Did the Tennessee Titans Make a Mistake By Releasing Matt Hasselbeck?
In an offseason that has been filled with plenty of interesting moves, the Tennessee Titans made the decision to part ways with Matt Hasselbeck on Monday–making it clear they are ready to move forward with Jake Locker as their quarterback of the future without Hasselbeck’s veteran leadership. Of course, the main question now is whether or not the Titans made a mistake by letting Hasselbeck go too soon.
Obviously, the team made it clear they want Locker to be their quarterback of the future when they selected him in the 2011 NFL Draft and while he’s shown potential at times–he still has plenty of work to do if he’s ever going to become the effective quarterback Tennessee hopes he turns out to be. Locker has only started 11 games (all in 2012) over the first two years of his career and is coming off a 2012 season in which he threw for just 2,176 yards to go along with 10 touchdowns and 11 interceptions in those games.
In other words–Locker’s numbers aren’t anything to brag about when it comes to starting next season without an experienced veteran like Hasselbeck on the sidelines if things don’t work out.
If anything, the Titans should have strongly considered bringing Hasselbeck for at least one more season to make sure Locker is the quarterback they want under center. While there’s a good chance Tennessee will bring on another veteran quarterback at some point during the offseason, they may not have the same type of impact as Hasselbeck–which makes this move a questionable one by the Titans.
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