The Titans (4-9) season swirled a little deeper down the drain yesterday, falling to the Colts 27-23. Quarterback Jake Locker started the game with an opening drive touchdown pass to Jared Cook and through two quarters, the Titans led 20-7.
Indianapolis (9-4) erased a thirteen point deficit as Locker went 5 for 11 with two interceptions in the second half, including one for a Colts touchdown.
“It’s frustrating but the only thing you can do is to keep working. We just made a lot of little mental mistakes, we had penalties we didn’t have in the first half. We just made some mistakes,” Locker said. “We had turnovers that we didn’t have in the first half and those are things that can be a difference.”
Even though this is only Locker’s eighth start of his career, is it time to start holding him to a higher standard?
Lets take a look at the success of quarterbacks drafted in 2011 and compare.
Cam Newton – (10-19) as a starter - 1st Round - 1st overall
Career completion % - 59.2
37 TDs, 27 INTs – 7,271 yards passing
Jake Locker – (2-6) as a starter - 1st Round- 8th overall
Career completion % - 56.2
13 TDS, 9 INTs – 2,277 yards passing
Blain Gabbert – (5-19) as a starter - 1st Round – 10th overall
Career completion % - 53.8
21 TDs, 17 INTs – 3,876 yards passing
Christian Ponder – (9-14) as a starter - 1st Round – 12th overall
Career completion % - 59.1
27 TDs, 25 INTs – 4,249 yards passing
Andy Dalton – (17-13) as a starter - 2nd Round - 35th overall
Career completion % - 60.6
45 TDs, 27 INTs – 6,584 yards passing
Colin Kaepernick – (3-1-1) as a starter - 2nd Round – 36th overall
Career completion % - 67.2
3 TDs, 1 INT – 1,108 yards passing
You be the judge, does it warrant more time for Locker?
I think so, but it is hard to have that outlook with quarterbacks like Andrew Luck (9-4), RGIII (7-6), and Russell Wilson (8-5) of the 2012 draft class having success right off of the bat.
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