The Tennessee Titans have lost four straight games after an opening week victory. Starting quarterback Jake Locker,has been very average and can’t seem to stay healthy. Charlie Whitehurst has been solid in a backup role, but there is no future benefit from giving the reigns to a 32-year-old career backup. That’s why it’s being reported that rookie 6th round pick Zach Mettenberger could be taking over as the Titans’ starting quarterback as early as this week.
Mettenberger is an LSU product who is your prototypical pocket passer. The 6-foot-5, 244 pound Mettenberger has a rocket arm, but fell in the draft to a lack of mobility and the fact he was coming off ACL surgery. Mettenberger is now fully healthy and had a solid preseason for the Titans. He was unimpressive in limited action against the Indianapolis Colts last week, but that game was already out of hand before he came in. With a full week of practice to prepare as the starter, he will be much more suited to make an impact.
It also helps that the Titans are going up against the Jacksonville Jaguars this week, because the Jaguars rank dead last in pass defense. Opposing quarterbacks have thrown for 309 yards per game, 12 touchdowns and only one interception against them this season. There’s no better way to get your confidence up than going against a defense that can’t stop anyone.
The 1-4 Titans aren’t going anywhere this season and may be in line for a high draft pick in the offseason. There will be a lot of good quarterbacks available, however, they need to see what Mettenberger can do first. Giving him the rest of the season to start will show whether he is the quarterback of the future, or just another late round quarterback who doesn’t have a place in the NFL.