Aug 17, 2012; Tampa, FL, USA; Tennessee Titans quarterback Jake Locker (10) watches from the bench during the fourth quarter at Raymond James Stadium. Tennessee defeated Tampa Bay 30-7. Mandatory Credit: Douglas Jones-US PRESSWIRE

Tennessee Titans’ QB Battle Continues


Every Tennessee Titans fan felt their heart sink yesterday when Jake Locker’s pocket collapsed and we witnessed the QB battle even out as he threw an errant pass on the run that was picked off.

That wasn’t the only downfall he faced last night, but it was the biggest. Locker went 4-for-11 with the INT. Another hard to swallow stat was being 0-for-6 on 3rd downs. The only thing I can say in Locker’s defense is that he faced a good pass offense.

CB Aquib Talib and S Mark Barron both made their return this game for the Bucs, creating a much tough pass defense then the rookie QB Ryan Tannehill faced last week. Locker’s receivers never seemed to get open, leaving Locker to force passes.

I’m not trying to say Locker’s performance wasn’t bad, I’m just putting in the details that are important to understanding his performance. Sometimes a QB just has a bad game. It happens. We just don’t know with Locker yet. There’s still a lot more to see.

Hasselbeck wasn’t stellar by any means when he came in at the end of the 2nd quarter. He went 4-for-5 with 29 yards.

Many of us hoped Locker would put up a stellar performance and securely grab the reins in the QB competition, but it seems he did anything but that. This QB competition is still wide open and I wouldn’t hold my breath waiting for them to announce the starter.

They need more time to see these guys out there, specifically Jake Locker.

 

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  • http://www.facebook.com/phill.lytle Phill Lytle

    Locker did not look good, but I think part of that was trying to do too much as a passer. I think he will be much more comfortable when the games really matter. He won’t be so focused on throwing the ball at all costs – he will scramble more and I think that will help the throwing lanes open up a bit.

    • http://www.titansized.com/ Justin Stewart

      Agreed. Last season we watched him come into games cold and bring the Titans back from awful deficits. I still have faith.