The Jake Locker Era is about to begin in Nashville, and it has plenty of people excited, including Tennessee Titans owner Bud Adams.
“I heard the reports on the radio, and I’m excited about it. I think this kid is going to be a good one. We drafted him a couple of years ago (to be our quarterback)," Adams told TitanInsider.
Locker was the Titans first-round pick in 2011 and sat for most of his rookie year behind veteran Matt Hasselbeck, who had a solid year with more than 3,500 yards passing and 18 touchdowns in 2011.
Adams, 89, founded the franchise in 1960 in Houston, and has been waiting for the club to win a Super Bowl. In the past, Adams has been involved in some quarterback decisions, insisting that he wanted Vince Young selected in 2008 and spurring the Titans' pursuit of Peyton Manning over the summer.
Adams sounded genuinely excited that Locker is about to be handed the starting reins.
“The other guy (Hasselbeck) is a good one too, but he’s starting to get a little age on him,” said Adams of Hasselbeck, who turns 37 next month. “He came in and played well for us last year, but Locker did too when he came in. I’m looking forward to him playing.”
Locker obtains the starting role, despite a mediocre performance in last Friday night’s preseason game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in which he was 4 of 11 for 21 yards with an interception.
"He had a little bit of a rough go there, but I think he'll be all right," Adams said.
The Titans had said during the off-season that a quarterback competition would be held in training camp and off-season between the two, and that the decision would be made on the gut feeling of the coaching staff as to which player give them the best chance to win games.
Locker was solid in his preseason debut in Seattle, coming off the bench to go 7 of 13 for 80 yards. Hasselbeck was intercepted twice in that game, but went 4 for 5 for 29 yards in limited work against the Buccaneers.
An official announcement regarding the promotion of Locker could come after today’s practice.