Whisenhunt feels “great” about Locker, looking at QBs because “you always have to be prepared”


The Titans had Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr in for a meeting this week and Eastern Illinois quarterback Jimmy Garappolo is due for one as well, but coach Ken Whisenhunt said Thursday that those visits aren’t a sign of dissatisfaction with Jake Locker.

Locker is entering his fourth season and the team is not expected to exercise the option in his contract to guarantee his return for a fifth season. That decision along with the visits from quarterbacks expected to go early in the draft and the team’s choice to sign Charlie Whitehurst (who played for Whisenhunt in San Diego) as a backup could suggest that Whisenhunt is looking for his own man to lead the Titans offense.

Whisenhunt chalked the Whitehurst signing up to the desire to have someone experienced in the offense, especially while Locker continues his recovery from foot surgery this spring. He also said that he feels “great” about Locker, who is expected to take part in OTAs if not the team’s opening minicamp this month, and said that checking out the rookie quarterbacks-to-be is just due diligence.

“You always have to be prepared because you never know what can happen. If there is an opportunity in this draft where you have a guy you think is really good, then you have to look at it. But more importantly you have to look at 2-3 years down the road,” Whisenhunt said, via the Tennessean. “It is about finding out about these guys. And then, if you don’t have them on your team, you know about them. And if something happens down the road you’ll have an important piece.”

Down the road will be a lot sooner than 2-3 years if Locker doesn’t solidify his grasp on the job during the 2014 and Whitehurst isn’t going to be a realistic answer at the position in the future, which makes it unwise for the Titans to do anything other than consider all of their options at the position this offseason.

16 responses to “Whisenhunt feels “great” about Locker, looking at QBs because “you always have to be prepared”

  1. Don’t you worry Locker, rest assured there will be an unknown 7th round draft pick QB starting for the Titans week 14 after you get pulled for having a single bad game somewhere midseason.

  2. Warning to Titans fans: Whisenpunt also felt “great” about going with Derek Anderson after Kurt Warner retired. That was the beginning of the end of the Whisenpunt era in Arizona, his fate sealed after he trotted out scrub after scrub as his next QB. Either he couldn’t coach ’em up, or they just stunk on ice.. didn’t matter, all we know is it didn’t work. Locker may not be Derek Anderson, but he’s not a guy who is going to lead you to the promised land, either. Good luck.

  3. The best game Locker had was against the Chargers, so Whisenhunt knows what kind of ability Locker has. The biggest question I have about Locker is his ability to stay healthy. If he can stay healthy, I expect him to have a great season with Whisenhunt since Whisenhunt won’t be as conservative as the past regime.

  4. Whiz and his 3 interviews the week the Bolts played the Donkeys still pisses me off. Imagine if he had actually put a real game plan together for the biggest game in the last decade for the Chargers. Smh

  5. I don’t see how Whitehurst has anything to do with them wanting a new starting QB. He’s a backup that knows the system.

    The visits from rookie QBs, sure… but Whitehurst really has nothing really to do with it.

  6. Because if there’s a QB expert in the NFL, it’s Whisenhunt. Hey, where are John Skelton, Ryan Lindley, Max Hall, Derek Anderson et al these days?

  7. It is going to be a very long season in Tennessee…. Whisenhunt failed miserably in Arizona after taking Danny Green’s team to the Super Bowl and that was Mike McCoy’s offense in San Diego…

  8. Sam Bradford and Jake Locker. Two guys that have done absolutely squat as high picks, yet seem to be immune to criticism. No idea how these two are still starters. If they played in bigger markets they would have been benched a long time ago.

  9. Most new HC’s coming in either want to succeed or fail with their own guy at QB, unless that new HC was hired partly because his enthusiasm for the current QB was well-established.
    I don’t recall Whisenhunt professing any great enthusiasm or regard for Locker, other than the typical kind of things you usually hear; so I fully expect the Titans will do their due diligence there, especially in light of Locker’s contract situation, and that Charlie Whitehurst is most definately nothing but an experienced backup of limited ability.

  10. “…could suggest that Whisenhunt is looking for his own man to lead the Titans offense.”

    Words that make Cardinals’ fans shudder to hear…

  11. Here’s what’s likely to happen: Locker will repeatedly be starter, then pulled after a bad series, then starter for half a quarter then pulled after a bad throw. Rinse repeat until he’s absolute garbage and ruined beyond repair.

    From there you’ll get to enjoy a long list of mid to late round scrubs playing musical QB. This guy knows about as much as a 5 year old when it comes to QB’s.

  12. It’s a shame that Jake Locker hasn’t gotten good coaching, because he has a lot of ability. A lot of people forget that at one time, Steve Young was an inaccurate running QB who led the Buccaneers to a losing record- before Bill Walsh scooped him up.

  13. That’s like telling your new wife I love you but I’ve going to keep on looking for another woman who could potentially be a better wife then you.

  14. There are a lot worse QBs on NFL rosters that has never had the success Vince Young has had …(NFL Rookie of the Year, 2 Pro Bowls, Playoff experience and Mobility). Vince has a career winning record of 31-19…
    I hope some team gives this quarterback a try-out, even if it’s for third string…
    GM/Coach, sit down and talk to this guy…I think he can help….

  15. Happy to know how coach is feeling. I wonder if Jake has that “GREAT” feeling as well?

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