Wednesday, October 9, 2013
QB Watch: Titans’ Ryan Fitzpatrick
By Paul Kuharsky
A weekly analysis of the Tennessee Titans' quarterback play:
Rewind: Ryan Fitzpatrick was in a funk from the start Sunday and simply didn’t produce a winning effort. He improvised and threw a scoring pass and had a scoring run, but he also threw the Titans’ first two interceptions of the season. He’s know as a streaky quarterback. This was in-game streakiness, with poor first, second and fourth quarters and a pretty good third quarter. He did some good scrambling after he settled in. Even as the Titans scored 17 unanswered points to take a 17-13 lead before losing, they couldn’t afford a 13-0 first half in favor of their opponent.
Fast-forward: Jake Locker is out for a second week with a sprained right hip and knee, and was on crutches and in a brace on Monday. The Titans have to find a way to help Fitzpatrick get going early, and that should include avoiding throws to anyone who doesn’t currently qualify as reliable, including Kenny Britt.
Against a blitz: Through a game and a half, Fitzpatrick has fared better against five or more rushers (98.7 passer rating, 44.3 QBR) than against four or fewer (54.3, 36.9). I don’t know that the Titans will invite blitzers. But the Seattle Seahawks have the resources to play coverages that could give him problems.
Prediction: I think Fitzpatrick is likely in for a long day. Seattle has allowed five touchdown passes while taking away seven interceptions, sacking the quarterback 13 times and limiting opponents to a passer rating of 68.2.