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Kerry Collins may not be interested in being a “nursemaid” for Jake Locker


With Vince Young out and Jake Locker in and Rusty Smith not sufficiently experienced or veteran to serve as an experienced veteran, some believed that Titans quarterback Kerry Collins may stick around for another year, while Locker gets up to speed.

Teammate Jake Scott recently told Ross Tucker and Peter King of SiriusXM NFL Radio, via King’s indispensable MMQB column, that Collins may simply decide to call it quits.

“I’m not sure Kerry isn’t going to say, ‘I’m done,’ and ride off into the sunset,” Scott said.  “I don’t think he wants to come back and be a nursemaid to a young kid.  Money’s not an issue to him.”

If that’s the case, then the Titans need to decide whether to bring in a different veteran, whether to let Locker handle the job as a rookie, or whether to give Rusty Smith a shot at being the short-term solution, while hoping that Smith doesn’t become so good that they can’t get Locker onto the field.

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34 Responses to “Kerry Collins may not be interested in being a “nursemaid” for Jake Locker”
  1. krow101 says: May 30, 2011 10:21 AM

    He probably wants to get his drink on right about now.

  2. eaglesfootballfan says: May 30, 2011 10:34 AM

    This was a mistake to take Locker that High. The Titans should have traded for a Veteran QB

  3. serr8d says: May 30, 2011 10:41 AM

    …while hoping that Smith doesn’t become so good that they can’t get Locker onto the field.

    Funny guy, you are. Ha. Ha. Ha.

    We are so doomed.

  4. robf2010 says: May 30, 2011 10:42 AM

    “whether to give Rusty Smith a shot at being the short-term solution, while hoping that Smith doesn’t become so good that they can’t get Locker onto the field.”

    Yeah, that would be a disaster. I’m certain ALL NFL Head Coaches want their quarterback to not become so good.

  5. jimmysee says: May 30, 2011 10:52 AM

    I don’t really see that “veteran quarterbacks” are a fungible commodity.

    A veteran who knows and has played in the system can provide a huge leg up to a talented rookie.

    Some guy off the street, way less so.

  6. vikefan says: May 30, 2011 10:53 AM

    booo hoo hooo

  7. lee7786 says: May 30, 2011 10:56 AM

    As a Titans fan, this would be the best thing to happen to this team in a while. He had/has nothing left, time to move on, Hallelujah.

  8. corvusrex96 says: May 30, 2011 10:59 AM

    “…don’t think he wants to come back and be a nursemaid to a young kid”

    I don’t blame him, because that is what coaches get paid to do.

  9. richm2256 says: May 30, 2011 11:16 AM

    “while hoping that Smith doesn’t become so good that they can’t get Locker onto the field”

    That is the most f-ed up mindset in the world.

    Would it actually be a BAD thing if Smith became a “Tom Brady” type QB and made Locker an irrelevent draft pick?


    The idea is to end up with the best possible quarterback, not give your high draft choice the starting job. He has to EARN it, and if he’s that good, he should be able to EARN that starting job, just as Brady did with Drew Bledsoe.

  10. corchamp says: May 30, 2011 11:20 AM

    But they already picked him out a spot next to Jake’s Locker.

  11. CKL says: May 30, 2011 11:28 AM

    There’s a lot of stuff vet players can pass on to their positional counterparts that coaches just can’t do.

    Collins has the right to retire whenever he darned well pleases (taking into account that his not deciding yet isn’t really hurting the team since there is no FA and they went ahead and drafted a QB in the 1st round.)but if the ONLY reason is that he doesn’t want to help the kid, it’s douchey.

  12. waynefontes says: May 30, 2011 11:51 AM

    Wouldn’t be the first time Kerry Collins quit on an NFL team.

  13. bluefan204 says: May 30, 2011 11:52 AM

    He pulled the exact same crap when the Giants drafted Manning. Kerry is just so full of teh awesome that he can’t risk passing any of it onto a young QB, who may not be equipped to handle that kind of power.

    What a f’n stroker…

  14. schmitty2 says: May 30, 2011 11:55 AM

    If the Titans can finish 8-8 this year the Frank Wycheck “Music City Miracle” will be easily topped

  15. backindasaddle says: May 30, 2011 12:19 PM

    Collins has already had to weather the situation with that knucklehead Vince Young. I’m guessing he’s getting fed up having to continuously prove he’s the better QB at this stage of his career. I’m thinking he wants to be the starter and not have to be subject to a ground swell of fan and media enthusiasm to kick his old arss out and put the fresh new kid in. The problem for Kerry is that it’s completely unavoidable.

  16. willycents says: May 30, 2011 12:55 PM

    I would suggest that, if a veteran qb is asked to mentor a rookie and he doesn’t want to, then give him qb coach money so he gets paid for his knowledge…..oh, excuse me, he would probably just retire rather than take the pay cut.

  17. wolfwithlightsaber says: May 30, 2011 1:05 PM


    o SWEET Vengance for VY!


  18. MichaelEdits says: May 30, 2011 1:09 PM

    There are plenty of out-of-work vets to choose from.

