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Tennessee Titans: Why Matt Hasselbeck Should Be The Starting QB

Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-US PRESSWIRE

Yes, I’m doing it, I’m putting it out there that I think the Tennessee Titans would be best served by going with Matt Hasselbeck as the #1 QB to start the season. Yes, I said it, to start the season.

The Tennessee Titans started last season as an after thought to many people. They signed an aging, savy veteran QB in Matt Hasselbeck in free agency and immediately drafted his replacement in Jake Locker. The Titans came into last year with a first year head coach, brand new offensive coordinator, the best offensive player holding out, oh, and then this little thing called the lockout. The lockout effectively rendered Munch and Palmer zero time to really change anything offensively from the previous year. Yeah, Palmer tweaked a few things but he simply didn’t have time to install his offense.

Hasselbeck walked in and had to learn a new offense, get used to his new receivers, get used to a new division, get used to playing fourteen games without Kenny Britt, and get used to watching CJ get tackled in the backfield for most of the season. Hasselbeck still threw for 3,500 yards, completed 62% of his passes, had a 110 QB rating inside the red zone with zero interceptions and guided the team to a 9-7 record and one game shy of the playoffs.

This year Hasselbeck has the benefit of OTAs, training camp, hopefully a healthy Kenny Britt, a rejuvenated CJ, an addition of an old friend in Steve Hutchinson, a second year working with Munch and Palmer, and oh yeah, 1st round pick Kendall Wright, a very promising WR that should only help our offense. One would think that if he started and played a full season, and didn’t have injuries to contend with, he would easily finish the year with 4,000 yards passing, 23-26 TDs, and still completing 60- 62% of his passes.

Why would you not want Hasselbeck to start when you look at what he was missing and what he may be able to do in his second year at the helm. I mean, come on, why would you not want that? Oh, yeah, the Washington kid, the future of the franchise, Jake Locker. Surely they didn’t draft him in the first round just to sit him on the bench.

I will tell you, I’m very excited about watching Locker play and I think he has a very bright future. I also said at the beginning of the article that I believe Hasselbeck should start the season as the starter, not finish, but start. I think it will be important to get the offense going early and getting into a flow and I think Hasselbeck offers the best chance at that. I can see Locker being worked into some games and probably do what he did last year, fill in for Hasselbeck if he is injured or ineffective. This year though, if Locker gets in and plays well, I think the coaches will have a very hard time handing the keys back to Hasselbeck.

I love Locker’s upside and I wouldn’t be surprised at all to see the Jake Locker era begin this season, I just don’t think it should start at the beginning of the season. What say you?


Shawn Eagle

You can follow me on twitter @RS1Eagle

Topics: Jake Locker, Kendall Wright, Kenny Britt, Matt Hasselbeck, Tennessee Titans

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  • Drake

    In my opinion, Jake Locker is ready after a really good season playing minimum action. Therefore, I believe if Jake Locker does not win the starting job which I believe he will not, he will be starter at some point this season. The most experience player usually wins starting job on starting day. Only an idiot will choose a rookie to start or those teams without an experienced QB!

  • jstitansized

    I agree. I think Hasselbeck starts out the season and I think at some point, whether it be because of injury, lousy play, or whatever, Locker takes over.

  • seagle1

    @Drake He was impressive when he came in and played but also remember that he only threw 66 passes, that’s maybe 2-3 games worth. He is still a very raw player. With that said, I also think his time will come at some point this year.

  • cjg6710

    It’s going to be interesting either way, I don’t think there is a wrong choice with either

  • seagle1

    @cjg6710 It is comforting to know that when Matt gets hurt…yes, not if but when, we have Locker to turn to, or of Locker starts we have Matt to turn to if something happens.

  • Drake

     @seagle1  @Drake Yes, but those 66 or more players were often great plays and in my opinion, he was the most ready QB in the draft. We got a steal!

  • Drake

     @seagle1  @Drake Yes, but those 66 or more players were often great plays and in my opinion, he was the most ready QB in the draft. We got a steal!

  • seagle1

    @Drake He did make some good plays….just looking at bodies of work so far though…I would have taken Dalton

  • Drake

     @seagle1  @Drake Dalton was not a back-up QB though, so he already had some playing experience during the first game.

  • seagle1

    @Drake Oh yeah, I know, I’m just saying that the way dalton looked last year, to be able to get him in the 2nd was a steal for the bengals