Jake Locker's sub-par performance in Friday's 30-7 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, did not hurt his chances of being the Tennessee Titans starting quarterback.
Locker made his first start of the preseason, but hit only 4 of 11 passes for 21 yards and had one interception in playing most of the first half.
“I wouldn't say he hurt his chances at all. Would you rather it been a different outcome? Both quarterbacks, I wish there were different last night,” Coach Mike Munchak said. “Matt didn't get much of a chance; I think he had like 15 snaps or something. But both games, I think we haven't moved the ball the way we hoped we would.”
One his interception by Ahmad Black in the first quarter, which set up the Bucs' only touchdown of the game, Locker overthrew rookie receiver Kendall Wright in the middle of the field.
“He made the one bad decision, which we all know, when he threw the interception and should have run,” Munchak said. “If he had the ball back, I'm sure he would have run with it like he did the next time he was in the same situation when he had the touchdown drive and ran for 20 yards or so.
“He thought he could make a play, throwing it across the field. We all know that is very dangerous. You get away with it every so often in practice, but in games, bad things can happen and it did. He got in the same situation and made a different decision, which was a better one.”
One of Locker's other throws was nearly intercepted in the end zone, but Munchak said the receiver ran the wrong route on that play. Rookie Kendall Wright was the intended target.
“The one in the end zone was one where the guy didn't run the route correctly, and it got in an ugly spot. There were three or four plays where he was sloppy on,” Munchak said.
Still, there is the chance Locker could start again on Thursday night in the preseason home opener against the Arizona Cardinals. While no decision has been made on that yet, Munchak did say that the the staff would like to see more of Locker.
“It's hard to judge. That's the hard part about this process, like we said at the beginning. It's hard to judge based on 20 snaps,” Munchak said. “You have to be able to project, go on the whole on everything, not just what you see, or what people see on 20 snaps in a preseason game. We've got to get him to play more plays so we can see more.”