The report says there were questions about Locker's future following another significant injury, this time to his foot. And many questions linger in what has been described as a make or break year in the final season of his contract.
He looked rusty as he limped through workouts in May, but in June he looked significantly better, moving and throwing well. The Titans hope he picks up in July where he left off in June.
The report says "it's now or never for the Titans' quarterback, at least in Tennessee." The Titans would love to see him blossom into the player they thought he could be when they drafted him No. 8 overall in 2011. But they began to line up a contingency plan for beyond 2014 when they drafted LSU's Zach Mettenberger in the sixth round this year.
The team declined to execute Locker’s option for 2015, and he'll be a free agent after this season. He needs to prove himself worthy of a new contract or the Titans will be prepared to go a different direction next season -- or maybe even sooner.
Things are set up for him to succeed with an upgraded coaching staff, a running game that should be better with a committee instead of Chris Johnson’s deteriorating vision, a reshaped defense and what should be a far easier schedule. But plenty of league insiders and outside critics have little faith Locker can be an effective long-term starter on a winning team.
This could be a good thing for Locker as the paper points out ProFootballFocus.com's analysis that Locker was more accurate in the pocket rather than out of it.
"From Day 1, he's worked his butt off from rehabilitation of his foot to jumping in the playbook to how he's gone about his preparation on the field," Michael said. "It's been a frustrating go at times with his foot, but he's never shown it. He's a poised man. I'm excited about working with him. He does some good things that we've already seen."
The paper previously reported that the offense could utilize more shotgun formations for Locker, meaning more passing than what the previous system called for. Whisenhunt has helped Ben Roethlisberger, Kurt Warner and Philip Rivers all improve their play over the course of his coaching career.
|P2||8/15/14||@ NO||8:00 pm|
|P3||8/23/14||@ ATL||7:00 pm|
|1||9/7/14||@ KC||1:00 pm|
|3||9/21/14||@ CIN||1:00 pm|
|4||9/28/14||@ IND||1:00 pm|
|7||10/19/14||@ WAS||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 9|
|10||11/9/14||@ BAL||1:00 pm|
|12||11/23/14||@ PHI||1:00 pm|
|13||11/30/14||@ HOU||1:00 pm|
|16||12/18/14||@ JAC||8:25 pm|
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