Titans quarterback Jake Locker is a good athlete who ran a 4.59-second 40-yard dash at the Scouting Combine two years ago, and the Titans think he’s capable of being the same kind of threat with his legs as a couple of other fast quarterbacks who were drafted two years ago, Colin Kaepernick and Cam Newton.
But Titans coach Mike Munchak said there’s a limit to the amount of read option he’s willing to run because he doesn’t want to see Locker take too many hits.
“We are going to have a lot more things for Jake. We worked on things for him after we drafted him . . . and you want defenses to worry about those types of things,” Munchak said, via Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean. “But maybe we wouldn’t do it to the degree you have seen other teams do it, because I don’t know if the quarterback can hold up doing that.”
Munchak sounds skeptical that an NFL quarterback can hold up for 16 games while running the ball with great frequency.
“Jake brings that dimension to the game, but you have to be smart about it. You want to take advantage of all the skills he does have, though it’s hard to survive if you’re running it all the time,’’ Munchak said. “So it has to be a happy medium.”
For the Titans, the happy medium may be Locker running more than the 41 times he ran last year. But not much more.