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Collins wants to return to Titans ... to start

Posted on: June 19, 2011 1:00 pm
 
Posted by Ryan Wilson

Here's the deal: Kerry Collins would like to return to the Titans in 2011. We know this because he's said it before, more than once. Collins mentioned it last week, and again Saturday, this time with one qualification. Via the twitter feed of the Tennessean's Jim Wyatt:

"Kerry Collins reiterates he'd like to return to Titans next year but made it clear he'd like to be starter, not a backup."

There's a huge difference between, "Yeah, I'd love to come back" and "Yeah, I'd love to come back … as a starter." Especially when the Titans drafted their most recent quarterback of the future, Jake Locker. There's also this: Tennessee guard Jake Scott said last month that Collins could decide to walk away from football, rather than play the role of Locker's "nursemaid."

But Titans general manager Mike Reinfeldt has said from the beginning that the Titans won't rush Locker and that they'd pursue a veteran quarterback. That could mean giving Collins a legitimate chance to compete for the starting gig, or bringing in another veteran like Matt Hasselbeck. Or, if the lockout is resolved in the coming weeks and Locker plays lights during training camp, he very well could begin the season under center.

If Reinfeldt and new coach Mike Munchak are making a pros and cons list for possible veteran QBs to bridge the gap to Locker, Hasselbeck would have to get a slight edge over Collins. At 35, he's three years younger, and appears to be more amenable to the mentor role at this stage of his career.

You don't get that impression from Collins, who told Wyatt: "(Locker's) a kid who could learn from a guy like me. Hopefully he'd watch what I do and take lessons."

Yes, because that strategy worked so well when the Titans tried it with Vince Young.

(Yes, we know, that had everything to do with Young and nothing to do with Collins. And it's also why Tennessee drafted Locker. But if Locker is the best quarterback in camp, he should win the job. It's not like Collins has to play in order to teach Locker the nuances of the position. Plus, there are worse fates than getting paid a player's salary to be nothing more than a glorified coach.)

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 8, 2012 6:09 am
 

Collins wants to return to Titans ... to start

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Since: Jul 3, 2009
Posted on: June 22, 2011 10:48 am
 

Collins wants to return to Titans ... to start

Collins is done - he needs to come to the realization... which I'm betting Munchak has already....



Since: May 22, 2007
Posted on: June 20, 2011 4:14 pm
 

Collins wants to return to Titans ... to start

Kerry Collins is really too old to be the Titans starter...the need to develop Jake Locker and anything they put in for Collins will not allow for a lot of movement by the aging QB. A backup is one thing, but a starter is really out of the question.



Since: Mar 27, 2007
Posted on: June 20, 2011 8:55 am
 

Bad Fit

It would make no sense to bring back Collins. Any offence you draw up for Collins would be unsuitable for Locker, and vice versus.
You would jave to have two playbooks... one with roll outs, bootlegs and options... and the other with deep seam routes.
Same for the pass protection. The Offensive line needs to know if they are blocking for a mobile QB or a statue.
I'd rather bring in someone like Tyler Thigpen that has a similar skill set to Locker.



Since: May 11, 2007
Posted on: June 19, 2011 4:45 pm
 

Collins wants to return to Titans ... to start

Collins does much better without the starter tag on him. The year they went 14-2 he filled in for the mental midget young, then the next yeasr he was declared the starter, and crumbled.... As usual when he`s the #1 QB.



Since: Oct 29, 2010
Posted on: June 19, 2011 4:12 pm
 

Collins wants to return to Titans ... to start

Collins may have a few gray hairs on his beard but he is a good QB and has lots of experience. This is a positive thing for the Titans and Locker. If the Titans can get some life in their defense, Collins could take them to the playoffs. If the season goes poorly, Locker could still learn from Collins and start in the second half. Collins is not the Titans main problem. Also comparing Locker to Young is a huge stretch.



Since: Sep 3, 2007
Posted on: June 19, 2011 3:07 pm
 

Collins wants to return to Titans ... to start

They can't have Matt he needs to come back to Seattle. I could not think of a better mentor for our next QB.


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