Titans move on with QB situation intact
Having swung and missed on Peyton Manning, the Tennessee Titans might ordinarily have some explaining to do to their incumbent quarterbacks Matt Hasselbeck and Jake Locker.
However, since it was owner Bud Adams primarily who put the team in the chase, and not the coaches or front office, the need to massage egos may be at a minimum. For their part, Hasselbeck and Locker seemed to be taking things in stride, knowing that they will be back for another year together in Tennessee with Manning headed to Denver.
“I’m just looking forward to continuing to learn from Matt and having an opportunity to compete for a job,” Locker, the Titans' first-round pick a year ago told TitanInsider.
Hasselbeck had spoken to the website last week, and was handling the measure in a professional manner when the subject was broached.
"It's out of my control,” Hasselbeck said last Thursday. “I've talked to pretty much everybody over there. I've talked to Munch (Mike Munchak) and Mike Reinfeldt and Ruston Webster, Chris Palmer, and really everybody over there. The one person I haven't talked to is Bud Adams.
“We've talked and they've been great from day one since I've been here and just being up front with me from the get-go. They always have been, whether it was when I was deciding to come here last year or with Jake (Locker). I just know what they've told me and I'm very, very comfortable with that. I guess I'll keep the conversations we've had between us, and it's been good. I talked to Munch and I'm comfortable.”
As part of his statement on the Titans missing out on Manning, Adams quasi-apologized to the current quarterbacks.
"I also want to commend Matt Hasselbeck and Jake Locker. They were thrown into a very difficult situation. Matt was very good for us last year; and at some point, we expect Jake to be our future franchise quarterback,” Adams said.
In addition to quarterbacks, the Titans now will turn their attention back to their needs on defense, having hosted New England's Mark Anderson on Sunday and Oakland's Kamerion Wimbley on Monday.
Terry McCormick covers the Titans for TitanInsider.com