Well, day one of training is in the books and the Tennessee Titans’ coaches have decided to keep quarterbacks Matt Hasselbeck and Jake Locker guessing. Coach Munchak spoke about how they were going to switch things up where there were areas of open competition and the quarterbacks saw first hand what he meant.
After the Titans first full day of practice, Head Coach Mike Munchak talked about how they have decided to split up reps between Hasselbeck and Locker during training camp. The best thing about it is that the quarterbacks have no idea which one will be doing what.
During OTAs, the news out of Titans camp was that Hasselbeck and Locker would split snaps with the first team offense. I think that was a little more straight forward then what took place today at the beginning of training camp. The quarterbacks both alternated between working with the first team and the second team offense and at some points they even alternated in the middle of a series.
To some this might seem a bit strange but I love it. It gives both quarterbacks reps withe the first team and helps each one of them establish more of a relationship with the entire offense. What it also does is helps to make sure that players know what’s going on even if you’re sitting on the sidelines watching. In a real game if your quarterback goes down there is no time to prepare in between snaps so why not simulate that in practice.
I think the coaching staff clearly sees the upside of Jake Locker and they want to do everything possible to make sure that he’s comfortable with the offensive unit if his number is called. Having a crafty vet like Hasselbeck just makes it a little bit more difficult for the coaching staff to be totally sold on the youngster right now though.