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The Tennessee Titans are operating under a new head coach in Ken Whisenhunt, the man who revived Philip Rivers in San Diego. They’ve also added Jason Michael, former tight ends coach for the Chargers to the mix. The question is: Can Whisenhunt make Jake Locker a premiere NFL quarterback?
Locker has had his moments over the course of his career. In 2013, the Titans were 3-1 to begin the season, playing under Locker and seemingly on their way to a promising season. Unfortunately, Locker was injured, Tennessee collapsed for several games, and upon his return, Locker suffered a foot injury and that was the end of the season. Consequently, the Titans decided not to exercise the option, throwing Tennessee’s quarterback situation into uncertain status.
2014 just might be different. If you watched the Titans preseason game against the New Orleans Saints you might have noticed that Jake Locker put on a very good show with an 8 of 11 for 75 yards. Not fantastic, but Locker made some nice throws, catching his receivers in stride and in general, showing that he may have turned a corner under Whisenhunt and a new system.
There is one fly in the ointment for Jake Locker and that’s Zach Mettenberger. The rookie from LSU, coming in after Charlie Whitehurst was injured, looked poised in the pocket. Mettenberger will get a very long look by Tennessee, who will have to either franchise tag LOcker or get him signed to a long term contract. He also has an injury history playing against him, having missed more than a dozen games in the last two seasons. If Mettenberger appears to be the real deal, the Titans may just let Locker walk. The jury, as they say, is still out.Eric Drouant