It was not long ago that ESPN NFL Analyst Ron Jaworski ranked Tennessee Titans quarterback No. 31 out of a possible 32 starting quarterbacks in the league heading into the season. Even though many fans did not like Jaworski’s input on their quarterback, the only thing that matters is for Locker is to stay focused on the task at hand. Winning football games, clinching a playoff berth and going the distance is all that should be on his mind this summer.
“Number 31 on my quarterback countdown is Jake Locker,” Jaws said during the ESPN segment. “2013 will be Locker’s third season with the Titans. Up to this point, he has not shown enough to warrant his selection as the eighth overall pick in the 2011 Draft. The question is: what can Locker become at his very best?”
Jaworski’s statement certainly brings up valid points about where Locker is headed. However, the quarterback is not interested in what anyone outside of his coaches has to say about him. He understands that the critics are going to say whatever they want in the offseason. It is up to him to prove them wrong once the first regular season snap occurs.
“It doesn’t matter to me,” Locker said, according to The Tennessean. “It is a preseason ranking, no games have been played. So in my opinion it means nothing. People can judge, do whatever they want. I am going to go out and play and do what I always have and do the best I can to put us in a position to win. … Any time people say stuff like that you want to prove them wrong. But is that my main motivation? No.”
As long as Locker works harder than he has ever before to prepare himself, the Titans should be in good hands to be competitive in the AFC. It does not hurt that he has a certain a confidence about him, which is something that will rub off on his teammates as the season inches closer.