“We are hoping it gets easier,” coach Mike Munchak said of QB Jake Locker, the eighth overall pick of the 2011 draft. “There is a lot of stress on a quarterback. But when you can run the football like we are hoping we can do with the changes we’ve made there, then that takes pressure off him. We have receivers we’re hoping could stretch the field and do things — go up and catch a tough ball and go up and make plays when the ball is not perfectly thrown every time.
“Two years ago, we made the decision on a quarterback that we felt was going to lead this team to the Super Bowl. Now, it’s up to us to surround him with people that can help him do that. I think we are doing that. … Obviously he’s excited, but he understands that there is a lot on him, too. He needs to have a good year and he’s doing everything he can to do that.”