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Boclair: Bringing In Matt Hasselbeck Not the Right Call

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NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 06:  Matt Hasselbeck #8 of the Tennessee Titans runs with the ball during the NFL game against the Cincinnati Bengals at LP Field on November 6, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 06: Matt Hasselbeck #8 of the Tennessee Titans runs with the ball during the NFL game against the Cincinnati Bengals at LP Field on November 6, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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David Boclair wrote a very good article yesterday re-visiting the Tennessee Titans offseason decision to bring in Matt Hasselbeck. As he points out in the article, Hasselbeck is not the problem with this team at all, but looking at the success that guys like Cam Newton and Andy Dalton have had, it is impossible not to wonder if Jake Locker could have done the same thing.

Now a couple of important points to that:

1. I am not saying that it is time for them to start Locker. I will have more on that later today, but the short version is that putting Locker in right now is the worst thing they could possibly do.

2. As Boclair says, the only thing that would have made starting Locker the right call from the beginning would have been to add a playmaking receiver to the mix (which they should have done even when the brought Hasselbeck in, but that is not what we are talking about right now).

I think in the long run giving Locker a season or two to learn under Hasselbeck is going to be the best thing for his career. So if you are looking long term, they made the right call. If you are just talking about this year, it is hard to look at the schedule and think Locker would have been much worse than 4-4 at this point.