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Munchak tells Locker: Do what you’ve been doing and you’ll start


In another indication that the Titans’ quarterback job is Jake Locker’s to lose, coach Mike Munchak said today that if Locker continues to do through the rest of the preseason what he has done so far, he’ll beat out Matt Hasselbeck for the starting job.

Asked what Locker needs to do to win the starting job for the regular season, Munchak answered, “I think Jake Locker just has to do what he has been doing out here.”

Locker played better than Hasselbeck in the preseason opener, although neither quarterback was great. Munchak said he wants to see Locker get the Titans’ first-string offense into the end zone on Friday night against the Buccaneers.

“He needs to do what he did last week, but finish the drives as an offense,” Munchak said. “He finished and got the field goal on one of his drives. His one drive we didn’t get a touchdown, so it would be nice to see him, even though he isn’t going to get as much time as he’d like, out of 20 or 25 plays, get at least two drives where we do something positive with points. We’d like to see us go up by 10 points, move the ball, stay on the field and find a way to make plays. Those are the things you want to see.”

Locker has never started an NFL game, while Hasselbeck has 147 regular-season starts in his career. But Munchak said he doesn’t think Locker’s lack of experience is an issue.

“I don’t think it’s a big deal,” Munchak said. “I think it’s just something he needs to do and it’s helpful in the process for any player to go out there and get a chance to play. When I was playing, I didn’t go out there and start any preseason game, but then I started in the first regular season game. Guys do it all the time.”

Locker will get his first preseason start on Friday. And it’s sounding more and more like he’ll get his first regular-season start on September 9.

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13 Responses to “Munchak tells Locker: Do what you’ve been doing and you’ll start”
  1. rosstheboss18 says: Aug 15, 2012 10:19 PM

    C’mon Jake, Lock ‘er up!

    Thank you, I’ll be here all week…

  2. KIR says: Aug 15, 2012 10:44 PM

    Right, somethings going on with that O line. They need a mobile quarterback. I saw Chris Johnson get hit at least 3 times at the line or behind a line of scrimmage on run plays.

  3. darknessspreads says: Aug 15, 2012 10:59 PM

    @KIR: Jason Jones was the one getting penetration most of all, and he probably knows that O-Line well considering that he played in Tennessee before coming to Seattle.

    Seattle also has a very good run defense, and my understanding is that the Titans have a better pass protecting line than they do a run-blocking line. Please correct me if I am wrong about that, Titans fans.

  4. bennyb82 says: Aug 15, 2012 11:04 PM

    RGIII is the man, brother.

  5. theboysofdallas says: Aug 15, 2012 11:13 PM

    Start with hasselhoff and bring in locker

  6. hulkhogansays says: Aug 15, 2012 11:19 PM

    My FF Team would appreciate you winning the job Jake.

  7. borisbulldog says: Aug 16, 2012 2:50 AM

    Locker=Kyler Boller!

  8. borisbulldog says: Aug 16, 2012 3:10 AM

    Sorry, not to diss Nashville it’s a great city (i;ve ate biscuits with the C and W finest’s at the Star Cafe), but Locker is the anti-christ when it comes to QB play!

    Watch and see!

  9. kws767 says: Aug 16, 2012 7:40 AM

    @hulkhogansays…..dude, nobody gives a damn about your -or anyone else’s- fantasy football team…get a life !

  10. hulkhogansay says: Aug 16, 2012 8:49 AM

    I would trade my boy RGIII for Locker any day brother !

  11. hulkhogansays says: Aug 16, 2012 9:09 AM

    I would trade my boy RGIII for Locker any day brother!

  12. gogiantsfan says: Aug 16, 2012 12:45 PM

    The Oline is horrible! Either way, they’ll both be starting games this year.

  13. titansbro says: Aug 17, 2012 9:57 AM

    gogiantsfan says:
    Aug 16, 2012 12:45 PM

    The Oline is horrible! Either way, they’ll both be starting games this year.


    Actually they had one of the best pass blocking lines in the NFL last year. It was probably the reason Hass actually stayed relatively healthy last year & Locker didn’t become the starter then. Where they were deficient was in run blocking. Hence CJ1K.

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