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How does Locker respond to mistakes?

8/8/2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Out of Thursday's practice, I detailed what I thought was a disastrous play for the Tennessee Titans:

(Jake) Locker made a terrible red zone throw for Washington. Cornerback Jason McCourty was trailing Washington cutting left to right across the front of the end zone, and the pass was well behind McCourty, who couldn't get his hands back for it. It bounced off his shoulder and Bernard Pollard plucked it out of the air for a pick. Perhaps the worst decision and throw combination of camp for Locker.

There have been a lot of practices where I thought Locker did well, with the exception of one big mistake or two. Too often, those mistakes are the sort that could be game-killers.

Obviously it's unlikely any quarterback plays near-perfect with any regularity. And one of the things the Titans loved about Locker when they brought him in was his resiliency. Mike Munchak routinely talked of Locker's ability to forget something bad and rebound going forward without letting it affect him.

I certainly still see that in Locker.

This week, I asked him about how he views a play like the one I outlined above when practice is over and he had a chance to review it and break it down.

"It's an opportunity to go back and look at the film and see what you can learn from it and improve," Locker said. "I think you're able to take more away sometimes when you don't execute the play correctly and then you have the opportunity to learn from it. So that's what practice is all about."

Not repeating the same mistakes is certainly a huge goal, and both Ken Whisenhunt and Locker think he's done well avoiding that.

"The goal is to play perfect football; it's really challenging to do," Locker said. "But it's not to repeat the same mistakes that you made before. It means you're learning from them and you're developing as a player."