Even though he had a shaky performance last week at Tampa Bay, that didn’t stop Titans head coach Mike Munchak from handing second-year quarterback Jake Locker the starting job. While the pressure is always on when you’re a starting quarterback in the NFL, Munchak and his coaching staff are hoping by handing Locker the starting job, it will help their young quarterback settle down.
“Being a starting quarterback in the league, I don’t think the pressure is ever off,” Titans quarterbacks coach Dowell Loggains said, via Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean. “But the nice thing for Jake, this team and this organization going forward is now the questions are answered. So now Jake can go to work knowing he is the guy and go from there.”
Knowing he’s “the guy” will likely take some pressure off of Locker. Now that his battle for the starting job with Matt Hasselbeck is over, Locker can stop looking over his shoulder and focus on getting his offense organized and ready for the start of the season. The Titans hope Locker can have a bounce back performance tonight as they host the Cardinals. Since it’s the third preseason game for the Titans, expect Locker to play into the third quarter.