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Locker over Hasselbeck in Tennessee | NFL Fan Poll

Locker over Hasselbeck in Tennessee

Updated: August 20, 2012
Source: Bleacher Report

Source: Bleacher Report

Jake Locker will be the starting quarterback for the Tennessee Titans in the opening game against the New England Patriots, on September 9th.

The eighth pick of the 2011 draft, Locker struggled against Tampa Bay in a preseason game on August 17th, completing four of 11 passes for only 21 yards and a bad throw cost him an interception. According to USA Today, while he isn’t on par with Matt Hasselbeck’s quick decision making and accuracy, he does have a strong throwing arm and adds athleticism to the team. As a rookie, Locker had zero interceptions, four touchdowns and 542 passing yards.

Some fans might be confused with the choice to give Locker the starting position over Hasselbeck. Last season, Hasselbeck led the team to a 9-7 record, with 18 touchdowns, 14 interceptions and 3,571 passing yards. Is the team ready for a young player to take them into the (possible) playoffs? Before training camp, Hasselbeck said about Locker, “He’s a better kid than I’ve heard, he’s a better thrower than I’ve heard, he’s much smarter in the classroom than I would have expected for someone his age.”

Paul Kuharsky from ESPN makes a good point – he thinks, “The Titans likely aren’t a playoff team no matter who starts at QB this season so it makes sense to look to the future and start Jake Locker now.”

Do you agree with that comment? Even though Hasselbeck had a decent season last year, is it a smart move to start out with a younger quarterback and develop his skills for future seasons? Vote in the poll and voice your opinions down below!

(via USA Today, ESPN)

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