The Tennessee Titans made the right move by hiring Ken Whisenhunt as their head coach on Monday.
Unlike most of the candidates on the head coaching market, Whisenhunt has an NFC Championship under his belt and is an ideal fit for the talented Titans. However, Tennessee’s quarterback situation is hardly a slam dunk. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised in the least if Whisenhunt started the 2014 campaign with someone under center that isn’t currently on the Titans’ roster.
With that being said, Jake Locker has shown flashes of an All-Pro quarterback over the past few years. Unfortunately, Locker can’t stay healthy long enough for the Titans to get a good read on their supposed “franchise” quarterback. Thus, Whisenhunt has a rather big choice to make in regards to Locker, who is entering his fourth NFL season without a long-term contract.
It may sound crazy, but Locker could definitely be released as early as this offseason. The former first-round pick is owed slightly over $2 million this season, but is a restricted free agent after the year. Locker’s club option for 2015 is definitely interesting considering how well Locker had been playing before injuries ruined his 2013 season. Needless to say, Whisenhunt is in for a busy winter/spring and his first case of business should involve Jake Locker.