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Ken Whisenhunt: It might not matter who is QB if you don’t have other pieces

New York Jets v Tennessee Titans

NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 14: Head Coach Ken Whisenhunt of the Tennessee Titans on the sidelines in the second quarter of a game against the New York Jets at LP Field on December 14, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. The Jets defeated the Titans 16-11. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

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If the Buccaneers do anything other than draft Jameis Winston or Marcus Mariota with the first overall pick in the draft it will come as a great surprise, but things aren’t as clear when it comes to the Titans and the No. 2 pick.

General Manager Ruston Webster said last week that the team believes 2014 sixth-round pick Zach Mettenberger “has the tools to play and start in the league,” something that coach Ken Whisenhunt echoed during a Wednesday appearance on PFT Live. Whisenhunt told Mike Florio that Mettenberger “did some positive things” and that he plans to watch every snap the quarterback played as a rookie in order to evaluate him alongside the two “pretty good” prospects entering the league.

Whisenhunt also said there was no deadline to determine what direction they’ll go with the pick and said a trade remains a possibility before doing a bit more to shroud the team’s intentions during a press conference.

“It’s a conundrum because if you don’t have the left tackle to protect the guy, or have the pass rusher to get your defense off the field, or have a lot of those things, sometimes it doesn’t matter what your quarterback can do,” Whisenhunt said. “But it’s an important position. It’s one for us, that the Tennessee Titans make the right decision going forward. We have to do what we feel like is the best for us at the quarterback position. You weigh that against potentially what else is available. If there’s somebody that you think is a guy like a J.J. Watt that’s there and make that kind of impact on the game, you have to take all those things into consideration.”

For more of what Whisenhunt said during his visit to PFT Live, including the other 2014 rookies that impressed him during their first professional seasons, check out the video below.