Titan Sized Tidbits: Ken Whisenhunt is going to stick with Jake Locker


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Yesterday, Jake Locker finished with his second straight poor performance, and this time it almost resulted in a shutout by the Cincinnati Bengals, who gave up the Titans’ only scoring drive due to two costly defensive penalties. Locker looked helpless and unprofessional throughout the game. Some of his decisions that were made outside the pocket were questionable, and arguable mistakes you don’t even see from a “mediocre” college quarterback. The drive after George Wilson intercepted Dalton’s pass within the Bengals’ redzone comes to mind. Locker made a costly mistake of throwing towards tight Bengal coverage in the endzone, which resulted in an interception. Any hope for a comeback in the game was lost at that point.

After the conclusion of the Bengals win over the Titans, many fans and media outlets started to question head coach Ken Whisenhunt’s decision to start Locker in any further games. Many fans are wanting to see backup quarterback Charlie Whitehurst receive an opportunity to replace Locker at the starting role. Some would even go as far as to say rookie quarterback Zach Mettenberger deserves an opportunity, but for the third straight Mettenberger is not recovered from his injury.

In a press conference after the Bengals game, Whisenhunt silenced all the questions. He let the entire media know that he was sticking behind Jake Locker. “Jake is still our quarterback,” Whisenhunt said, adding that he never considered turning to backup quarterback Charlie Whitehurst.

"“One of the things that you asked me when I first got here was what would I do differently. One of the things was patience with the quarterback. Jake has to play better. Once again, we all have to play better.”"

So, for you Titan fans who were hoping to see a new face behind center in next weekend’s game against the Jets, you can keep wishing for another week, because Jake Locker is here to stay. At least for one more week.

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