Hasselbeck the right move for the Titans

July, 27, 2011
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A team with a major leadership void targeted a player it believes will be a settling force.

Adam Schefter reports that the Titans have landed veteran quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, who will be expected to be the first starting quarterback of the Mike Munchak regime in Tennessee.

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Otto Greule Jr./Getty ImagesMatt Hasselbeck agreed to terms on a deal with the Tennessee Titans.
Hasselbeck is unquestionably a good fit in the intangibles department. He has a reputation as a stand-up guy with an even temper as well as a work ethic and a sense of humor. He’s ideal in that regard as the Titans look for someone for the offense to follow and a mentor for Jake Locker, the eighth pick in the draft.

He has pre-existing relationships with general manager Mike Reinfeldt, offensive coordinator Chris Palmer and Locker.

He will be 36 in September, though. He’s been banged-up and is coming off a mediocre season in which he threw 17 interceptions and 12 touchdowns and posted a 73.2 passer rating, also absorbing 29 sacks. In two playoff games, his rating was 102.4.

The Titans expect that, behind a line that can protect him well and with running back Chris Johnson lined up behind him as the team’s primary weapon, Hasselbeck will have a better chance of success.

With a limited veteran quarterback market, the Titans have to feel good about this move. Any pressure for Locker to be a quick contributor is gone. A leadership void is filled with a quality guy at the most important position.

Now the team has to make sure that if Johnson holds out, it’s not a long and disruptive absence.

Paul Kuharsky | email

ESPN Tennessee Titans reporter

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