- Paul Kuharsky, ESPN Staff Writer
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A team with a major leadership void targeted a player it believes will be a settling force.
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.
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.