The Tennessee Titans named second-year quarterback Jake Locker as their starter on Monday morning.
And owner Bud Adams couldn’t be more thrilled. Adams, after all, thinks Locker is pretty stellar. And a better quarterback for Tennessee than Peyton Manning.
Yep. That’s not a misprint.
In a blog post written by Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean on Monday, Adams says Locker is “my man.”
Which is all well and good. Until he rabbit hops down a scary trail a little later, when asked about Manning.
“I watched him the other night and he didn’t look so good,” Adams told Wyatt.
So, let’s get this straight. The owner of the Tennessee Titans – who attempted everything in his power to bring Manning to Nashville just mere months ago – is now saying that he didn’t want Manning anyway?
It certainly appears that way.
Um, Mr. Adams, do you remember saying this?
“(Manning) is the man I want. Period. And the people that work for me understand that. They know who I want. I want Mr. Manning with the Titans and I will be disappointed if it doesn’t happen.”
Flash forward a little more than five months, and here’s Adams today, again from the same Tennessean story:
“I’m not sure how (Manning’s) going to do. … I am excited about Locker. I think we made the right decision. We’re going to be just fine with him. That’s my man.”
Nevermind the fact that Locker isn’t off to a spectacular start in the preseason himself.
After Friday’s game against Tampa Bay, where he went just 4-of-11 for 21 yards and an interception, reviews of Locker’s performance were scathing.
“He made poor decisions, was inaccurate and turned the ball over,” wrote Bleacher Report’s Nate Dunleavy.
Titans coach Mike Munchak tried to sugar coat it in nicer fashion.
“The only bad thing was Jake made a bad decision on the one throw,” Munchak told The Tennessean. “He was trying to make a play and probably just should have run the ball. That ended up costing us points, but he came back and had a nice drive of his own. That is what it’s going to be like in this league, a lot of ups and downs, but he did a good job of coming back.”
All that being said, Locker did have a good start in his first preseason game, which got the locals in Nashville excited over the prospects of a young quarterback taking the reigns of a struggling team.
Inconsistency is nothing new for Locker. His college career at Washington was plagued by injuries and inconsistent play.
He was the No. 8 pick overall in the 2011 NFL Draft by the Titans, backing up Matt Hasselbeck, he formerly of the Seattle Seahawks. He saw limited action last season, finishing the year with just five touchdowns – four through the air. Hasselbeck will be Locker’s backup this season.
But apparently inconsistency doesn’t matter. Locker will start Week 1 against the New England Patriots. (Good luck with that, by the way.)
Not when Adams has found his man. At least for five months until he changes his mind again.