Titan QB surviving in AFC South
Posted: Friday, November 18, 2011 7:01 pm
By TERESA M. WALKER
AP Sports Writer
NASHVILLE (AP) — Peyton Manning has yet to do more than watch from the sideline for Indianapolis. Rookie Blaine Gabbert is the starter in Jacksonville.
And now Matt Schaub is out, possibly for the season, in Houston.
That leaves veteran Matt Hasselbeck in Tennessee the last veteran starting at quarterback in the AFC South. Could that be the difference for the Titans in a division they have won only twice, last time in 2008?
Coach Mike Munchak will only say the Titans are happy that Hasselbeck is playing well. The Titans made signing the veteran for his 13th season their first priority after the NFL lockout ended in July. Now Hasselbeck is having one of his best seasons yet with the Titans (5-4), a game and a half behind the Houston Texans in the AFC South.
“All that matters to us is that we play well Sunday, or it won’t matter who is playing for what team if we don’t win football games,” Munchak said.
The Titans visit Atlanta (5-4) on Sunday with a win closing the gap on idle Houston.
Hasselbeck needs 188 yards to reach 32,000 yards passing for his career. The man who doesn’t get credit for the year he spent on the Green Bay practice squad in 1998 has thrown for 2,233 yards with 14 touchdowns and only seven interceptions. He ranks behind Tom Brady of New England, Schaub and Pittsburgh’s Ben Roethlisberger in the AFC with an 89.1 passer rating.
Published in The Messenger 11.18.11