Aug 17, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Tennessee Titans quarterback Jake Locker (10) looks to pass in the first quarter of a preseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Jake Locker May Not Be Able To Overcome His Team

What we’ve heard all offseason from the media is that the Titans will go as far as Jake Locker’s arm will carry them. That didn’t seem to be the case Saturday in Cincinnati.  Jake may not be strong enough to carry a team that performed like the Titans did against the Cincinnati Bengals.  Jake passed for a very respectable 60% on 20 passes.  No—his 116 yards don’t inspire memories of Warren Moon.  However, let’s keep in mind that this Bengals defense was top 10 against the pass last year.

If Locker wasn’t the problem against the Bengals, who was?

One problem was dropped passes in the first half.  Dropped passes  killed otherwise successful drives.  Nate Washington dropped a difficult, yet catchable pass that could have been a touchdown.  If this Titans team wants to contend, they can’t make silly mistakes.  Dropping passes is silly when you’re getting paid to catch passes.

Another problem was the defensive backfield that looked like it had been training with Napoleon Dynamite recently. Aside from Michael Griffin and Alterraun Verner, the defensive backs couldn’t tackle or cover.  A few weeks back I said that Jurrell Casey could be a key figure in any Titans playoff push.  My main man Jurrell will have a tough time making a significant impact if the back end of the defense is this inept.

As Saturday’s game proved, football is the ultimate team sport.  Unless your quarterback is either Aaron Rodgers good or Kevin Kolb bad, the fate of the team will ultimately fall on the entire team’s performance.  Locker will not turn into Aaron Rodgers overnight and be the reason that the Titans make the playoffs.  But, I am just as confident that he will not turn into Kolb and lead us into the Jadeveon Clowney sweepstakes either.

So far Jake is 19-31 in the preseason.  That’s 61 percent, Titans fans.  If Jake can manage to stay around the 60-percent mark, he should give us an opportunity to win every game.  However, the pass-catchers, corners, and safeties will need to play like their in the NFL.

One last thing—Tommie Campbell just doesn’t have it.  It may be time to admit it.

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  • jay

    i couldn’t have said it better myself. everything has been about “what is jake locker gonna do?”, but so far he, the run game, and casey have been the only bright spots i’ve seen so far. missed tackles and dropped passes are hurting progress. and i agree, tommie is getting used over there. he just doesn’t have the goods…. btw. it would be nice to see hunter with the first team at least once.

  • Bret Davis Fitchpatric

    I agree. I would love to see Justin Hunter play with the ones. Don’t get me wrong, Nate has performed more consistently than any WR on the roster. But, he’s an 800 yard 4 TD type of WR. Not bad, but not great either. I would love to see what the offense can do with Britt/Hunter on the outside and Wright in the slot. That’s a WR corps that defensive coordinators would have to game plan around.

  • John Sciarretta

    Nice work. Have to agree with you on Tommie Campbell he needs to just stick to catching passes on kick returns.