The Tennessee Titans have a new head coach in town, which means that they’re going to reconsider their current roster. One of the questions that the new regime has to answer is what to do with quarterback Jake Locker. Despite hearing excitement from Locker about working with new head coach Ken Whisenhunt, the team remains noncommittal.
According to Peter King’s MMQB column this week, Whisenhunt hasn’t said that the team will move on from Locker but he remains on the fence about the team’s current quarterback.
“I haven’t studied him as much as I need to,” Whisenhunt said. “I have seen good, and I have seen bad. No question he has ability, and I have heard good things about him. The question is, can he harness the ability, and can he be consistent?”
Again, this doesn’t mean that Locker is on his way out in Tennessee, but it’s starting to look like that might end up being the case. Locker could be a starter in the NFL, but he needs to develop more and the Titans are likely leaning towards drafting a quarterback and developing him from scratch that re-working Locker.
A quarterback is likely to be drafted regardless of whether Locker stays on roster or not, but how committed the team is to Locker will determine how high that rookie quarterback is selected.