Originally posted on This Given Sunday  |  Last updated 5/30/12

This offseason has been highlighted by quarterback competitions as well as the coming of new eras around the league. Robert Griffin III will take over as the Redskins' starter, Andrew Luck will be the field commander in Indianapolis. The Seahawks are gearing up for a three way quarterback competition, the Jaguars will be deciding between Blaine Gabbert and Chad Henne, and the Browns will be deciding between Colt McCoy and Brandon Weeden. There seems to be one quarterback battle in Tennessee that's being overlooked.

The Titans are nearing an important decision that will shape their 2012 campaign. The team believes it is a playoff caliber team, and because of this, they're interested in the here and now, not two years from now. Matt Hasselbeck is their veteran quarterback. He's the "been there done that" guy, and he represents a solid starter who can manage the game without getting in over his head. Jake Locker represents the future, and potentially the present as well.

The decision for head coach Mike Munchak is not a simple one. Jake Locker will almost certainly have some growing pains is he's selected as the starting quarterback in Tennessee. In this league, young starters' growing pains often result in a few losses that the team would have won with a seasoned veteran. That being said, those growing pains have to come eventually, and postponing the beginning of the Jake Locker era just pushes those mistakes off until a later date.

John Glennon of the Tennessean spoke with Titans offensive coordinator Chris Palmer on Thursday, and according to Palmer, there's no set timetable for determining a starting quarterback for the Titans. Palmer also told Glennon that the competition would help Hasselbeck, and to a greater extent, Locker in becoming better quarterbacks.

"Just like anything, it’s competition. I always felt when I played squash or tennis, when I played someone that was better than me I raised my game. I think it’s good and I think it’s fun. The thing that is really good is that both guys get along and I think that opens up the competition. I think both will grow and accept it for what it is." -Chris Palmer, Titans offensive coordinator

The Titans will have to pick a starter at some point, but they're taking the right approach. At this point, both quarterbacks understand that this is Jake Locker's team moving forward, but Hasselbeck won't roll over and make Munchak's decision an easy one. Jake Locker will continue to grow in 2012 regardless of whether he's starting or backing up Hasselbeck. The decision will come, but we're still months away from that time.

[follow]

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines, Ivan Rodriguez elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

Brad Marchand believes NHL players would accept gay teammate

Report: Falcons coaches told Shanahan is 49ers' new coach

Report: Members of Knicks want to part ways with Anthony

Bryce Harper prods Nationals over offseason activity

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Blake Griffin to produce ‘White Man Can’t Jump’ remake

Report: Hawks and Pelicans talked Dwight Howard trade

Joel Embiid’s minute limit will be enforced for rest of season

Man U to bring on full-time counter-terrorism officer

Durant: Harden could have thrived as Thunder's sixth man

President Obama pardons Willie McCovey in tax evasion case

TailGreater: Picking the conference champions by their signature cocktails

Clarification Please: Why college basketball needs to ditch the possession arrow

NBA hotline bling: Derrick Rose gets disconnected

Box Score 1/18: Trying to stay Melo in New York

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

The 'What's a Romo worth these days anyway?' quiz

Melo out: How the Knicks can move on from their superstar

Was Jack Capuano the right person to blame for Isles' woes?

Box Score 1/17: LeBron goes boom

Ten NBA players who need a change of scenery

The 2017 Baseball Hall of Fame Ballot, Part 1

The week in NFL news as explained by Heart

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

TailGreater: Picking the conference champions by their signature cocktails

The 'What's a Romo worth these days anyway?' quiz

Clarification Please: Why college basketball needs to ditch the possession arrow

QUIZ: Name every NCAA men's and women's basketball team with perfect regular seasons

NBA hotline bling: Derrick Rose gets disconnected

Melo out: How the Knicks can move on from their superstar

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

QUIZ: Name the quarterbacks drafted in the 2003 NFL draft ahead of Tony Romo

The 2017 Baseball Hall of Fame Ballot, Part 1

The week in NFL news as explained by Heart

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker