Locker looked good in relief work in Atlanta, but he was a changeup for the Falcons to defend at a point where the game was already just about out of reach. Sure, I’m interested in the quarterback’s progress and I know he’s the future.
But Matt Hasselbeck’s been the Titans' MVP through 10 games in the eyes of Mike Munchak and in my view too. He’s got a sore forearm and elbow and is unlikely to practice Wednesday, Munchak said Monday. The team will likely not have a real accurate sense of whether he will be able to play Sunday against Tampa Bay until Friday.
In the loss to the Falcons at the Georgia Dome, Hasselbeck didn’t break the wrong way on a play that turned into an interception, Lavelle Hawkins did. He didn’t turn 12 carries into 13 yards, Chris Johnson did. He didn’t allow Matt Ryan to find targets with no one pressuring him, the defensive line did. He didn’t allow Roddy White and Tony Gonzalez to find open spots in the second level of the Titans’ defense, the linebackers and secondary did.
Bigger picture, to, Hasselbeck’s has little to do with the Titans’ major issues.