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Poll: Where do the Titans turn for a veteran QB?

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    1)Donovan McNabb
    2)Matt Hasselbeck
    3)Alex Smith
    4)Matt Leinart
    5)Marc Bulger
    6)Brett Favre
    7)Other

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  • Not McNabb, not Leinart, not Bulger, and not Favre.

    That leaves Hasselbeck (FA) and Smith (still under contract, I believe).

    Hasselbeck would be all right as long as he's cheap and he understands his place (temporary starter who needs to help tutor Locker). If he's unwilling to be that guy, then I'd prefer Smith. In fact, I've been in the Alex Smith camp for a while now. Only problem is it looks like we'd have to send a draft pick to the 49ers if we want him.

    What's the deal with David Carr? Is he under contract? I wouldn't mind taking a chance on him. He'd be cheap, his style is similar to Locker's, and he has played for Chris Palmer. Most of all, there would be no mental pressure on him to be a franchise savior, and he would get to play with a good RB behind a good O-line (something he didn't have in Houston).

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  • Hasselbeck is the best one on that list. Honestly, I'd rather see Jake start Week 1.

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    Wouldn't mind Smith for a while.

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  • I still think that if camp starts on time that the veteran QB could be a backup type from the outset. The Titans are in rebuilding mode and the bigger names on the list probably won't come here to start six games and hand the reins over to Locker. Why not start Locker if he has a grasp of the offense and get a Neil O'Donnell/Billy Volek type who knows he will be a backup right from the start.

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  • TerryMc13 said... (original post)

    I still think that if camp starts on time that the veteran QB could be a backup type from the outset. The Titans are in rebuilding mode and the bigger names on the list probably won't come here to start six games and hand the reins over to Locker. Why not start Locker if he has a grasp of the offense and get a Neil O'Donnell/Billy Volek type who knows he will be a backup right from the start.

    Actually Billy Volek is a free agent, I would be shocked if they brought him back but he's as good or better than the aforementioned options, IMO. I'm pretty sure I heard John Clayton say on Sunday that Alex Smith would definitely be back with the 49ers this season.

    I'll take Jake starting, we've got a good O-line, he shouldn't get too beat up. If we are just in need of a veteran backup then I suppose Hasselback is the best of those options. These are other free agent QB options (pitiful, at best):
    Todd Collins
    Caleb Hanie
    Brady Quinn
    Drew Stanton
    Trent Edwards
    Luke McCown
    Brodie Croyle
    Chad Pennington
    Tyler Thigpen
    Tarvaris Jackson
    Jim Sorgi
    Kellen Clemens
    Bruce Gradkowski (OAK)
    Dennis Dixon (PIT)
    Troy Smith (SF)
    Rex Grossman (WAS)

  • Why would the veteran QB come here, have to start 6 games and hand the ball over to Locker? I like the Locker pick and hope he turns out to be great, but you can't ask the kid to start come game one this year, considering that the first time that he will have any contact with his coaches or any practice with his teammates will be at best the end of July. Starting him game one with no real viable alternative could be a complete disaster, for the team and Jake Locker himself. Matt Hasselbeck took the Seahawks to the playoffs last year and won a playoff game. I realize he's not the best in the league, but he's capable of winning games. I'm not ready to go ahead and give up the 2011 season before it even starts. I believe that the Seahawks are looking elsewhere. Hasselbeck is going to have to go somewhere, and most every team that needs a Quarterback drafted one ( Minnesota, Cincinnati, Jacksonville, Carolina, and Tennessee). Arizona would be the exception, but they'll go after Kolb. So, most all of these veteran Quarterbacks, if they want to start, are going to have to go somewhere with a rookie waiting behind them. That's just the NFL these days. And I think that a 35 year old Matt Hasselback realizes that. I don't think he'll sign more than a 2 year deal wherever he signs. I would be all for going into 2011 with Hasselbeck. Let Jake Locker learn a little this year. Mike Reinfeldt has already said that they do not want to put that much pressure on Jake in his first year, and I don't think they will.

  • lee7786 said... (original post)

    Why would the veteran QB come here, have to start 6 games and hand the ball over to Locker? I like the Locker pick and hope he turns out to be great, but you can't ask the kid to start come game one this year, considering that the first time that he will have any contact with his coaches or any practice with his teammates will be at best the end of July. Starting him game one with no real viable alternative could be a complete disaster, for the team and Jake Locker himself. Matt Hasselbeck took the Seahawks to the playoffs last year and won a playoff game. I realize he's not the best in the league, but he's capable of winning games. I'm not ready to go ahead and give up the 2011 season before it even starts. I believe that the Seahawks are looking elsewhere. Hasselbeck is going to have to go somewhere, and most every team that needs a Quarterback drafted one ( Minnesota, Cincinnati, Jacksonville, Carolina, and Tennessee). Arizona would be the exception, but they'll go after Kolb. So, most all of these veteran Quarterbacks, if they want to start, are going to have to go somewhere with a rookie waiting behind them. That's just the NFL these days. And I think that a 35 year old Matt Hasselback realizes that. I don't think he'll sign more than a 2 year deal wherever he signs. I would be all for going into 2011 with Hasselbeck. Let Jake Locker learn a little this year. Mike Reinfeldt has already said that they do not want to put that much pressure on Jake in his first year, and I don't think they will.

