Tennessee Titans sixth-round draft pick Zach Mettenberger isn’t ready to cede control of the team’s starting quarterback job to Jake Locker, he made clear this weekend on SiriusXM NFL Radio.
“If I was drafted and [SiriusXM NFL Radio host Mark Brunell] is the vet, I’m coming for his job from day one,” Mettenberger said. “That’s my attitude. If I don’t win the job, I’m pushing, in this scenario, pushing Mark to be the best guy for the job. 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, and LSU alum, felt that approaching the quarterback battle any other way would be the wrong way.
“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.”
“I’m trying to do whatever Coach Whisenhunt asks of me, trying to show that I play mistake-free football and can lead long drives. That’s all I can control. And if my time comes this year, next year, four years, it doesn’t matter. When that opportunity comes, I have to take advantage of it, and be patient until that time comes.”