Will Whiz help Locker or Titans move on?

January, 14, 2014
Jan 14
3:16
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Is Ken Whisenhunt in Nashville to help Jake Locker or to help the Tennessee Titans move on from him?

We’ll find out his initial thoughts on the quarterback during Tuesday's introductory news conference at 3:30 CT.

I’ve long said Locker is on the roster in 2014 -- his salary is just over $2 million and it’s guaranteed. It’s not about if he will be with the Titans, it’s about who the team’s other quarterbacks will be this season.

Whisenhunt did great work helping develop Ben Roethlisberger at the start in Pittsburgh. He had great success when Kurt Warner was his QB in Arizona. And he did well in 2013 to help Philip Rivers get back on track.

The track record of developing young guys beyond Big Ben is not good.

Outside of Warner, Whisenhunt started these guys at quarterback with the Cardinals: Derek Anderson, Max Hall, Brian Hoyer, Kevin Kolb, Matt Leinart, Ryan Lindley, John Skelton. These were not guys the Cardinals were able to develop. Perhaps the team misidentified them in the first place.

Will Whisenhunt get two bites at the quarterback apple? I could see him trying things with Locker this year. If that works, they go forward with him. If it doesn’t he gets to turn to a guy the team adds this offseason or next.

So the first question is what he can do with Locker.

The second is who he can help tab as an alternative.

The answers to those two questions over the next year or two will likely be the biggest thing that determines whether Whisenhunt is a success in his second turn as an NFL head coach.

Paul Kuharsky | email

ESPN Tennessee Titans reporter

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