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Is it his time?
Rusty Smith has to be looking over his shoulder after the Titans brought in Kyle Boller for a workout. Wait, what were we talking about?
Once the 2011 season came to a close, the showdown to be the 2012 starting quarterback began.
Fans want Jake Locker to be that guy.
It's not necessarily the best thing for the team, and anyone putting nails in the coffin of Matt Hasselbeck's career is being a bit premature. Hasselbeck started 147 NFL regular-season games to Locker's 0, and in 2011, had one of the best seasons for a Titans QB in a decade.
That was for a player who had to learn a new offensive system in less than a month. With a full offseason, Hasselbeck might have a Brett Favre in 2009-type season left in him.
If that's the case, let's hope it ends better.
For Locker to win the job, he can't be better than Hasselbeck by a nose. He has to be a leader, know the playbook perfectly, have great chemistry with a receiving corps in a bit of flux and show more accuracy than he did in college.
Locker is a mechanically sound quarterback but can be scattershot with his throws.
The tough early schedule shouldn't make any difference in the final verdict. Whoever starts should have the coaching staff's blessing to go all 16 games and end the franchise's three-year playoff drought.