Should Titans have started Locker over Hasselbeck?

You have to admire Matt Hasselbeck's grit in trying to play though a left calf injury in Sunday's embarrassing 27-13 loss to the Indianapolis Colts.

But after the game, Hasselbeck, who was intercepted twice in the game and rarely threw deep against a spotty Colts defense, said he wasn't his normal self. He didn't want to make excuses, but given that most of his throws were of the short checkdown variety, should Hasselbeck have come out sooner than he did? Hasselbeck limped occasionally throughout the game, and Jake Locker took over with less than seven minutes left in the game and directed the Titans only TD drive of the day.

"I don't want to make excuses, but I'm not where I would normally be," Hasselbeck said after the game.

Despite handing the Colts their first win of the season, the Titans cling to playoff life at 7-7 in the AFC wild-card picture. Titans coach Mike Munchak was asked if he would start Locker or Hasselbeck on Sunday against Jacksonville on Christmas Eve.

"I don't know," Munchak said Sunday afternoon. "We haven't thought about nesxt week yet. We hgave a short week coming up, and we're just going to have to see where we're at."

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