Tennessee Titans picked up journeyman backup Quarterback Charlie Whitehurst this offseason. With all due respect to all involved, the biggest question is “why”?
I remember Whitehurst as a gamer in his days at Clemson. He was just above average, but was above average with “style”. You could tell he had a leadership quality about him, could throw the ball when he needed to, and was in command of the offense.
Whitehurst has parlayed this into a career in the NFL carrying a clipboard “in style”. As a third round draft pick of the Chargers in 2006, his only telling stat of that first year was a 14 yard touchdown run against the Titans in a 40-6 Chargers win.
Whitehurst backed up Phillip Rivers and Billy Volek. Volek of course was a Titan, but was traded to San Diego in 2006 after Jeff Fisher accused Volek of being untruthful. It never came out as to what “untruth” Volek told to my knowledge.
After attempting exactly zero passes in San Diego, the Seattle Seahawks acquired Whitehurst. He became backup to future Tennessee Titan (the second degree of separation) Matt Hasselbeck. He did actually get into a few games when Hasselbeck went down to injury. His best game came in the last regular season game against the St Louis Rams where he led the Seahawks to a win that determined the NFC West Championship.
He was traded back to San Diego in 2012 to back up Phillip Rivers. Rivers stayed healthy, so again no stats, nor games played. Charlie became well known as “clipboard Jesus”, due to his long hair and beard. That should play well in Nashville. I personally thought Billy Ray Cyrus had put his guitar down when I saw the hair coming out of a Titans helmet in pre season.
One tweet suggested that Whitehurst has “Jedi” mind control somehow. He has signed for $8 Million for two years with the Titans. Face it, Whitehurst does have “Jedi” mind control. How else do you explain $8Million?
Seriously, I am sure he is quite capable. It is obvious that he is a high paid mentor and teacher to Jake Locker. Whitehurst knows the Whisenhunt offense, and knows it well. He is teaching it to Jake Locker daily. He is that Sales Manager we have all had that tells us how to sell, but has never actually sold anything.
Jake is looking to have a breakout season. I think he will. No one “want’s to” more than Jake himself. He is a leader, and can win. He just has to stay healthy, which just doesn’t seem to be in the cards. So with Jake’s injury prone career in the back of our minds, my suggestion to “clipboard Jesus” is to cut his hair enough to keep it out of his eyes on gameday. He may just have to go out and “sell” something.