With the first preseason game over. I can now start the countdown to the beginning of the new season. During this training camp we are told of a competition for the starting quarterback spot. To me, its over. The future is now start Jake at quarterback.
First, Jake was signed to a four year deal. The Titans need to find out if he is worthy of another deal and is he the quarterback for the next ten years. If not, is he keeping the spot warm for the Titans brass to draft or acquire the next starting qb? Jake showed flashes of brilliance and a rookie learning curve last year. Example, the Saints game. He made a gutsy touchdown scoring run. Also, he made a rookie mistake by not throwing the ball away inside the Saints five yard line as time expired. By naming Jake the starter this year, he can learn through experience. There will be times of brilliance and times the league treats him like a rookie quarterback. I am willing to ride the up and down wave with him knowing he will be better in future. By gaining experience this year the offense will improve season progress and be better in 2013.
Second, I have heard all the revisionist history of last years team. Yes, the Titans were 9-7, and would have made the playoffs if things fell in place to the FOURTH tie breaker. My memory of the 2011 Titans is they were one properly executed two point conversion away from being 8-8. An 8-8 record would have been a more accurate reflection of last years team. A fact that remains last years team was consistent at being inconsistent. An example is the home game against the Cincinnati Bengals. The first half was dominated by the Titans. An inept team appeared in the second half and they lost. It is yet to be determined if this years team will still have the consistency problems of the past. I believe with Jake at the helm at least on the offensive side those issues will be minimized. If a play breaks down in a negative way. Jake is going to make something happen.
Third, Matt Hasselbeck is the professional's professional. I can't think of a better quarterback to mentor Jake through the process as a starting quarterback. Matt was brought here with the understanding one day he would hand over the reins to Jake. Matt with his experience and attitude is the perfect back up for the transition. He can be there on the field when Jake makes the rookie mistake. Teach him how to handle the media when he has had a bad day. Teach him how to be a starting quarterback in the league both on the field and in the classroom. If Jake gets hurt or is not improving, Matt is a experienced veteran to right the ship until Jake is ready to return.
Coach Munchak, the FUTURE IS NOW...... Give Jake the starting quarterback job this season.