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With Locker still not healthy, Hasselbeck will start again this week

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Titans quarterback Jake Locker is still not completely recovered from the Week Four injury to his non-throwing shoulder, so Matt Hasselbeck will get his fourth straight start on Sunday against the Colts.

Titans coach Mike Munchak confirmed today that Hasselbeck is his Week Eight starter.

Munchak also made clear, however, that there’s no quarterback controversy in Tennessee: If Locker were healthy enough to start this week he would, and if Locker is healthy enough to start next week he will.

Hasselbeck has completed 61.5 percent of his passes, averaged 6.0 yards a pass and thrown five touchdowns and four interceptions for a passer rating of 78.2. Locker has completed 63.2 percent of his passes, averaged 7.4 yards a pass and thrown four touchdowns and two interceptions, for a passer rating of 90.2. The Titans are 2-1 with Hasselbeck starting the last three weeks after going 1-3 with Locker starting the first four weeks.

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9 Responses to “With Locker still not healthy, Hasselbeck will start again this week”
  1. f00sballfan says: Oct 22, 2012 4:41 PM

    Translation: as long as we’re winning with Hasselbeck Locker’s not going to be healthy enough to start.

  2. rg3andout says: Oct 22, 2012 4:50 PM

    or do they not have faith in Locker? they have looked alot better with hasselsuck at thehelm

  3. brandonsc says: Oct 22, 2012 5:11 PM

    Titans in 2010: 6-10

    Titans in 2011: 9-7 (w/ Hasselbeck)

    Titans in 2012: 1-3 (w/Locker)

    Titans in 2012: 2-1 (w/Hasselbeck)

  4. philo13181 says: Oct 22, 2012 5:12 PM

    The Titans coach Mike Munchak would say Hasselbeck is 2-2 and Locker is 1-2 (Locker left the Houston game in the first quarter)

  5. trevor123698 says: Oct 22, 2012 5:22 PM

    They are clearly a much better team with hasslebeck at the helm. he won two straight games against quality opponents, while they won nothing with locker in there. it was a mistake from the start to go with Locker. Hasslebeck is a viable weapon at QB. Maybe not a cannon, but he can certainly take you out. he is not scared to pull the trigger

  6. choate930 says: Oct 22, 2012 5:31 PM

    Yes, he’s been really good against terrible defenses. Not so much against Texans and Vikings.

  7. wikipediasaidso says: Oct 22, 2012 5:42 PM

    Nobody was claiming they looked a lot better with Hasselbeck when they got pasted 38-14 in Houston (Hasselbeck played practically all of that game) or 30-7 in Minnesota.

    Hasselbeck is one of the best leaders you could ask for at QB and his experience is a huge plus in certain situations, like 4th and 9 trailing by 6 with a minute left when he rifles a 15-yd TD cool as can be. I couldn’t be a bigger fan of his. But it’s not about Locker holding them back. He really wasn’t, even if he made some young QB mistakes at times. Maybe they keep riding the hot hand with Hasselbeck for now, but Locker’s time will come again.

    Not a bad problem to have, all things considered. Now if they could only find that kind of solid depth and leadership on defense….

  8. seanje says: Oct 22, 2012 6:12 PM

    As a Britt/Cook fantasy owner, I don’t like this news. Probably the best thing for Locker, though. It’s easy to see this injury lasting more than just another week.

  9. paychrisjohnson28 says: Oct 23, 2012 3:19 PM

    Hasselbeck is the best option to win some games now due to his experience. He is a Quarterback who can be hot for long stretches of games and cold in other games. Locker is better off playing next year,or at least until the Titan’s are completely out of contention for the wild card. Left tackle Micheal Roos’ appendectomy yesterday could be a problem for the O-line protecting Hasselbeck and in the run game, we will see… The upcoming opponents Colts are 0-2 on the road so far…

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