Whisenhunt roots for eventual Locker contract dilemma

AP

Good problems to have remain problems.  And Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt currently hopes that the team will have a full-blown problem after the 2014 season.

With the Titans opting not to pick up the fifth-year option on fourth-year quarterback Jake Locker, the team’s current starter enters a contract year.  And Whisenhunt hopes that Locker plays well enough to put the team in a delicate spot when it comes to extending his stay.

I hope so,’’ Whisenhunt tells Peter King of TheMMQB.com regarding whether Locker is the team’s quarterback of the future.  “I feel good about what I see out here [in practice].  But you’re not getting hit out here either.  The question is, can you do all the right things when you’re about to get hit?”

For Locker, the question also is, can you get up after you get hit?

For the Titans, the question could become whether they’re willing to take a hit in the range of $17 million for 2015 if Locker plays well enough in 2014 to make the Titans want to keep him, since that would in turn create a market for his services elsewhere?  With the Titans unwilling to commit $14.66 million on an injury-only basis for 2015, it could be hard to cough up even more money if the light finally comes on for Locker.

Of course, it’s possible that the Titans already have concluded that Locker is merely the quarterback of the present, and that Whisenhunt doesn’t want to undermine that reality by saying, “No.  We’re done with the guy after this season.”

18 responses to “Whisenhunt roots for eventual Locker contract dilemma

  1. I’m a Washington fan, and I can objectively say that Locker is NOT a NFL QB. He ran the freakin’ Wing-T in High School for crying out loud. At Washington, he couldn’t hit a barn if it was next to him, and he is a one-read pass guy. After he left, the next man up (Keith Price), who wasn’t even drafted, ended up setting nearly every Husky QB record (with the same coaching staff and similar talent around him).

    Jake is an amazing athlete, but so is Michael Vick. If you can’t complete 60% of your passes in your college career, it is going to be hard to be a successful NFL QB (Favre is one of the few exceptions).

  2. Based on what’s been going on under Whisenhunt, the bar has certainly been raised for Locker. This won’t be a season where he merely needs to show he can stay healthy and stay on the improving pace he was on last year. He’ll have to make a serious jump in his game–primarily because the system Whisenhunt has installed is far more complex than Dowell Loggains’ system.

    That said, I’m optimistic Locker can do it. I’ve never seen a Titan QB work as hard as he does–including my all-time favorite, Steve McNair.

  3. Locker cannot stay healthy for a complete season: never has, never will. At $17 million for a reup on the contract, sorry, Jake, but better move along. He, and his backups played in inclimate weather, except Jake played with the 1st string team, and still looks his normal self (bad). Not a Locker fan, wish him well, but history is NOT on his side, nor is a solid performance. Hopefully, Titans can improve enough so that my PSL’s are not in the financial septic tank forever!

  4. Locker is not a franchise qb, but he isn’t a back up either. I feel you can build a solid team around him And he’ll succeed. kinda like Joe flacco or Carson Palmer. He was playing great last season before he got hurt, again.

  5. huskywolverine says: Aug 11, 2014 11:34 AM

    I’m a Washington fan, and I can objectively say that Locker is NOT a NFL QB. He ran the freakin’ Wing-T in High School for crying out loud. At Washington, he couldn’t hit a barn if it was next to him, and he is a one-read pass guy. After he left, the next man up (Keith Price), who wasn’t even drafted, ended up setting nearly every Husky QB record (with the same coaching staff and similar talent around him).

    Jake is an amazing athlete, but so is Michael Vick. If you can’t complete 60% of your passes in your college career, it is going to be hard to be a successful NFL QB (Favre is one of the few exceptions).

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    Well my friend, you simply don’t know what you’re talking about. Locker had something like 46 dropped passes his senior season at UW. For comparison, Luck that year had 17. But those still count against your completion percentage. If he had only 17 his completion percentage would have been right on par with Luck’s. Not saying he’s Andrew Luck (I know you morons like to make that leap), but his accuracy is an overblown issue. His health? Well that’s a different issue.

  6. To everyone commenting on Locker getting paid $17 Million, did you read the article above? Locker is NOT being paid that amount. That amount comes from the writer speculating future market value for a starting caliber QB. If you can’t comprehend what you read, then do not comment on something you don’t understand. That being said, Locker WILL earn that much next year, if not more. This is his year! #TitanUp

  7. Last year should have been Locker’s last year as a Titan. This certainly will be and good riddance.

  8. Locker will not be the QB next year. Zach Mettenberger will be the starter next season. If Locker gets hurt this season, then Mettenberger will take over this season and will given the chance to prove he can be the guy and that the Titans don’t need to draft another QB.

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