Locker Should Be Titans' Starter and Other Must-Reads from Around the AFC South

Nate Dunlevy@NateDunlevyGuest ColumnistOctober 16, 2012

Hasselbeck's play was gritty, but I wouldn't call it good.
Hasselbeck's play was gritty, but I wouldn't call it good.Frederick Breedon/Getty Images

There is no cause for a controversy.

Today's article of the day comes from David Boclair of The City Paper, who says the Titans' win creates a something of a dispute about who should be the starting quarterback in Tennessee once Jake Locker is fully healthy.

Allow me to endorse Boclair's position.

The right answer, the only answer, is Locker.

Matt Hasselbeck played well in spots against Pittsburgh, but it was not an impressive performance. The Titans posted two offensive touchdowns and four field-goal drives, but one of the touchdown drives started at the 1-yard line after a blocked punt.

Yes, the Titans won, but Hasselbeck's game-winning drive was hardly Montana to Taylor after 90 yards. Tennessee started at the 44-yard line with timeouts left.

The vast majority of NFL quarterbacks would lead that drive.

Locker has played well when healthy, and just as Hasselbeck wasn't the reason the Titans won in Week 6, Locker wasn't the reason they lost early in the year.

The better quarterback should start, and there's no evidence Hasselbeck is that guy.

When Locker is healthy, Locker should start. He's the best option regardless of whether the Titans are thinking about the short or the long term.


General Interest

Chase Stuart of Football Perspective examines when teams should go for two.

Jason Lisk of The Big Lead says the AFC is a mess.


Houston Texans

Pete Prisco of CBS Sports thinks the Texans covered defensive holes with the play of J.J. Watt.

John McClain of the Houston Chronicle says Tim Jamison is out for the year with an Achilles injury.

McClain says the Texans have no time to stew.

Randy Harvey of the Houston Chronicle says the team leaders face a challenge.


Indianapolis Colts

Mike Chappell of the  Indianapolis Star says the Colts are eager to move on from the Jets game.

Zak Keefer and Mark Alesia of the Indianapolis Star break down the Jets' first score.

Phil Richards of the Indianapolis Star posts a notebook.


Tennessee Titans

Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean says the Titans are still in the hunt.

John Glennon of The Tennessean writes that the Titans were interested in Mario Williams.


Jacksonville Jaguars

Vito Stellino of The Florida Times-Union says Daryl Smith could be back this week.

Ryan O'Halloran of The Florida Times-Union posts a notebook.