<
>

Game plan in hand, Locker feeling good

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Jake Locker had a good preseason, but he can undo it with a less-than-steady performance on Sunday in the Tennessee Titans season opener in Kansas City.

His high comfort level in Ken Whisenhunt’s offense has come because of how quickly he was able to establish ownership. And now he’ll be executing a game plan designed by Whisenhunt and offensive coordinator Jason Michael for the first time.

“It’s really exciting,” he said. “Because you get an idea, you get in narrowed down. You have a lot of stuff in throughout OTAs and camp and all those things. And now it’s an opportunity to take everything that you’ve learned and say ‘Hey, these are the plays that we’ve run that we like to attack what they are doing defensively.’ That’s one of my favorite things now to get into, the mental part of what we are trying to accomplish with each play and how we can be successful within that against this defense.”

Locker said he had some idea what would be in that game plan based on adding up what the Titans have done and what he saw from early looks at the Chiefs. He knows the goal of plays when they are installed.

Now the Titans are getting a feel for game-specific plays against a scout team defense mimicking the Chiefs, and they will tinker with the plan over the next couple days.

The Chiefs front is filled with players who can win one-on-one matchups, Locker said.

“We have to make sure we have good communication in a loud stadium, a tough place to play, against some very talented pass-rushers,” he said.