Many Titans fans are clamoring for a new quarterback in Tennessee, but is there a QB better than Jake Locker?
The case for Locker:
Locker was one of the biggest QB surprises at the front of the 2013 season, and he even piloted the Titans to a 3-1 record before his injury. After his first five games:
-His 8:1 TD to interception ratio was the best among QBs that had thrown more than 100 attempts.
-Locker was the only quarterback in the NFL to have eight or more touchdowns in less than 190 attempts.
-Despite being injured twice, Locker averaged seven yards per rush or higher since his rookie year. In those first five games, Locker was one of three quarterbacks with at least seven YPC and 15 rushing attempts.
Those stats are nothing to scoff at, and he looked like a brand new quarterback, however...
The case against Locker:
The biggest question with Jake Locker at this point, is can he stay healthy. I firmly believe that if he was healthy the Titans would have posted a 9-7 season or better and would have made the playoffs. However, if the best ability is availability then you have to hold that against the former Washington quarterback.
He also has an option coming up that would make him the highest paid player on the Titans team in 2015, and even if he has a great year there will be a big debate on whether he warrants upwards of $12 million.
So who else is available:
Well this is the question. On one hand, the Titans are likely to have their chance at the fourth best QB in the draft whether that means Teddy Bridgewater, Blake Bortles, Johnny Manziel, or Derek Carr. Is that level of player going to be better than Jake Locker? More importantly, is a player of that caliber going to be better than Jake Locker and whoever else the Titans would draft with the 11th pick? I don't think so.
Then again you could look towards free agency, but with Jay Cutler gone the options are slim. The best option is 35 year old Josh McCown who largely looked good because of the system the Bears use. That doesn't seem like the best choice to me, and it certainly isn't the future of the organization.
No, there isn't an easy fix here for Tennessee. The Titans could look to add a player later in the draft and coach him up. For example a player most were high on in 2012 that has fallen out of grace like Tajh Boyd could be a nice reclamation project in round five or later. Also, injured or "limited" players like Zach Mettenberger, A.J. McCarron, and Aaron Murray could all be nice value picks late in the draft but they won't be immediate upgrades to Locker.