Tennessee Titans Week 1 Preseason Loss: Reasons For Optimism

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3.  Jake Locker Did What He Was Asked to Do

Aug 8, 2013; Nashville, TN, USA; Tennessee Titans quarterback Jake Locker (10) looks to hand off the ball against the Washington Redskins during the first half at LP Field. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports


I know.  Calling an NFL quarterback a game manager is like telling your wife you married her for  her personality.  It’s not an insult, but it isn’t necessarily a compliment either.  However, if Jake can manage the games, keep the chains moving, and not turn the ball over, then this offense will be deadly.  Coach Mike Munchack pointed out that Locker won’t always be asked to check down.  The Redskins secondary played off a bit and Locker managed the game well by punishing them underneath.  There’s no shame in that.  Locker will, however, need to take shots downfield during the regular season to make sure those I-40-sized running lanes remain open for Smash and Dash 2.0.

Titans fans, the preseason doesn’t mean much if you look solely at stat lines and final scores. However, if you consider what the Titans tried to do and how successful they were in doing those things you can see hope beneath the noise.  That doesn’t mean that there aren’t aspects about the Titans’ current state that shouldn’t make you nervous—there are.  But the Titans did improve this offseason.

Think about this Titans fans:  As bad as the Titans were last year, they still managed to beat six teams.  Are the upgrades we’ve made worth two more wins, three more wins, or even four more wins?

In my opinion, they are.

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