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Titans' Hasselbeck has been overly conservative during slump

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By Arthur Arkush

To say that Titans QB Matt Hasselbeck has come down to earth after his great first half of the season would be a vast understatement. Hasselbeck has thrown only one TD compared to five interceptions since Week 10 and has completed only one pass longer than 25 yards during that span. Forearm and calf injuries have contributed to his struggles but we hear Hasselbeck's unwillingness to push the ball downfield like he was earlier in the season is at the root of his problems. Offensive coordinator Chris Palmer is also deserving of blame, as he has failed to counter when opposing defenses have taken away the big play by showing more cover-2 looks. With the Titans clinging to very faint playoff hopes heading into their Week 16 matchup with the Jaguars, Hasselbeck will have one more opportunity to right the ship. But if the Titans lose and are mathematically eliminated from the postseason, expect Jake Locker to be under center in Week 17.

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