In a not so surprising move, Matt Hasselbeck will get the start for the Tennessee Titans Saturday night in the preseason opener against his former team, the Seattle Seahawks.
Hasselbeck is competing with second-year pro Jake Locker, for the Titans' starting quarterback job, and gets the nod for the first preseason game in part because he was last year's starter for Tennessee.
“It wasn’t a big decision. I think Matt (Hasselbeck) deserves the start,” Munchak said. “If it means anything, it’s his hometown and where he’s played. He was a starter last year, so I think he should be the first one out of the box with the ball in his hand.”
Hasselbeck spent 10 years with the Seahawks from 2001-10 as the club's primary starting quarterback. He is expected to get about 12 to 15 snaps under center before giving way to Locker, last year's first-round pick. He is excited about returning to Seattle.
“It'll feel weird for me for sure coming out of the other locker room, the other end zone. I spent a lot of time there and have a lot of great memories there,” Hasselbeck said.
The contest is also a homecoming for Locker, who played college football in Seattle at the University of Washington.
“For me it's not going to be a discouragement,” Locker said. “I'm going to be approaching it the same way I would if I was starting the game.”
Munchak did not commit to reverse the roles and starting Locker first next week when the Titans travel to Tampa Bay for their second preseason game