The quarterback battle for the Titans is finally over. Mike Munchak announced Monday that he has chosen the up-and-coming Jake Locker as the starter over veteran Matt Hasselbeck. With it came the almost guarantee that we could see some changes in the way the Titans play offense.
Last year with Hasselbeck under center, the offense seemed to be run-of-the-mill style. Things like I-formations and lack of creative play-calling were all too common. While it did pretty well, one wondered how effective the offense could really be with all the talent that is on it.
Now that Locker will be commanding, we will be able to get the full effect of it.
It goes without saying that Locker is the more athletic of the two. As a threat both on the ground and in the air, teams need to pay special attention to him. If they don't, he's liable to break off huge open ground runs like the one in the video.
Add in his superior arm strength and you have quite the ceiling for him. Physically, we all know what he can do.
That is why Tennessee is prime to make some adjustments to fit his style of play. Long gone will the days of grinding it out be the norm in Nashville. If your quarterback has the right pieces, use them.
What I'm leading on to is the idea of a run-and-shoot-influenced offense. While depth at wide receiver is an issue, the Titans still have enough talent to make it work. In fact, we might see more of the five-wide offensive sets that they used in the Seahawks game to much avail.
While it isn't a necessity, it also helps that we have one of the fastest running backs in the entire league at our disposal. A corps of Chris Johnson, Nate Washington, Kenny Britt and Kendall Wright certainly ranks up there with the most lethal of receiving units.
It might not be on the same level as Brady and the Patriots, but it would serve the same purpose. Quick, unpredictable throws that move the chains in a hurry. Every once in a while, a deep ball that sends the crowd into a roar and catches the defense off guard.
After all, that is what Jake Locker excels at. He has pretty good timing with his throws, allowing the receiver to get extra yards after the catch. He has improved his field vision, too, breaking away from what was his common tendency to look at one part of the field and take his chances.
The time for this change is now, and I'm certain Mike Munchak is thinking the same thing. There will be a transition period; it is inevitable. The team will have to go through a period where Locker and the offense adjust to their new style of play.
If they succeed and implement it, however, the payoff will be much greater than the risk. The tools are there for the Titans. They just need to know how to build with them.