Tennessee Titans Yet to sign a quarterback to challenge Jake Locker; wise move or foolish gamble?
Free agency is only four days old and the Tennessee Titans have done a remarkable job in adding pieces and upgrading positions of need along the offensive and defensive line. Although Titans General Manager Ruston Webster is far from finished upgrading the roster, the fact that the Titans have yet to entertain a veteran quarterback speaks volumes about the organization’s commitment to third year starting quarterback Jake Locker.
In three seasons Locker has shown glimpses of dominance which warranted him being selected with the tenth overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft. But Locker has also been riddled with injuries, questionable decision making and he will be learning a new system under his third offensive coordinator in three years. Although Locker has been blessed with elite athleticism, he has struggled with his accuracy often conjuring up comparisons to New York Jets third string quarterback Tim Tebow, which is an indictment that no quarterback would want.
Despite these apparent struggles, the Titans have yet to even entertain a visit from a free agent quarterback. Titans Head Coach Mike Munchak barely missed the coaching firing squad last season and his willingness to have his coaching fate tied to a quarterback who struggles with accuracy may be a huge gamble. For three seasons Locker has yet to be pushed and was basically handed the keys to the franchise with Titans backups Matt Hasselbeck and Rusty Smith given no opportunity to unseat him.
There is a wealth of talented quarterbacks available that can be acquired at an affordable price. Ex- Buffalo Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick and ex- Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kevin Kolb each offer a unique skill set that could benefit an offense with a its fare share of young explosive play makers These veteran quarterbacks would provide much needed depth and could possibly push for the starting job in the Music City if given a chance.
Although the free agency period is far from over, Locker would be wise to make the Titans facility his second home. If the Titans signed a serviceable back up to All-Pro running back Chris Johnson, a veteran quarterback with an impressive resume may not be too far behind.