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Jake Locker tries to deflect attention from himself

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Titans rookie quarterback Jake Locker, the eighth overall pick in the 2011 draft, showed up for workouts with his teammates on Tuesday.

And he asked the media not to make a big deal about him.

“I don’t want this to come off wrong or sound bad, but I’m not sure how this works out here, but I hope you guys won’t be here everyday because I don’t want my teammates to see me getting a lot of attention and have everything focused on me during these workouts,” Locker said, per Darren McFarland of TitanInsider.com.

McFarland suggests Locker is already showing himself to be the “Anti-Vince,” in reference to outgoing Titans quarterback Vince Young.

“Young might say that the focus wasn’t about him, but his actions and ego spoke otherwise,” McFarland writes.  “Young had his times when he didn’t want to talk to the media either, but more often than not, it was because he didn’t want to be held accountable for his shortcomings and mistakes — often treating media sessions with the same zeal he treated extra film study.”

It remains to be seen whether Locker generates any better results than Young when it’s time to play the games.

If it’s ever time to play the games.

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20 Responses to “Jake Locker tries to deflect attention from himself”
  1. panamon says: Jun 1, 2011 2:00 PM

    If Jake Locker has to deflect attention and is worried about too much attention on him why is it not reasonable for the Panthers to close their workouts while still letting the relevant news out that around 50 players came?

  2. hobartbaker says: Jun 1, 2011 2:00 PM

    Locker hates the attention. All his life people have pointed at him and laughed about the shape of his head.

  3. mn1bjb says: Jun 1, 2011 2:01 PM

    Locker showed a little humility so at minimum we won’t root for him to fail like we do VY.

  4. TurdSandwich says: Jun 1, 2011 2:08 PM

    Get em Snake!

  5. waxthat says: Jun 1, 2011 2:11 PM

    No worries, Jake…the media will be leaving you alone after a few measly seasons.

  6. pacificamjr says: Jun 1, 2011 2:33 PM

    jake is smart S-M-R-T

  7. zoxitic says: Jun 1, 2011 2:58 PM

    Count this as your 1st misstep Mr. “20 on the wonderlic “

  8. schmitty2 says: Jun 1, 2011 3:13 PM

    hobartbaker says:
    Jun 1, 2011 2:00 PM
    Locker hates the attention. All his life people have pointed at him and laughed about the shape of his head.

    hobart, you are the biggest turd. try contributing something meaningful just one time on here

  9. rayala3 says: Jun 1, 2011 3:23 PM

    As the possible future superstar QB of the Titans he should not shy away from anything. Handle it and move on but don’t ask the media to back off. You’re a 1st round pick.

  10. smokinjoes91 says: Jun 1, 2011 3:36 PM

    I’ve lived in Nashville my whole life and can say that this is a perfect match. Locker is as real and down to earth as professional athletes come. The people of this city and the state of Tennessee as a whole are lucky to have someone to cheer for who embodies the values we hold close as a community. I just hope his play matches the likeability of his personality.

  11. CKL says: Jun 1, 2011 3:44 PM

    I don’t view it as his shying away from the media. He’s always been accountable and taken blame and responsibility in bad times which is the biggest test. Every time he opens his mouth I like him more and more.

    It’s easy to court the media and fall into the trap of thinking you have nothing much to learn when you are a high profile rookie. Why do you think that BB and his lockerroom veterans are big on “subtly” discouraging rookies and new additions (Willie Mac et al used to be not so subtle… :D ) to the team from talking to the press for awhile and giving them guidelines for when they do? It’s smart.

  12. berniemadoffsides says: Jun 1, 2011 3:53 PM

    Don’t expect things to get any better once you bring your career 53.1% pass completion to the NFL, Jake.

  13. hystoracle says: Jun 1, 2011 3:59 PM

    Jake Locker tries to deflect attention from himself . . . by holding another news conference/interview about how he doesn’t want to do news conferences or interviews or be the subject of them. In case everyone in the media wasn’t aware, he will be honoring all requests for interviews about how he doesn’t want to be interviewed.