    Well said, lee. BTW, welcome

  • JVVol said... (original post)

    Well said, lee. BTW, welcome

    Thank you sir, I've been lurking for a while and just decided to register and talk Titans with you guys.

  • lee7786 said... (original post)

    Why would the veteran QB come here, have to start 6 games and hand the ball over to Locker? I like the Locker pick and hope he turns out to be great, but you can't ask the kid to start come game one this year, considering that the first time that he will have any contact with his coaches or any practice with his teammates will be at best the end of July. Starting him game one with no real viable alternative could be a complete disaster, for the team and Jake Locker himself. Matt Hasselbeck took the Seahawks to the playoffs last year and won a playoff game. I realize he's not the best in the league, but he's capable of winning games. I'm not ready to go ahead and give up the 2011 season before it even starts. I believe that the Seahawks are looking elsewhere. Hasselbeck is going to have to go somewhere, and most every team that needs a Quarterback drafted one ( Minnesota, Cincinnati, Jacksonville, Carolina, and Tennessee). Arizona would be the exception, but they'll go after Kolb. So, most all of these veteran Quarterbacks, if they want to start, are going to have to go somewhere with a rookie waiting behind them. That's just the NFL these days. And I think that a 35 year old Matt Hasselback realizes that. I don't think he'll sign more than a 2 year deal wherever he signs. I would be all for going into 2011 with Hasselbeck. Let Jake Locker learn a little this year. Mike Reinfeldt has already said that they do not want to put that much pressure on Jake in his first year, and I don't think they will.

    I realize that time has been lost that Locker could have used with the coaches. The point I'm trying to make here is that if Hasselbeck or McNabb come here, they're going to want to start for a year and probably two years. I just don't see the Titans as a playoff team right now. There are some weapons on offense (CJ, Britt, Cook) and a pretty good o-line, but for a team to pull off what Matt Ryan, Joe Flacco or Mark Sanchez have done as rookies, they have to have a good defense. The Titans are going through lots of changes right now with a new staff, clearing the decks at QB and rebuilding on defense. With any luck, they should be ready to be a strong contender by 2012 or 2013. Why not go ahead and let Locker grow with the team as it rebuilds and have a veteran behind him, rather than let a stopgap win you six or seven games this year and Locker get no experience whatsoever? That way, when all he pieces are in place in a year or two, your QB will have enough game experience and should be ready to blossom and mature. I think it's better to win four games with Locker and let him have a year to learn. With CJ in the backfield and a good o-line, he shouldn't get beat up too bad. I know you don't want to give up on 2011 so soon, but I think winning four games and Jake having a year of experience is better than winning six games with Hasselbeck or McNabb under center.

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  • I would be shocked if the Titans front office went into this year with Jake Locker as the only real answer to the Quarterback position. That, in my opinion, is just too much pressure too soon to put on the kid. I think the Front Office will at least attempt to acquire an alternative (competitive) QB, besides Jake Locker. I don't think there is a team out there that is going to guarantee Hasselbeck would have a starting job for two more years. The Seahawks wouldn't even do that. It would be a huge gamble, and potential disaster, if the Titans went with Locker as their only real answer. But, if you think 2011 is going to yield L's either way, then I do understand the philosophy of going with Locker from game one. Every Titans fan wants Locker to be one of the top QB's in the league someday. But there is differing philosophies with how to ultimately achieve and get to that point.
    I, however do think that it would be possible to significantly improve the defense in one (although shortened) free agency period, offseason, and with a new (imo significantly better) defensive coordinator. Not likely, I know, but possible. That is assuming that Coach Gray can teach linebackers how to cover a tight end. I know I'm probably exhibiting some wishful thinking here, but I'm just a fan.

  • lee7786 said... (original post)

    I would be shocked if the Titans front office went into this year with Jake Locker as the only real answer to the Quarterback position. That, in my opinion, is just too much pressure too soon to put on the kid. I think the Front Office will at least attempt to acquire an alternative (competitive) QB, besides Jake Locker. I don't think there is a team out there that is going to guarantee Hasselbeck would have a starting job for two more years. The Seahawks wouldn't even do that. It would be a huge gamble, and potential disaster, if the Titans went with Locker as their only real answer. But, if you think 2011 is going to yield L's either way, then I do understand the philosophy of going with Locker from game one. Every Titans fan wants Locker to be one of the top QB's in the league someday. But there is differing philosophies with how to ultimately achieve and get to that point. I, however do think that it would be possible to significantly improve the defense in one (although shortened) free agency period, offseason, and with a new (imo significantly better) defensive coordinator. Not likely, I know, but possible. That is assuming that Coach Gray can teach linebackers how to cover a tight end. I know I'm probably exhibiting some wishful thinking here, but I'm just a fan.

    You make some very valid points. They will sign a veteran quarterback, I just don't know how good a QB they will zero in on. If they start Hasselbeck or McNabb, it's going to be tough to get them to come here, knowing they might only start a half a season because the Titans are 2-6 and want to see what Locker can do. Also, to get one of those guys, the Titans will be on the hook for starter money, regardless of how long the guy starts. And Mike Reinfeldt is nothing if not frugal with the checkbook.

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  • I think it all comes down to how you think Locker can best develop. Does he develop better going the Peyton Manning start-from-day-one route or the Aaron Rodgers stick-a-headset-on-him-and-pray-he-becomes-awesome route. pray

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  • #2 God, I hope they don't pick up Matt Leinart. lol