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The Titans still have a QB quandary

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08:06 AM ET 08.07 | Another day passed without a Tennessee quarterback gaining separation. Titans quarterback Matt Hasselbeck's first pass in team drills against the Falcons was a beauty, a deep ball to wide receiver Nate Washington. His last pass was shorter but also highly effective -- a quick-strike touchdown to wide receiver Lavelle Hawkins. During the two hours in between, Hasselbeck and his receivers had some imperfect moments. Jake Locker, also bidding to win the starting job, had a similar practice. The Titans felt their offensive work here on Monday against one of the NFC's top teams was productive, even if it didn't provide a definitive answer to their quarterback question. That storyline is to be continued.

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August 7, 2012  08:09 AM ET

So, no story? Matches the picture, anyway.

August 7, 2012  08:09 AM ET

Stop the guessing. Hasselbeck will play the first 4-6 games, then Locker will step in. Rather go with younger than older.

August 7, 2012  08:16 AM ET

I'm glad they aren't going to end this story on a cliffhanger. I'd hate to go through the whole season without knowing who the QB is.

August 7, 2012  08:18 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

I'd hate to go through the whole season without knowing who the QB is.

Hopefully you're not a Jets fan.

August 7, 2012  08:19 AM ET

No reason to even put Hasselback on the field. Get Locker out there and let him show what he has made of from the beginning. Yes they are in a week division, but they aren't getting past the Texans in the division and they won't make it past a wild card game!

August 7, 2012  08:20 AM ET

There are 25 teams in the NFL with QB controversy.

August 7, 2012  08:20 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Hopefully you're not a Jets fan.

Laughed out loud at this. I'm a Tebow fan - but he isn't a starting QB in the NFL.....except maybe with the Jets.

August 7, 2012  08:22 AM ET

<yawn>

August 7, 2012  08:22 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

No reason to even put Hasselback on the field. Get Locker out there and let him show what he has made of from the beginning

But, since they're not likely to go anywhere, it might pay off better in the long run to keep Locker on the bench until he's really ready, rather than sending him out to face the wolves ala David Carr. Putting him in before he's ready could scar him for his whole career.

Is he ready? That's the question.

August 7, 2012  08:23 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

There are 25 teams in the NFL with QB controversy.

But isn't it nice to be in the other 7?

Hail to the Redskins!

August 7, 2012  08:24 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Hopefully you're not a Jets fan.

I didn't think the Jets were even going to bother with a QB this year.

August 7, 2012  08:25 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

But isn't it nice to be in the other 7?Hail to the Redskins!

Hail yes, for once!!!

August 7, 2012  08:26 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

But, since they're not likely to go anywhere, it might pay off better in the long run to keep Locker on the bench until he's really ready, rather than sending him out to face the wolves ala David Carr. Putting him in before he's ready could scar him for his whole career.Is he ready? That's the question.

First four games are pretty tough. Let Hasselbeck take the beating, then let Locker take the lead.

August 7, 2012  08:29 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

But isn't it nice to be in the other 7?Hail to the Redskins!

Was at the game sunday, a random fan leaned over towards me and said, "I kind of hate seeing Redskins football coming up.... The Nats are doing so well, I think my head is going to explode".

August 7, 2012  08:32 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

I didn't think the Jets were even going to bother with a QB this year.

doesn't appear they did.

August 7, 2012  08:34 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

But, since they're not likely to go anywhere, it might pay off better in the long run to keep Locker on the bench until he's really ready, rather than sending him out to face the wolves ala David Carr. Putting him in before he's ready could scar him for his whole career.Is he ready? That's the question.

We keep going back to Carr....what about Ryan, Flacco, Newton, rgIII, luck.....truth is Carr didn't have what it took to be a starting QB regardless of what happened, and I don't think Gabbert does either. Locker showed enough last year to throw him in. He may or may not have it, but if he doesn't there is a QB out of USC or one from Virginia Tech you might be able to get your hands on next year.

August 7, 2012  08:35 AM ET

You have a healthy Matt Hasselbeck practicing well and pushing a developing Jake Locker, who is putting pressure on Hasselbeck to keep performing. This isn't a quandary, this exactly what the Titans were hoping for.

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August 7, 2012  09:10 AM ET

There are other Teams? I thought only the Jets and Cowboys had Football Teams, Wow!!!!

 
August 7, 2012  09:16 AM ET

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