  19. cosanostra71 says: May 30, 2011 2:52 PM

    while hoping that Smith doesn’t become so good that they can’t get Locker onto the field.


  20. realitypolice says: May 30, 2011 3:01 PM

    The headline of this article implies that there has been some indication on Kerry Collin’s behalf that he would not be interested in mentoring Gabbert.

    This is not really the case. The article is based solely on the opinion of a teammate, who may or may not have even spoken to KC since the end of the season.

    Thus the headline is more than a little unfair. Something more along the lines of “teammate wonders whether Collins will be “interested”, would have been better.

  21. souldogdave says: May 30, 2011 3:02 PM

    Don’t put it on Collins, it’s the coach’s job.

  22. saintez says: May 30, 2011 3:28 PM

    At least Vince is gone. Tired of his immature crap.

  23. kindbass says: May 30, 2011 4:09 PM

    They’re gonna be terrible. They might as well do “Hard Knocks”

  24. bmue42 says: May 30, 2011 5:25 PM

    they should go after mcnabb, even tho he’s over the hill, him and locker are similar in style and locker could prob learn alot while they rebuild

  25. rellars says: May 30, 2011 6:38 PM

    Jake Locker won’t need a nursemaid. He is a whole lot more of a man than the clown who made the comment.

    I say start Locker in the 1st game he is a real competitor and not a waste and the way he works he will be better than most of the vet’s in the league by the middle of the season he is that kind of a man.

    Forget the vet stuff bring one in but Locker will not sit long on the bench.

  26. rellars says: May 30, 2011 6:46 PM

    Let me add don’t be surprised if they don’t want to bring Collins back why tarnished the new kid with Collins.

    With a completely new staff and QB let them build their own methods and chemistry. Why let some Veteran tarnish that. Locker is to much of a worker to not to excel.

  27. commandercornpone says: May 30, 2011 7:14 PM

    the other issue is, more and more these days, and not just in football, the young kids think they know it all and wont listen to anyone. all those years of “i am somebody” and pumped up self esteem have led led to a younger generation with arrogance beyond its years with no supporting rationale of achievements or knowledge.

    so, collins is well within his rights to not try to nursemaid someone who is “above it all” anyway. it doesnt matter if the team wants him to help the kid. if the kid wont listen, the kid gets to be on his own. and most of these kids arent going to listen.

    let the best guy in camp start the season. assuming that isnt locker, he can watch the old man thrive or not. he can certainly learn to follow by example. cant he?

    or collins can skate thru camp if the titans are going to start locker anyway. then pick up the pieces along about week 3…

  28. prior0knowledge says: May 30, 2011 9:50 PM

    “while hoping that Smith doesn’t become so good that they can’t get Locker onto the field”

    — Dumb comment

  29. topgunnfl says: May 30, 2011 9:52 PM

    Does Collins feel that he SHOULD be the starter? I am not saying that he is garbage but he is in the twilight of his career and it will end sooner than later. His role for ny NFL team is at best a bridge QB for a young, rookie QB. Collins is not an “answer” for any NFL team’s QB needs and if he wants to remain in the NFL he needs to accept his place in the NFL and that is a serviceable QB when he is needed but not someone you can build around. Take it in stride and if you the lvoe the game, stay, if you want to be a starter, you are kidding yourself.

  30. clintonrb says: May 30, 2011 11:20 PM

    The titans are going to be in for a few seasons of pain- why would anyone take locker this high? They could have filled a dire need and still taken him later in the draft. The only hope for the titans next year is a steady dose of cj , ball control and tough d-

  31. rellars says: May 31, 2011 2:12 AM

    commandercornpone says: May 30, 2011 7:14 PM

    I assume you are talking about new guys in general.

    Because if you are referring to Locker you don’t know they guy very well. He is as well rounded player/individual as you will find anywhere a total class act.

    Arrogance is not a Locker trait.

    Collins can do what ever he wants agreed he does not owe anyone anything as long as he is not under contract.

    Locker would listen to him I just don’t know what he (Collins) could really offer.

  32. cgtenakey42 says: May 31, 2011 3:34 AM

    This has always bothered me about our FO.They keep making one strange decision after another.Kerry was on his downward spiral after 1 season with us and everybody knows he had NOTHING to offer in terms of coaching VY up. Him in Fisher was just as childish as VY. Kerry say” Either I start or I retire” Fisher says “Either Vince goes or I go”. As far as Locker,Why draft a guy that is where Vince was 4 years ago in terms of skills? A 8th overall pick on a QB with accuracy issues? REALLY?? I hope Locker can prove me wrong.

  33. rellars says: May 31, 2011 10:19 AM

    cgtenakey42 says: May 31, 2011 3:34 AM

    Locker will prove you wrong. He does not have accuracy issues. Watch his play at Washington forget the numbers that is always the shallow and lazy way to tag someone as having accuracy issues.

  34. darock765 says: May 31, 2011 3:23 PM

    If Collins is that good and the Titans want to keep him, but He doesnt want to play back up or momma to a rookie, then just make him the Quaterback Coach and have the best of all worlds !!

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