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Titans put Jake Locker in the pistol

Jake Locker AP

For all the moves they made this offseason, the Titans know their season hinges on the growth of quarterback Jake Locker.

So in an effort to give him the best chance, they’re trying to tailor some things to his skills.

According to Paul Kuharsky of ESPN.com, the Titans were running plays from the pistol formation last night.

Given Locker’s mobility, setting him up in the half-shotgun formation should give him a little more room to move, and help create space for him.

“It doesn’t quite tip off what runs you can do when the back is offset,” Titans coach Mike Munchak said. “The offense has more options for what they can do.”

He has the ability to run, and if they can get him comfortable, it could be a good fit with their personnel.

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33 Responses to “Titans put Jake Locker in the pistol”
  1. skinsfan91 says: Jul 31, 2013 11:43 AM

    The Redskins sure are influencing the whole league.

  2. bravovictor52 says: Jul 31, 2013 11:44 AM

    This is Jake’s year to make his mark. Perhaps last two seasons have had legitimate “reasons” for less than stellar performance, but it’s make or break for Jake.

  3. raiderufan says: Jul 31, 2013 11:45 AM

    I tend to lean towards it being better for Chris Johnson. He killed teams in his 2000 yard season on cut backs in the stretch/zone running scheme. He’d have numerous options in the read/pistol plays and with one cut (his specialty) can excelerate into the hole and be gone. He’ll be deadly.

  4. redbirdsrising says: Jul 31, 2013 11:53 AM

    The “Pistol” formation is very good for those Bang-Bang type plays.

  5. skinzfan21 says: Jul 31, 2013 11:53 AM

    At what point does everyone be honest and give Shanahan & RG3 credit for starting this fad? seems like every team waited to see how effective the read option could be then jumped on the bandwagon……HTTR

  6. scorpiox1960 says: Jul 31, 2013 11:54 AM

    I saw the word “pistol” in the title and thought this was another AH post.

  7. aaroncurryisbust says: Jul 31, 2013 11:55 AM

    Jake Locker is still going to be a beast, you heard it here first. I never gave up faith in him, dude has monster talent. Think a taller Russell Wilson.

  8. Kaz says: Jul 31, 2013 11:57 AM

    skinsfan91 says:
    Jul 31, 2013 11:43 AM
    The Redskins sure are influencing the whole league.
    ________

    And IRGIII should be influencing every qb thinking about running out of it.

  9. Kaz says: Jul 31, 2013 12:00 PM

    Listen to all these Skinsfans… Acting like “new winners” (new money). Act like you’ve been there before. People are tired of you guys mentioning IRGIII in every comment. On every subject. Has it been that long since you’ve won that you don’t know how to act as a winning fanbase?

  10. jmak79 says: Jul 31, 2013 12:05 PM

    These guys will lead the league in rushing yards as a team.

    Locker doesn’t need to light teams up with passing as long as he is effecient and they play solid defense.

    I could see them 9-7 or better this year.

  11. raqaiw says: Jul 31, 2013 12:08 PM

    The Lions ran plays from the pistol 2 years ago with Stafford.
    Suck it Slurskins fans.

  12. skinzfan21 says: Jul 31, 2013 12:15 PM

    that’s cool…… but last I checked everyone was calling the redskins offense a gimmick! pretty different view once their favorite team joins along in the “gimmick”

  13. tinbender2000 says: Jul 31, 2013 12:20 PM

    The 49’ers showed the league how to run the pistol. The Redskins showed the league how to ruin a rookie quarterback.

  14. tennesseeoilers says: Jul 31, 2013 12:31 PM

    Given that Jake Locker led all QBs in yards-per-carry last season, this should be interesting. That said, why did the Titans wait until Jake’s third year to install this? This is the team that was effectively running the read-option with Vince Young and Chris Johnson four years before it became the NFL’s hot item.

  15. 737driver69 says: Jul 31, 2013 12:40 PM

    Management need to put Jake in a “Locker” and throw away the keys, the last thing we need is another NFL player without any talent with a “Pistol”…enough said

  16. kane337 says: Jul 31, 2013 12:43 PM

    This is a good move for the Titans as the pistol worked well for other teams with mobile QBs. Unless teams figure out how to defend it this year.

  17. ccjcsr says: Jul 31, 2013 12:43 PM

    He’ll be on IR just like RGknee.

    #CowboyNation

  18. dsimp724 says: Jul 31, 2013 12:48 PM

    How do they practice that, have aaron hernandez run a post route against ray carrouth

  19. whysomanylosers says: Jul 31, 2013 12:49 PM

    Skins and Hawks, the two most overrated teams in the NFL. Both will be lucky to go 8-8.

