Wednesday, September 18, 2013
QB Watch: Titans' Jake Locker
By Paul Kuharsky
A weekly analysis of the Titans' quarterback play:
Rewind: Jake Locker and the Titans' offense stalled out far too frequently against the Texans, who’ve got a good defense that can and did swarm the quarterback. He was sacked four times and hit three more. The Titans went three-and-out on half their possessions and had trouble flipping the field. Locker threw two touchdowns and led an impressive 99-yard scoring drive. But on a crucial third-and-1 late, he threw an uncatchable high ball to a wide open Kenny Britt.
Fast-forward: The Chargers have the league’s worst pass defense through two games. Getting Locker on the move has been a goal of Dowell Loggains as he put together a new playbook. The Chargers run a base 3-4 defense, and that generally does not invite bootlegs and rollouts. Britt is upset over the degree of his involvement so far, so we’ll have to see how the Titans deploy him and how often Locker looks to him.
Accuracy: It’s not as if Locker is throwing the ball all over the park. But he threw way high to Britt on that very important play and his completion rate is 56 percent after it was 56.4 percent last season.
Prediction: The plan for Locker and the passing offense should find some specific things to attack considering how well the Texans and Eagles have fared throwing against the Chargers. I expect his best yardage of the season, but topping 148 yards shouldn’t, frankly, be that difficult.