Jake Locker and the Tennessee Titans are off to a 1-3 start and have shown little consistency from many aspects of the offense. Now Locker is injured and it is likely the Titans will turn to veteran Hasselbeck this week when they travel to the 3-1 Minnesota Vikings.
Locker suffered a shoulder injury in the first week against the New England Patriots and re-injured it this past Sunday after a ferocious sack by the Houston Texans in the first quarter.
Back-up quarterback Matt Hasselbeck finished the remainder of the game, throwing for 68 percent and two touchdowns as well as two pick-sixes.
The Texans have allowed the fourth least amount of yards through the air this season (183 per game) and took advantage of the Titans last available quarterback (third stringer Rusty Smith did not dress).
Hasselbeck even admitted to playing more conservatively because he knew he was the last option at QB against the Texans.
However, Matt Hasselbeck might be the best option at quarterback for Tennessee not only because he possesses experience and accuracy but also because he is a leader, a much-needed characteristic the Titans are lacking.
The quarterback battle was decided in the preseason, so when Locker becomes healthy enough to play, he will still retain the starting job.
Last year, Hasselbeck did everything he could to lead the 9-7 Titans to the playoffs and came one game short of accomplishing that feat.
Although there have been glimmers of light from Jake Locker and the passing game, the consistency of putting together drives and posing a threatening passing attack have been absent.
The Titans were wise to hold onto Hasselbeck for injury instances like this.
With Hasselbeck's veteran arm and the enormous young talent on the offensive side of the ball, the Titans have the weapons to move the ball down the field and score points.
Jake Locker has displayed some of his accuracy issues in the first four games and Matt Hasselbeck's experience and decision making ability gives the Titans a better chance to succeed against opposing secondaries.
It is unclear how many games Jake Locker will miss, but Hasselbeck is arguably the best back-up in the NFL and the Titans are lucky to have a player of his stature leading the squad.
Hasselbeck has always been vocal to his teammates, always goes up to players and adds words of encouragement and always takes charge of the team.
Now that the offense has its leader, the struggling Tennessee defense needs someone to step up and take that role.
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