Grant Gunderson, cover32’s Jacksonville Jaguars managing editor, wrote a quick piece about the top 10 quarterback controversies of 2014 over at his subsite.
In his post, Gunderson mentioned the Tennessee Titans’ quarterback battle between Jake Locker and Zach Mettenberger as No. 9 on the list.
Only, there’s no quarterback controversy. None. Locker has the job. If he’s injured or something unforeseen happens, maybe Metteneberger gets a shot. Not even that is guaranteed.
Throughout his post, Gunderson takes shots at Locker, saying he, “hasn’t done much but imitate Blaine Gabbert and throw interceptions while getting sacked play after play.”
“The Titans decided not to pick-up the fifth-year option on Jake Locker’s contract for a reason, he isn’t any better than Gabbert and they are starting to realize such.”
“Unfortunately for Tennessee, I think Locker starts here.”
Locker has imitated Blaine Gabbert?
Locker’s sack percent numbers are significantly lower other than 2012, where the Tennessee quarterback was injured off and on throughout the season. The offensive line was also bad enough to get four new starter-potential lineman in two years.
Last season was the biggest jump though. Locker had a huge first couple games before injuring his hip, returning early and suffering a season-ending foot injury.
The two quarterbacks have gone in opposite directions despite Locker playing under three different offensive coordinators in four seasons.
Tennessee didn’t pick up the fifth-year option because Locker isn’t the guy. The Titans didn’t because they want to see him get through a season healthy. The same can’t be said for Gabbert.