In the Tennessee Titans weekly Monday press conference, the news came out that QB Matt Hasselbeck will most likely be starting once again this Sunday when the Indianapolis Colts come to Nashville in what would have been the first of many games between young QB’s Jake Locker and Andrew Luck.
Unfortunately, it looks like that will have to wait.
The Titans are playing the hot hand and are willing to be more careful with Locker while things are going well. Their main concern is making sure he’s 100% when he hits the field again, in order to avoid any lasting damage to his shoulder. I think that’s a smart choice, especially while the Titans have games that are winnable without Jake.
Hasselbeck is 2-1 in starts so far this season, as well as an additional loss from the Texans where he took over on the first drive for the Titans after Locker’s injury. Hasselbeck has been a mixed bag with his performances, floundering in his first start and relief time, but coming on stronger in his latest performances, though he still lacks the “it” factor that this team needs to make it into the playoffs.
Diminished arm strength and a lack of mobility have been Hasselbeck’s biggest problems and have limited how productive this offense has been. Luckily for the Titans, they once again face a weak defense in the Indianapolis Colts. The Titans offensive line has shown improvement throughout the season and should give Johnson plenty of running room again.
Either way, Titans fans look to be waiting another week for Locker’s return to the field.
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