Tennessee Titans coaches alternated quarterbacks Matt Hasselbeck and Jake Locker between the first and second units, sometimes even within a series.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee Titans coach Mike Munchak has promised he will mix things up regarding practice reps for positions where there is open competition.
Munchak was true to his word Saturday in the first practice session — alternating quarterbacks Matt Hasselbeck and Jake Locker between the first and second units, sometimes even within a series.
“We think that’s the best way to do it, for them to compete that way, to avoid a lot of things,” Munchak said. “Avoid looking at the script beforehand, knowing what plays you are going to get, knowing who you are working with.”
Hasselbeck, 36, was the Seahawks’ quarterback from 2001 through the 2010 season.
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Locker, 24, was a standout for the Washington Huskies and Ferndale High School.
Locker said he wants to show the coaching staff the offense “wouldn’t be too big for me.”
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