The Titans quarterback competition is in full swing and Matt Hasselbeck thinks he could be doing a better job in his effort to win the job over Jake Locker.
“Calling the plays better, new concepts … and then obviously making better decisions and better throws,” Hasselbeck said, via David Glennon of the Tennessean, when asked about what things he could be doing better.
That sounds like good news for Locker on the surface, although Hasselbeck went on to say that this time of the year isn’t just about personal success. It’s also about trying out the new concepts he mentioned up top and seeing what different players can do in different situations. Hasselbeck said he’s been focusing on those things instead of the competition, which he doesn’t view in terms of simply doing a little bit better than Locker.
“Whether it’s the quarterback or any other position, when you talk about competing or being a competitor, there’s two types,” Hasselbeck said. “The kind of guy who’s running and looking next to him, like, ‘Am I ahead of everybody else?’ Then there’s the kind of guy who’s running and isn’t worried about everyone else. He’s just worried about himself and, ‘Is this the best I can do?’ That’s the better mindset to take. That’s the approach I try to take.”
It’s definitely a smart approach in these situations. Mike Lombardi of the NFL Network called Locker the frontrunner for the starting job earlier this week, but Hasselbeck might be able to turn things around by ignoring that and focusing only on his game.