Dowell Loggains already has turned the page on Jake Locker’s season.
“I talked to him, kind of had an end-of-season review with him and talked about the things I thought he got better at, the things he needs to continue to work on,” Loggains said Tuesday afternoon.
The Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator has not, however, closed the book on the quarterback’s time with the franchise.
Locker’s season officially ended when he was placed on injured reserve with a foot injury sustained during Sunday’s loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars. It was his third significant health issue in a little more than a year but did nothing to shake the confidence of the man who designed the offense around his strengths.
“Even on the injury this week it’s a one out of a thousand thing that happened,” Loggains said. “It was kind of a fluke deal, and obviously the hip was the same way. It was just awkward, weird, wrong place at the wrong time. I’m not really concerned.
“… Overall, I thought he made a huge stride this year. Especially early on, before he got hurt [the first time], I thought he was going in the right direction and was really excited about the way he was playing. It’s disappointing because I thought he did have a good year and I thought that was going to finish and have a really strong year.”
In seven starts Locker, the eighth overall pick in 2011 completed 60.7 percent of his passes, up from 56.4 last season, and threw twice as many touchdown passes (eight) as interceptions (four). He also scored two rushing touchdowns, which currently is tied with his replacement, Ryan Fitzpatrick, and running back Chris Johnson for the team lead.
Locker has been involved in meetings in advance of Thursday’s game against the Indianapolis Colts at LP Field (7:25 p.m., NFL Network) and the plan is for him to continue to do so for the remainder of the season.
He has one year remaining on his rookie contract and because of his status as a top 10 overall pick the team has options in regard to how, if at all, it proceeds with him. Coach Mike Munchak said discussions of that nature will take place early in the offseason.
“He’s a guy I believe in,” Loggains said. “I do think Jake Locker’s a good football player and I hope that he’s at Titan for a long time and I hope to have the opportunity to coach him for a long time.”
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