP, shares a nugget from Head Coach Mike Munchak:
New coach Mike Munchak said Sunday moving quickly gives the quarterback more time at the line of scrimmage to put the offense into the right play and catch defenses off-guard. Munchak says the approach puts the Titans into a mode of playing hard, quick and fast, which they like.
Up-tempo. That’s something we haven’t seen in a while, now is it?
Rookie RB Jamie Harper scored his first touchdown.
Safety Myron Rolle sacked Vikings rookie QB Christian Ponder.
Newly-acquired Safety Jordan Babineaux intercepted Vikings second-stringer Joe Webb.
Jake Locker made Titans fans excited.