The Titans might have the most interesting offseason quarterback competition this offseason, if only because they might be the most talented team in the league with an unresolved quarterback situation. Matt Hasselbeck led them to a 9-7 record last year, but he turns 37 in September and Jake Locker was their 8th overall pick last season and played well in limited action behind Hasselbeck last season.
So far, all of the signs have pointed to Hasselbeck starting for the Titans, even though the coaching staff is still insisting that there is no favorite yet. Adam Schefter believes Hasselbeck will continue to start until he struggles, which was the case last season, and GM Ruston Webster says that the competition will come down to more than just stats. Hasselbeck’s experience and intangibles would definitely count as that.
Speculation that Hasselbeck would start was further fueled today when Mike Munchak said that the Titans’ early schedule will affect the quarterback battle. The Titans face the Patriots, Chargers, Lions, Texans, Vikings, and Steelers in their first 6, a tough early season schedule. They might not want to throw their young quarterback out there to that when they still have a capable veteran starter.
The Titans still have not decided on a quarterback and there are still saying that it’s 50/50 between the two, but Hasselbeck does appear to have the inside track early. This isn’t to say Locker can’t win the job if he really impresses in Training Camp and the Preseason, but it looks like Hasselbeck’s job to lose. The Titans feel they can compete this year, after last year’s solid 9-7 season, and they probably won’t want to go through the ups and downs of a young quarterback when they can go with a reliable veteran.