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Here's why Titans interested in Hasselbeck

Posted on: July 26, 2011 2:58 pm
Edited on: July 26, 2011 5:22 pm
My colleague Pete Prisco is confused by (no, make that opposed to) Tennessee's apparent interest in free-agent quarterback Matt Hasselbeck. Hasselbeck turns 36 in September, injuries forced him to missed games the last three seasons and the Titans just invested a first-round pick -- the eighth overall -- in Jake Locker.

But Locker will need a mentor, and Hasselbeck could be the perfect teacher. He is smart. He is patient. And he not only has playoff credentials, but Super Bowl credentials.

But here's a better reason for the Titans' interest: "Virtually everyone in that front office has a Seattle connection," a GM told me. "They're hoping Hasselbeck can start one year, and Locker can get a season of learning under his cap." OK, so not "virtually everyone" in the front office has a Seattle pedigree. But the movers and shakers do. Executive VP and GM Mike Reinfeldt was with the Seahawks from 1999-2006, while Ruston Webster -- the team's vice president of player personnel -- spent four seasons with the Seahawks before leaving to join the Titans.

Guaranteed, they have a lot to do with the Titans' interest in Hasselbeck. They know how Hasselbeck operates when he has support, particularly a running game, and they know how effective he can be when healthy.

No question, Pete is right to bring up Hasselbeck's diminishing statistics -- he hasn't thrown more touchdowns than interceptions in each of the past three seasons -- but look what happened in last year's playoffs. The guy was unconscious, throwing seven touchdowns, with one interception, a 102.4 passer rating and a playoff upset of defending Super Bowl champion New Orleans.

Sure, Hasselbeck's age is a factor, but having Chris Johnson in the same backfield no doubt takes some of the heat off the Titans' next quarterback. If Hasselbeck is that guy, he won't have to carry the offense as he did after Shawn Alexander left Seattle -- and, maybe, just maybe, he has a chance to keep Locker on the bench.

Me? I'm with Pete. I don't think the Titans will be very good this season. In fact, I think they could be very bad. And the only thing that's worse than stinking up the joint is stinking up the joint with old players; stink it up with new guys. Meaning? Meaning hand Locker the football.

Category: NFL

Since: Nov 1, 2010
Posted on: July 27, 2011 1:19 am

Here's why Titans interested in Hasselbeck

I see. So our ties to Seatle are why we suck every year? Looks like a draft pick year for us.

Since: Jun 1, 2009
Posted on: July 26, 2011 11:51 pm

Here's why Titans interested in Hasselbeck

Matt Hasselbeck?  The Titans might as well kick the tires and find out if Warren Moon has anything left in the tank.  There's no question that Matt Hasselbeck would be an upgrade over Vince Young.  Vince Young couldn't hit the inside of an elevator if he were trapped inside an elevator.  The problem is, Hasselbeck is injury prone and has been inconsistent over the last few years.  That's not exactly how I'd like to see Tennessee bridge the gap to Jake Locker. 

My only question is very simple.  Why would Matt Hasselbeck want to come to Tennessee?  It has been rumored that Chris Johnson wants to hold out for more money and Kenny Britt is shaping up to be a tall Pacman Jones with the multiple legal issues.  All in all, this is shaping up to be a typical Titans year!

Since: Sep 18, 2007
Posted on: July 26, 2011 11:40 pm

Here's why Titans interested in Hasselbeck

Cuda, Locker is that same kinda guy as Tebow, literally, great character, morals, athletisism and strong arm. The only things that Locker had that Tebow didn't during college was a waining football program and crappy coach for three years. If Coach Sarkanian was at UW four years ago, Locker would have been in last years NFL draft as the legitmate #1, Like so many pundits and analysts had him pegged to be. He is the real deal and when you see him get it going, you will see why so many were so high on him last year. It's tough to throw without protection and targets.

Since: Oct 11, 2007
Posted on: July 26, 2011 6:12 pm

Here's why Titans interested in Hasselbeck

David Carr and Carson Palmer are not exactly the only QBs to point to in the argument of whether a QB should start straight out of college. There are many who had successful rookie seasons as starters and many guys who didn't start right away that never turned into anything. Matt Ryan did pretty well starting right out of the box, as did Sam Bradford and, to a lesser extent, Mark Sanchez. Brady Quinn sat as a rookie and still hasn't done anything. There are many variables to consider, not least of which is the strength of the supporting cast (especially the OL).

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: July 26, 2011 5:38 pm

Here's why Titans interested in Hasselbeck

Bad idea to start Locker immediately. The Bengals did it right with Carson Palmer. They let Jon Kitna run the team for one year, then handed Palmer the keys. Houston showed the example of what not to do by ruining David Carr. Signing Hasselbeck is a savvy move for the Titans.

Since: Oct 24, 2007
Posted on: July 26, 2011 5:28 pm

Here's why Titans interested in Hasselbeck

Locker has never had a veteran mentor.  He started his Freshman season at UW and the rest of his career thereafter was on the job training.  Giving him a year to work with Hasselbeck is exactly what he needs and would be a great long-term investment for the Titans.

Since: Nov 1, 2006
Posted on: July 26, 2011 3:52 pm

Here's why Titans interested in Hasselbeck

If I were John Elway or Brian Xanders, I would do this trade with the Broncos getting a couple of footballs in return.

It's a win-win.

Since: Aug 10, 2008
Posted on: July 26, 2011 3:35 pm

Here's why Titans interested in Hasselbeck

The Titans should trade for Tim Tebow, the greatest player in football history.  He "wants it" more than anyone and will be the "hardest worker" on the team, plus he's a "good guy" and has "leadership" skills.  Timmy the Titan!

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