Titans Bench Jake Locker For Zach Mettenberger
An era will end in Tennessee this weekend. The Titans have made it official, as they have formally moved on from would-be franchise passer Jake Locker and will roll with rookie quarterback Zach Mettenberger under center in week eight.
Locker’s benching comes after a season full of nagging injuries and inconsistency. With Tennessee struggling to stay in a groove offensively or win games, the team finally decided Locker wasn’t worth the investment and it might be time to turn to their 2014 sixth round draft choice.
Charlie Whitehurst had been recently filling in under center for the injured Locker and he was obviously also bypassed for the starting gig this week. Whitehurst was already seen as a replacement level talent at the very best, and he performed up to that label in his time as the starter.
On to Mettenberger
With neither Locker or Whitehurst showing much promise or being overly reliable, first year head coach Ken Whisenhunt wisely chose to switch to Mettenberger. While inexperienced, Mettenberger arguably gives Tennessee a spar on offense and if the Titans can execute their game plans correctly, he might even give them a better chance to win.
Whether or not those wins come now or Tennessee merely finds out if Mettenberger is the future of the franchise at the quarterback position, the move still understandably had to be made.
Some fans may not like the knee-jerk move with the Titans not even at mid-season yet, but most should welcome the decision to stop letting Locker’s inconsistency and shaky health hold the team hostage. While Locker is just 26 years old and carries considerable talent and upside, to this point he hasn’t shown to be a very reliable option.
Mettenberger may have only been a sixth round pick, but he actually was in the conversation to be a first rounder in last May’s draft. Thanks to great size and a cannon throwing arm, he appears to have the tools needed to turn into a successful starting quarterback. In fact, some even think he’s a sleeper to develop into a franchise passer.
Could the Titans have drafted the next Tom Brady late in last year’s draft? We’ll start on the path to see come Sunday.
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