Talk of training camp battles is starting to heat up and the Jake Locker vs. Matt Hasselbeck debate is being talked about around the NFL. Jake Locker, the eighth overall pick in the 2011 draft, didn't start any games last year, but impressed us all when Matt Hasselbeck struggled due to injury. Concerns about Locker's inaccuracy were proven to be true, but the spark Jake Locker gave the Titans offense was incredible and he needs to be named the starting quarterback.
I always hear the Brett Favre/Aaron Rodgers situation as an argument for why Hasselback to start. People argue that Aaron Rodgers had concerns about his mechanics and Brett Favre mentored Rodgers to get better. My response to that is Matt Hasselbeck is nowhere near the same level as Brett Favre, so saying to look at the Aaron Rodgers situation is pointless. The Green Bay Packers were Super Bowl contenders with Brett Favre which is why Favre was still starting at that time. The Packers were waiting to start Aaron Rodgers until the Packers were no longer Super Bowl contenders. Yes, the Packers did help Rodgers clean up mechanics while he was on the bench, but who's to say the Titans can't do that while Locker's starting?
Another argument I hear is we need to make sure Locker doesn't fall on his face like Blaine Gabbert. People don't take into account that Gabbert didn't succeed because of a lack of a receiving corps around him. It's not that he wasn't ready for the job. If a quarterback cannot win games in this league, nothing is going to change that. Andy Dalton was originally going to sit behind Carson Palmer until Palmer retired. After Palmer didn't want to play, Dalton took over and did a pretty good job in his rookie season and let's not forget Dalton was a second round pick.
My gut feeling is that the Titans will start Hasselbeck and Locker will take over after an ugly start.. They won't want to take a risk on a young Locker that showed great promise in 2012. But maybe they'll take a chance on Jake Locker.
What do you guys think? Leave me some interesting comments and convince me why I'm right or wrong.