Tennessee Titans aren’t in any better position at QB with Matt Barkley

Matt Barkley (Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports)
Matt Barkley (Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports) /

Matters of the quarterback position in the NFL are almost identical to matters of love in personal relationships. They should be addressed immediately. They should be addressed directly and swiftly, so here goes. Matt Barkley doesn’t upgrade the Tennessee Titans at the quarterback position.

How’s that? That was direct and to the point right?

The Tennessee Titans make a lateral move at QB by signing Matt Barkley.

Let’s back up some. Many of you are preparing to get off of work at about 4:30 p.m. CST, but when you do, you’re already thinking about some family time and getting ready for the next workday. That means you may have missed what has happened, so here’s the update.

The Tennessee Titans announced, on August 5th, that they were signing Matt Barkley and releasing DeShone Kizer in a subsequent move. If you’re unfamiliar with much of Barkley’s journey before it was learned he’d trade the navy and royal blue colors of the Buffalo Bills jersey for the familiar two-tone hues of the Tennessee Titans ensemble, fear not. Here’s your update.

His collegiate days were spent playing for one of the most storied programs at the NCAA level, the USC Trojans, where, in 47 career games, he threw for 12,327 yards and 116 touchdowns before the Philadelphia Eagles drafted him in the fourth round of the 2013 NFL Draft. Let’s just say that things have translated to the professional level.

Now on his eighth team since his professional career began, Barkley has 19 games with seven starts on his resume. The results look like this. Barkley has a 2-5 record as a starter. He’s completed 58.4 percent of his passes over that span, leading to 2,699 yards passing, 11 touchdowns, and 22 interceptions.

Time flies when you’re having fun huh? Hold on. This just in. It looks like he just threw another pick.

That’s a long-winded way o saying the following. Matt Barkley, in no way, upgrades the Tennessee Titans at the quarterback position. They should have just kept DeShone Kizer. Yeah, he went 0-15 as a starter, but at least he has an upside and is familiar with Tennessee’s offense.

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At best, this is a lateral move. There’s no formula that states that. There’s no way to prove that this is anything other than a guess, but trust the Titan Sized staff on this one. Tennessee isn’t any better at quarterback after this move than they were before it happened. You’ll see. In the meantime, here’s what we can all agree on if you disagree with that statement. Everybody had better cross your fingers, grab that lucky rabbits’ foot, and pray to whoever you pray to that Ryan Tannehill doesn’t get hurt.