Zach Mettenberger looks to be Titans week one starter
Since 2006, when quarterback Steve McNair was traded to the Baltimore Ravens for a fourth round pick, the Tennessee Titans have had seven starting quarterbacks. Including players like Vince Young, Kerry Collins, Jake Locker and Ryan Fitzpatrick, the Titans quarterback position has been questionable at best since McNair left the team. With Jake Locker the favorite to win the 2014 starting quarterback position, the Titans sixth round draft pick says he is working hard to become the team’s starter by week one.
While speaking with SiriusXM NFL Radio, former LSU quarterback and Titans sixth round draft pick Zach Mettenberger says he wants to take over the starting position by week one.
“I’m going to make Jake work that much harder, make Charlie [Whitehurst] work that much harder, cause I’m coming everyday. And I’m bringing my best effort and my hardest work to the facility everyday to show that I shot be the guy playing,” Mettenberger said.
Mettenberger isn’t trying to start a quarterback controversy but instead admits he is simply doing his job by planning to be the team’s starter.
“I think that’s the approach any guy worth his salt has,” Mettenberger said. “You’re not only thinking about the short team, but you also have a long-term view of yourself as a player and a person. We don’t play this game to ride the bench, you don’t play this game to just get a paycheck – at least the good ones don’t. You play this game because you love it, you love competing, and you wanna play. That’s what I’m doing.”
Mettenberger is not likely to beat out Locker by week one. But, Locker has struggled in his two seasons as the team’s starter and has allowed another quarterback to take over in back-to-back seasons.
Whether through injury or through bad play, Mettenberger has the chance to eventually start for the Titans in 2014.