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The Titans are finally using Jake Locker's legs

A series of tweets and stories imply that the Titans really have made an offense shift.


Since the start of OTA's there have been some tweets and comments by fellow writers that seem to suggest that Jake Locker has been seeing a simplified offensive playbook that involves him using his legs a lot more often. I narrowed them down to the two comments that I think are most interesting if you are dreaming of a season when the Titans finally use Jake Locker's greatest strength.

This quote is from Paul Kuharsky who was commenting on the Titans' OTA offense.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Hear the <a href="">#Titans</a> offense looks a lot different/better at this point when Delanie Walker is on the field. Knee issue kept him out today.</p>&mdash; Paul Kuharsky (@espn_afcsouth) <a href="">May 31, 2013</a></blockquote>
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This quote indicates that TE Delanie Walker has a big part in the offense. That leads me to believe that the Titans are using an offense hinging on TE-release pass routes and seal blocks. This would explain why the Titans were anxious to grab a TE that could actually block, unlike some TEs *cough* COOK *cough*.

An offense like this usually uses naked PA bootlegs and that involve the quarterback making the decision to go for the pass or run, whichever provides the easiest yards. This will also kill defenses that aren't disciplined by exploiting their miscues.

This is a quote from the Tennessean's Jim Wyatt

"Quarterback Jake Locker isn’t being held back following offseason shoulder surgery. He was turned loose on Friday and looked good for the most part. Linebacker Tim Shaw intercepted Locker early in 7-on-7 drills, and one of the quarterback’s deep passes was underthrown. But he also made some nice throws, including some on the run"

That last statement "including some on the run" is very interesting. I'm not 100% sure, but I don't think that coaches use 7-on-7s to bring pressure on quarterbacks. If that is true then that suggest that Locker was running by design not pressure, which implies a roll out or a bootleg scenario.

I think this is a great development and the more that the Titans use Jake Locker as a "moving piece" rather than a "fixed piece" the better chance the Titans have of catching opponents off guard, and the more often that happens the easier it will be for CJ to gash them in the running game. Win-win.