Tennessee Titans Chose the Right QB

Sep 09, 2012; Nashville, TN, USA; Tennessee Titans quarterback Jake Locker (10) drops back to hand off against the New England Patriots during the second half at LP Field. The Patriots beat the Titans 34-13. Mandatory credit: Don McPeak-US PRESSWIRE

In a game that the Tennessee Titans are still trying to understand, at least one thing is obvious; they chose the right QB.

Locker didn’t have an outstanding game but he did have some great plays. One such play had Locker being dragged down from behind and he tried to stretch the play out. As he was being pulled down he zinged the ball into a tight window, hitting Nate Washington perfectly for the Titans only TD of the game.

Another great play he had came from a designed draw that they executed late in the game. Locker dropped back and then ran it right up the middle for a first down, though it was called back due to a holding call on OG Hutchinson.

Those weren’t the only plays he made, but they’re the top ones. Locker occasionally sailed on a ball, one of which caused both Washington and Locker to get injured.

Hasselbeck almost had an impressive performance in relief of Locker. His first drive should a lot of efficiency, hitting all of his targets. In his second drive, the last real drive for the Titans, he drilled the ground repeatedly to send the Titans on a quick 3-and-out. Rewatching the game, that was the fastest, most pitiful drive of the day.

Locker could find this next week a little easier with WR Kenny Britt once again taking the field.

The Titans have to release two players today to make room for both Britt, returning from suspension, and newly added OG Tutui. I’m quite curious about who won’t make the cut.

One guess; Quinn Johnson.

 

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Topics: AFC South, NFL, Tennessee Titans, Titan Sized

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  • http://www.facebook.com/bennie.guardado Bennie Guardado

    I don’t remember where I heard this but it was a very interesting idea. Step 1: Cut Q. Johnson, Step 2: Play C. Stevens at the FB position when needed. He has better hands than Johnson and is a decent run blocker. Also, it gives locker more options at the line. If Locker sees a run defense, he can move Stevens to a route or just move him into a different blocking position to try to throw off the D. Do you see where I’m going with this? This is a league where set roles of “you do this and he does that” are being broken apart. There is a reason they call the traditional FB the dinosaur position. It is all about the versatility of the players you have, to confuse the opponent. We got a first look at that in week 1 against the Pats TE/WR/RB Aaron Hernandez.

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

      Most likely Paul Kuharsky of ESPN. I posted a link to it a couple of days ago. Articles called “A FB Who Doesn’t Play Special Teams?”

      It needs to be done. Roster spots are valuable and the Quinn hasn’t been the best blocker. You could even use Jamie Harper as a FB.

      • http://www.facebook.com/bennie.guardado Bennie Guardado

        Yea, that sounds about right. Looks like we are stuck with Quinn though.

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

          Yeah, I guess so. We’ll see if rookie FS Markelle Martin gets taken off IR later in the season, seems as that’s now a possibility. If that happens, Quinn’s still on the block.

  • http://twitter.com/CM_titansized Chase Maher

    Man, I hope Taylor Thompson turns out to be a liget TE with blocking ability, bc he would be the perfect TE/ FB

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

      True. Basically the Gronk replica. Gronk is a heck of a blocker too…. God I hate the Patriots.