The Titans got their quarterback of the future when they drafted Jake Locker with the eighth overall pick in the NFL draft. But just who is their quarterback of the present?
Most analysts believe Locker isn’t ready to start just yet, and the Titans will seek a veteran option to bridge the gap. That could mean the return of Kerry Collins, but during a live chat NFL.com analyst Bucky Brooks floated another idea: Matt Hasselbeck.
Whether or not Hasselbeck, a free agent, will be back in Seattle seems to depend on whom you choose to believe in the latest rounds of speculation. Even with a number of teams still needing to fill the void at quarterback, Brooks easily connects the dots between Hasselbeck and Tennessee.
“I would keep an eye on Hasselbeck based on his relationship with some of the front office personnel from his time in Seattle,” Brooks said. “(The Titans) have a great understanding of who he is as a player and what he could bring to the table as an aging starter.”
Looking ahead to Locker’s future, Brooks called him “an ideal” fit for what the Titans want to do.
“He is basically a younger, more polished version of Vince Young with better leadership skills,” observes Brooks. ”He allows the team to utilize several of the concepts that they previously used with Young under center, but (Locker) is more likely to progress as a passer because he will put the time in to improve his craft. It might take a year or so for him to become comfortable in the pocket, but I like his upside and I’m sure the Titans will build an offense around him that allows him to succeed.”