Matt Hasselbeck: Why He Gives the Titans a Better Chance to Win Now Than Locker

Brandon AlisogluCorrespondent IOctober 12, 2012

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - OCTOBER 7: Matt Hasselbeck #8 of the Tennessee Titans looks to pass the football during the game against the Minnesota Vikings on October 7, 2012 at Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
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The numbers dictate that the Tennessee Titans should be better off with Jake Locker than Matt Hasselbeck. However, that isn't the case.

This year, Locker has posted a higher completion percentage, out-performed Hasselbeck by almost two yards in average per attempt and has garnered a quarterback rating that is almost 17 points higher.

Yet, Hasselbeck has just as many wins in the same number of starts and his win came against stiffer competition.

Confused? Don't worry, you're not alone.

So let's check out the reasons why Hasselbeck gives the Titans a better chance to win right now.



Hasselbeck has been the quarterback of a team that has been to the Super Bowl. He's had the cojones to tell the referee, and the public, that his Seattle Seahawks were going to take the ball and score in overtime at Lambeau.

These things matter. When a big moment arises, Hasselbeck isn't going to be scared. He won't always deliver on his promises, but against the Pittsburgh Steelers, he did exactly what he previously stated.


The Titans Believe In Him

You can see the difference in the way the team plays when Hasselbeck is under center.

The offensive line seems to block a little better. Chris Johnson actually will turn up the field at the sight of contact and get whatever yards he can.

All of this goes back towards the point of experience. The Tennessee players know that they can rely on their quarterback so he can get that little extra out of them.


Defenses Are Scared of Hasselbeck

Very few defensive players would have known who Jake Locker was before he was drafted. Even afterwards, it's likely that the bulk of NFL players didn't know who he was considering he toiled away for the Washington Huskies.

Again, everything relates back to experience. Defenses have seen Hasselbeck win games and are therefore nervous about he can can do. That opens up lanes for Johnson to run and generally diminishes the confidence of the defense as a whole.

When they're facing an unproven player like Locker, there isn't any fear. NFL players, unlike the rest of the human race, do not fear the unknown.


The future is Locker. The present is Hasselbeck. Good luck walking that tightrope Tennessee.