When his football career is over, Matt Hasselbeck might want to pursue a law degree.

The Titans quarterback knows how to win a case.

Remember when the NFL fined Hasselbeck for a horse-collar tackle in the Titans' 51-20 loss to the Bears at LP Field on Nov. 4?

In his locker the week after the game, Hasselbeck had a photo showing he tackled Bears cornerback Kelvin Hayden legally. At the time, he called it "Exhibit A.''

The photo showed Hasselbeck's hands clutching Hayden's uniform, not inside the neck of his shoulder pads. Hayden was returning a fumble.

The quarterback appealed the fine, providing the photo as evidence he was innocent. The league rescinded the $15,750 fine, he said recently.

"It's funny to other people, not funny to me," Hasselbeck said after he was fined. "We have rules in place and obviously I was trying to play within the rules. I wasn't trying to hurt anybody or anything like that. There was nothing violent about the hit."

Leadership issues: Coming off 5-11 and 4-12 season in 2004 and 2005), the Titans were a mess in the locker room.

They addressed a lack of leadership by acquiring four veterans: center Kevin Mawae, linebacker David Thornton, safety Chris Hope and wide receiver David Givens.

They spearheaded a change in culture, although quarterback Vince Young became a controversial presence despite his success.

The leadership void was undeniable again this season as the Titans finished 6-10. So will they attempt a veteran infusion this offseason?

"Everybody talks about that and we definitely want leaders and the right kind of guys," general manager Ruston Webster said. "That is sometimes easier said than done. … I think we try and bring in the right kinds of players — guys with work ethic, guys that are committed to football, treat it as a job, that are passionate about it. Then I think we'll grow those kind of guys."