Earlier this week, Titans offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains said that his biggest goal for quarterback Jake Locker this season is for Locker to “take over the team.”
It’s the latest instance of someone pointing out that Year Three is shaping up as a big one for Locker. The Titans have built a receiving corps long on potential and they’ve addressed the gaping holes that were the guard spots last season, which many people feel has set Locker up to succeed if his play is up to snuff. If it isn’t, the Titans are set up for another losing season that could lead to sweeping changes in the organization that include a switch at the quarterback position.
If that seems like a lot of pressure being placed upon your shoulders, then you aren’t Locker. It’s all internal, according to the Titans quarterback.
“For me, the pressure that anyone else wants to put on me, I don’t pay attention to it,” Locker said during an appearance on SiriusXM NFL Radio with Bruce Murray and Rich Gannon. “I’ve always felt that no one wants me to have success more than me. I’m going to push myself harder than anyone can ever push me to get everything out of what I was given.”
Loggains thinks Locker has taken steps to make the team his own and there’s been nothing but positivity around the team when it comes to Locker, who had plenty of exterior factors to point to for his rough play in 2012. There should be fewer of them in Tennessee this season, which means that the level of pressure Locker’s feeling won’t be the only thing determined by the quarterback this time around.