Munchak Defusing Quarterback Questions
Through two and a half quarters of play yesterday, the Tennessee Titans were having a day to forget. The running game was once again getting shut down by the Falcons defense, and Matt Hasselbeck was 13 for 25 for 124 yards and an interception. When Hasselbeck was taken out of the game with a sprained elbow, however, rookie quarterback Jake Locker came in and went 9 for 19 for 140 yards and two touchdowns. Despite the spark he provided to the offense, head coach Mike Munchak was clear about things going forward, “If Matt is fine, he is the quarterback,’’ Munchak said. “There is no doubt about that.” Locker had accuracy problems, but the element that he brought to the Titans offense is some semblance of a run threat that is lacking with Hasselbeck sharing the backfield with Chris Johnson who had 12 carries for 13 yards yesterday. Any time that your lead back gets 1.1 yards per carry, it helps immensely to have a mobile quarterback to keep defenses on their toes.