INDIANAPOLIS, IN - DECEMBER 18: Jake Locker #10 of the Tennessee Titans throws a pass during the NFL game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 18, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Mike Munchak is no longer the offensive line coach. He is the head coach, and with that title comes increased responsibility. It was apparent from the first play of the game yesterday that Matt Hasselbeck was not healthy enough to play in that game. It is on Munch to make the evaluation that Hasselbeck is not healthy enough to go and put Jake Locker in the game.
This is not even about benching Haselbeck after a bad series or because Locker has played well in limited action. This is about making the best decision for the team. Munch was right when he said after the game that Hasselbeck was not the problem, but his downright refusal to throw the ball down the field was a problem.
It almost seemed yesterday like they were playing not to lose the game instead of playing to win the game. Hasselbeck, it would seem, is less likely to make the "rookie mistake" and put the Titans in a bad spot. It seemed like Munchak thought that the Titans would eventually do something right and win the game because the Colts are so bad.
The funny thing is that Matt Hasselbeck did make a rookie mistake on the throw that was intercepted in the fourth quarter. He threw up a duck in the middle of the field. That usually doesn't end well for a quarterback in high school, much less the NFL.
There is absolutely no other choice this week than to name Locker the starter, and again, it is because Locker gives this team the best chance to win right now with Hasselbeck being injured. I am going to be extremely disappointed in Munchak if he says anything else this afternoon.