Titans: Not much choice at QB

| 2 years ago

Titans: Not much choice at QB


PFF-headlinesAfter injuring his wrist in the Titans’ Week 3 loss to the Bengals, quarterback Jake Locker remained out of practice Thursday. Tennessee has Locker listed as questionable for their Week 4 divisional matchup with Indianapolis.

Coach Ken Whisenhunt told the media after practice that he is concerned for his quarterback’s status against the Colts after suffering a setback this week and it’s looking less and less likely that Locker will be able to suit up.

The Titans’ signal-caller has struggled so far in 2014. After a solid season opener against the Chiefs where he earned a +1.9 passing grade, Locker posted a dreadful combined -12.6 in his next two games and now sits last among 35 QBs in overall grade. Adding to that, he also ranks 30th with an Accuracy Percentage of 65.3%.

If Locker is ruled out on Sunday, Charlie Whitehurst will start for Tennessee. The backup quarterback posted an uninspiring 6.27 Yards per Attempt and 52.1% ‘Air Yards’ (passing yards minus YAC) in two preseason games this year and hasn’t started a game since 2011. In fact, since PFF began grading games (2007), Whitehurst has started only four times and has a combined -12.3 overall grade in those efforts.

The Titans’ choice of an injured Locker or a plainly limited Whitehurst is not an enviable one and, either way, the outlook is grim.

 

  • eYeDEF

    Titans gambled on Locker to stay healthy all season? What do they call making the same mistake over and over expecting a different result? Clipboard Jesus?

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    • [email protected]

      There arent any veteran backup QB’s who are much of an improvement over Clipboard Jesus. Hell, he might be as good as Locker. They rated Matt Hasslebeck as one of the top backups and he cant play at all.

      • eYeDEF

        I’d argue that the only backups worse than Clipboard Jesus are rookies that haven’t had the playing to show they’re better. And even then, only those rookie QBs drafted as late round project picks can be deemed to be unequivocally worse than Clipboard Jesus. I already place backups like Bortles, Bridgewater, and even Manziel as offering far more utility to their position than Clipboard Jesus ever could in his contributions to the success (or failure) of his teams.

        • [email protected]

          Sure he’s worse, is he much worse? No. None of them are any good.

    • [email protected]

      I have to hand it to the Colts though. Theyre one of the smartest teams in the NFL, they’re smart enough to really tank it and land a #1 overall pick. Matt Hasslebeck is a good way to insure that you go 2-14 if Luck goes down.

      • eYeDEF

        I think you meant Clipboard Jesus. Hass hasn’t been on the Titans roster since 2012.