    Saying don’t look at me to the media is a pretty effective way to get ALL eyes on you.

  14. zoxitic says: Jun 1, 2011 4:07 PM

    smokinjoes91 says:
    Jun 1, 2011 3:36 PM
    I’ve lived in Nashville my whole life and can say that this is a perfect match. Locker is as real and down to earth as professional athletes come. The people of this city and the state of Tennessee as a whole are lucky to have someone to cheer for who embodies the values we hold close as a community. I just hope his play matches the likeability of his personality.

    _____________________________

    ……..but if his play matches his college stats we will turn on him like a rabid dog.

  15. gotitan says: Jun 1, 2011 4:54 PM

    Games are not won in news conferences, drafts, nor in off season workouts, regardless of his positive attitude, passing rating at Washington, nor his participation in these workouts. If he tears an ACL, he is on his own. That in itself should say a lot about the new QB. We’ll see what the future holds, Good Luck!

  16. tinytim4115 says: Jun 1, 2011 6:14 PM

    berniemadoffsides says: Jun 1, 2011 3:53 PM

    Don’t expect things to get any better once you bring your career 53.1% pass completion to the NFL, Jake.
    ———————————
    you must have said the same thing about Brett Favre when he came into the league…

  17. whatswiththehate says: Jun 1, 2011 6:25 PM

    Didn’t see the real purpose of this article except for the sports media to continue dictating to us hiow to feel about VY.

    So, we’re to determined that since Jake held a press conference stating that he doesn’t want his work-out to be all about him that’s a sign that he is thr anti-Vince Young. It’s not a sign that you sports media folks are a serious pain in the ASS???? NOPE!!!! Talk about having large ass egos.

  18. mbell360 says: Jun 1, 2011 7:26 PM

    Locker didnt hold a press conference to shy away from press. He simply told the press that showed up to watch him at a team workout he didnt want the focus on him. Coming from someone who has played against(in high school) and watched jake since highschool I can confirm that he is the least self centered person ive ever seen. Its always been a team sport for locker. Also I can understand why people want to forget about vy, but jake is not vince young, steve young, brett favre or tim tebow, hes jake locker and you cant take that away from him. Tennessee is gonna love him. People laugh at the titans for drafting locker before gabbert but why? Because “experts” remember 9 other teams also passed on gabbert before jacksonville traded up. Half of which desperately needed help at qb. As far as win loss record, uw was 0-10 in the 10 games locker missed in his 4 yr career. And he is moreaccurate than people give him credit for. Let jake be jake for a while and then compare him. I have no doubt he will be great congrats titans. You made a great move. Ill be rooting for you and rooting for locker. Sincerely huskies and seahawks fan

  19. mbell360 says: Jun 1, 2011 9:18 PM

    One more thing locker isnt the anti vince young because of interviews and workouts, especially since he hasnt signed a contract or got any gauranteed money, who wouldnt be on thier best behavior before negotiating a contract? However i will say that by the time locker hits his 4th yr in the league he will be the anti vince young in terms of maximizing potential . Vy could have been great by now but didnt put in the work. Players that love the game understand football isnt just 3 hours on fri. Sat. Or sun. But 24/7 365 and locker gets it.

  20. rellars says: Jun 2, 2011 12:17 PM

    Locker has no problem with attention by the media and he always handles well.

    This article writer is trying to make news to show he don’t want the attention. That’s a bunch of bull.

    The kid has nothing but class and is showing it by wanting to blend in with the veterans that I can assure you he will lead to the playoffs and beyond.

    Character is hard to come by these days. His play on the field will also match his character.

    Those who like to use his completion % to win their point are nothing but shallow and biased naysayers.

    You know most of them are useful idiots.

    Hoooooray.

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