Thursday, March 13, 2014
Ryan Fitzpatrick versus Charlie Whitehurst
By Paul Kuharsky
For all the Titans fans clamoring for the removal of Ryan Fitzpatrick as Tennessee’s No. 2 quarterback, I present you with Charlie Whitehurst.
Per Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean, Whitehurst will visit Nashville Thursday and there is a very real scenario in which he replaces Fitzpatrick. Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt knows Whitehurst from the quarterback’s most recent home, San Diego, where Whisenhunt coordinatored the Chargers' offense last year.
The veteran quarterback market is thin as usual. Good quarterbacks never hit free agency. The best ones land in spots where they have the best chance to wiggle into the huddle as the starter.
Whitehurst has played five seasons with San Diego, Seattle and San Diego again.
In 13 games and four starts, he’s completed 54.2 percent of his passes with three touchdowns and four interceptions. His yards per pass attempt of 5.2 is unimpressive -- Fitzpatrick was at 7.01 last season and Jake Locker at 6.86.
At 6-foot-5, Whitehurst is three inches taller than Fitzpatrick and better fits the mold of a big pocket quarterback that Whisenhunt tends to favor.
Whitehurst will be cheaper. Fitzpatrick is due $2.75 million in 2014 plus a $500,000 roster bonus.
That’s hardly a prohibitive number.
In fact his $4.125 million cap number is 3.1 percent of the 2014 cap of $133 million.
The Titans need a guy who can step in for Locker on short notice without a lot of practice and run Whisenhunt's system.
Whitehurst will be far more familiar with it at the start. I don't love Fitzpatrick, but he's the better player.