Tennessee Titans: 4 Reasons Jake Locker Must Not Start the 2012 Season

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Tennessee Titans: 4 Reasons Jake Locker Must Not Start the 2012 Season
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Jake Locker has been tagged as Tennessee's next franchise quarterback for years to come, but continuing to sit behind Matt Hasselbeck will prove to be the best long term decision.

Locker turned down the presumptive No. 1 overall pick in 2010 to return to a dismal Washington Huskies team and bring them a bowl victory. Despite doing so, he fell as far as the second round on many draft boards. 

To the dismay of many mock draft experts, the Titans snatched Locker up with the No. 8 overall pick. 

While Locker was a great get for Tennessee, his skills and decision making need to continue to develop as a backup before he can become the elite Super Bowl contending quarterback that he's capable of being.

If he's called upon, Locker has a chance produce at a high level as he showed in games against Atlanta and New Orleans last season. Ultimately, though, his chances of doing so all year are much smaller than Hasselbeck's. 

Here's just a few reasons why the Titans are better off keeping Locker on the sidelines in 2012. 

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