|Locker closing gap on Hasselbeck -- Sun Aug 12 7:40 pm --|
2011 first-rounder may get start vs. Bucs on Friday
|The more games like Saturday nightís, the more Titans fans are going to start clamoring for second-year pro Jake Locker to be the starting quarterback on Sept. 9 against the Patriots. Matt Hasselbeck had a tough night against the Seahawks, his old team. He completed 5-of-9 passes for 45 yards and threw two interceptions. Locker, meanwhile, completed 7 of 13 passes for 80 yards.
After the Titans lost 27-17 to the Seahawks, coach Mike Munchak hinted Locker might start in Fridayís preseason game at Tampa Bay. He also said Locker had closed the gap in the quarterback competition throughout the offseason. (Nashville Tennessean)|
FF Today's Take: Munchak went on to say Hasselbeck didnít have as bad a night as his stats might suggest, but there is little doubt Locker is the future of this franchise. The only question here is how long Tennessee decides to postpone it. While his accuracy in the pocket will likely always be a concern, Locker's mobility gives the Titans' offense something Hasselbeck cannot while also enhancing the running game. Look for Locker to claim this job over the next 1-2 weeks.