Steve Wyche all of NFL Network asked Titans HC Mike Munchak if QB Jake Locker would be benched for Matthew Hasselbeck for any reason other than an injury.
“Probably not,” Munchak said before eventually adding this caveat: “Unless there’s a reason to make a change.”
Careful inspection of Munchak’s words hint that the endorsement of Locker isn’t entirely unequivocal.
“I think we know Jake’s gonna have some ups and downs, as any quarterback does in the NFL,” Munchak said. “Being a young guy he’ll have some. But he’s shown us when he’s had a bad day or bad throw he’s come back in that same game and made better decisions and made plays. So I think in this situation we’re very confident in him. We feel he’s won the position and he’s ready to go. So, no, we definitely would hang with him unless there was like you said probably an injury situation.”
Whenever there's a competition in camp, the winner is typically less secure than someone who opens camp as the unequivocal starter. Locker should make enough plays and win enough games to keep the job, but there's always a chance that he falls on his face and the Titans start 0-4 or 0-5, in which case they may turn back to Hasselbeck to try to save their season.