Locker probably his worst day of practice since camp began.
— Terry McCormick (@terrymc13) August 12, 2013
And so, let the criticism begin.
On Sunday, Tennessee Titans quarterback Jake Locker had what was deemed his worst practice of training camp, and it wasn’t just sportswriter Terry McCormick who had something to say about it. Everyone from ESPN to NBC Sports reported on the debacle, which resulted in three interceptions on the night for Locker.
But is it really big a deal?
One could argue that it’s still just the preseason. Following the practice, head coach Mike Munchak said that the offense struggled as a whole, fanning the flames that were licking Locker. However, you can’t ignore his poor performance this past Sunday when you combine it with what you saw in Thursday night’s game.
The Titans fell to the Washington Redskins 22-21 in their first preseason game of the season, and while it was only Game No. 1, Locker looked relatively lackluster in the time he played. Backup quarterback Rusty Smith ended up throwing for 75 yards down the stretch, scoring a touchdown and bringing the team within range of victory. Running back Chris Johnson had an explosive 58-yard touchdown of his own, which gave Titans fans some hope for the offense in the regular season.
So what does all of this mean?
It’s hard to imagine a successful team without a relatively successful quarterback—or at least one who makes good decisions. So far, Locker has done nothing to convince me that he can get it done, despite having an impressive start to camp last month. While the defense is something worth talking about this season, one has to wonder how far it can get without an offense that can score. We’ll have to wait and see if CJ2K—and perhaps Kenny Britt—can remedy the situation.