Tennessee Titans Round 2: Matt Hasselbeck vs. Jake Locker

By Stephanie Umek
Matt Hasselbeck 2012 season
Joe Nicholson-US PRESSWIRE

It’s been three weeks since the re-injury of the Tennessee Titans starting quarterback, and frankly, to be honest, the team is looking a lot better having their “backup” in the pocket.

Jake Locker has been sidelined for the last two games and will sit yet again for this Sunday’s game against the Buffalo Bills. Locker made some progress this week but still is not at 100 percent, and after already trying to come back too soon it would be a mistake to try it again.

The Titans are very confident that they will be Matt Hasselbeck’s last start this season, and have made comments on many occasions that as long as Locker is healthy, he will be the starter. Now I know Hasselbeck is the second oldest quarterback in the league, but when you look at the numbers who would you start?

Having been playing for over ten years, Hasselbeck has come in and helped the Titans get a win that they desperately needed. He has 2,965 completions for 33,876 passing yards. Within nine games, Locker has 101 completions for 1,323.

The best thing about this Locker/Hasselbeck matchup is the unique qualities that boy guys bring to the game. Hasselbeck is so full of knowledge having played for so long. He knows the opposing teams better. Locker is full of energy, he is still a young rookie and excited to be living his dream. And that shows. He is a lot more risky when it comes to rushing the football himself. If he sees an opening, he’s going to take it

It will be a tough call to make, just as it was in the beginning of the season if Hasselbeck can pull another win for Tennessee. It might raise the statement to the franchise, ‘Oh yeah, that’s why he has been our starter these past few years’.

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