  20. wikipediasaidso says: Jul 31, 2013 12:58 PM

    It’s been said that Loggains’ offense is perhaps a little more like Mike Heimerdinger’s and not so much Chris Palmer’s. Which…no complaints here. I think Dinger had a lot more imagination with his play calling and use of personnel (not unlike Dinger’s mentor, Shanahan). I’m not sold on Locker yet — love the intangibles, not so sure about the pure mechanics — but it wouldn’t surprise me if he has a lot fewer critics at the end of the year. Not hard to root for him, he’s a great kid.

  21. ctiggs says: Jul 31, 2013 1:02 PM

    It’s quite annoying how PFT “protects” certain players like locker, bradford etc, but destroys others like gabbert, sanchez(he is terrible) and my boy kap.

  22. jkmccrty says: Jul 31, 2013 1:07 PM

    the 49’ers are the team that ran it best. They actually block for the Qb. The skins ran a watered down version of it and it got their QB killed.

    The Pistol’s origins go decades back, Shanahan did not create; get a clue.

  23. raiderufan says: Jul 31, 2013 1:12 PM

    Shanahan and the skins deserve credit for showing teams the pistol worked in the NFL?

    That’s ridiculous. You know what started this? The wildcat. It showed teams they could manipulate the movement of lineman with simple fakes and eliminate the need to block all of them. Teams just needed guys that could also play QB as well as run which most college teams weren’t putting out. They were getting Pat White not RGIII, Kaepernick and Wilson. As the college game spread out it was ineveitable that good throwing QB’s that could run would come out of it. The Skins are one of the initial benefactors but hardly the originators.

  24. blue4282 says: Jul 31, 2013 2:09 PM

    Locker in the pistol should give him more time and slow the game down for him.

  25. granadafan says: Jul 31, 2013 2:15 PM

    If we took a poll on the worst fans, the Redskins would easily come out #1, Steelers and Seahawks tied for #2.

  26. dylanssongwriter says: Jul 31, 2013 2:19 PM

    Pistol DOES NOT = Read option

  27. lazershow15 says: Jul 31, 2013 3:37 PM

    This will probably benefit backup Ryan Fitzpatrick as well since he ran a lot of pistol in Chan Gailey’s offense the past two years.

  28. sikwiddit says: Jul 31, 2013 3:54 PM

    Need to put Joke locker on the bench and be done with him.

  29. htown1035 says: Jul 31, 2013 11:38 PM

    The Texans were running plays out of the pistol today as well. After practice the coaches said it wasn’t because of some change in their offense, but rather for the defense to practice going up against it.

  30. slickvicster says: Aug 1, 2013 12:44 PM

    With Ryan Fitzpatrick waiting in the wings Jake better get his act together FAST !!

  31. tennesseetyrant says: Aug 1, 2013 8:25 PM

    Why in the hell is everyone trying to give props to Shanahan and Robert Griffin for the Titans using a mobile quarterback ? … It sure seems like the Titans/Oilers had the bead on running quarterbacks even back when Mikey was patting Elway on the back… Lets take a look at 20 years of football in the Titans/Oilers – 1993 on – Warren Moon ( runner ) , Steve McNair, Vince Young…. Jake Locker …. hmmm, yep looks like the Redskins started this trend 20 years ago , my bad.

  32. skinsfansince71 says: Aug 12, 2013 12:31 PM

    granadafan says: Jul 31, 2013 2:15 PM

    If we took a poll on the worst fans, the Redskins would easily come out #1, Steelers and Seahawks tied for #2.

    Didn’t England invade Granada awhile back.Worst fans , I don’t think so. that would be The Eagles fan they root for players to get hurt.

  33. skinsfansince71 says: Aug 12, 2013 12:34 PM

    tennesseetyrant says: Aug 1, 2013 8:25 PM

    Why in the hell is everyone trying to give props to Shanahan and Robert Griffin for the Titans using a mobile quarterback ? … It sure seems like the Titans/Oilers had the bead on running quarterbacks even back when Mikey was patting Elway on the back… Lets take a look at 20 years of football in the Titans/Oilers – 1993 on – Warren Moon ( runner ) , Steve McNair, Vince Young…. Jake Locker …. hmmm, yep looks like the Redskins started this trend 20 years ago , my bad.

    I believe Joe T was a mobile QB in 1982 plus he used to return punts and kickoffs, but that was before LT snapped his leg.

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