Browns Vs Titans: 5 Reasons for Optimism

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Sep 21, 2014; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Tennessee Titans quarterback Jake Locker (10) is sacked by Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Darqueze Dennard (21) at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals won 33-7. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

Jake Locker

The Titans are likely to start Locker this week. He gives them the best chance for a win. That is a big reason for the Browns to be optimistic. Locker has shown very short, small flashes of the talent that made him a high first round pick. Locker was out last week with a right wrist injury, not a good thing for a right-handed quarterback.

Locker has been turnover prone, drops his reads too quickly and overall has struggled grasping the NFL passing concepts. Whisenhunt is a QB guru but so far Locker’s performance hasn’t shown much and doesn’t fit Whisenhunt’s style of drop back pocket passer. We all know how trying to fit a square peg in a round hole tends to work out.

For the season Locker is completing 56% of his passes with 3 TDs and 4 INTs. He tends to hold on to the ball which has led to him being sacked 8 times even though the strength of the Titans is their offensive line. Locker has had some success running the ball but that is a blessing and a curse for him and the team. While he is able to be successful it also means he drops his eyes and looks to run far to early in his progressions. The Browns creative pass rush could give him fits but leaving someone to spy a bit on him could be beneficial.

Either way for the first time this season the Browns don’t have to worry about a dominate quarterback.