Titans 2011 first-round pick Jake Locker spent his rookie season behind veteran Matt Hasselbeck, who was signed to a three-year contract to help bridge the gap and mentor Locker.
That could change in 2012, as head coach Mike Munchak disclosed that Hasselbeck and Locker will compete for the team’s starting quarterback role during the off-season.
“So how do you make two guys happy that are that competitive? That is a tough part and neither one of those guys want the job handed to them, they want to compete for it,” Munchak said on Thursday. “We’ll try and do the best we can and in May, June and in training camp, we’ll put them in a situation where they are competing and hopefully it will be obvious who should be the best guy to lead the team because you don’t want the quarterback question to be going on every week. ‘Who’s the guy? Who’s the guy?’.
“We are hoping they can compete and things will work out.”
Hasselbeck started all 16 games, completing 61.6 percent of 518 pass attempts for 3,571 yards with 18 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. Locker appeared in five games, completing 34-of-66 pass attempts for 542 yards with four touchdowns and zero interceptions, adding 56 yards and a touchdown on the ground.