Jake Locker (Quarterback)
Nov 3, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; Tennessee Titans quarterback Jake Locker (10) spikes the ball after running in for a five yard touchdown as St. Louis Rams defensive end Chris Long (91) looks on during the second half at the Edward Jones Dome. Tennessee defeated St. Louis 28-21. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports
It starts and ends with Locker in 2014. He’ll have to work his way back from a lisfranc injury, but he should have ample time to do that and also digest Whisenhunt’s new offense. Wiz has masterminded some great offenses in his career, though, and whenever he’s come across solid quarterback talent, he’s made good use of it. His so-so backing of Locker to this point might tell fans that he’s not completely sold on Locker as his long-term option under center, but that doesn’t mean much, because no one is really sold on Locker just yet.
There’s no denying Locker’s struggles with consistency and accuracy. He absolutely needs to work on his reads, timing and ball placement. However, he’s a brute when it comes to size, athleticism and arm strength. He has the natural goods for Wiz to mold him into a real threat in the pocket. Whether or not he actually makes it all happen in his fourth season is probably anyone’s guess. But if he can stay healthy, it’s fairly arguable that Whisenhunt gives him his best chance to do so yet. And if he can’t, he’ll almost certainly be shown the door in 2015.