Wednesday, October 16, 2013
QB Watch: Titans’ Ryan Fitzpatrick
By Paul Kuharsky
A weekly analysis of the Titans' quarterback play:
Rewind: Ryan Fitzpatrick was terrible in Seattle, and said afterward the lack of offensive rhythm and the loss of momentum for a team that’s gone from 3-1 to 3-3 is largely on him. He hit on only 17 of 29 passes for 171 yards with two interceptions, no touchdowns, a passer rating of 46.8 and three sacks. His six runs for 33 yards were one bright spot. The ball was not coming out of his hand well and he looked awkward and uncomfortable.
Fast-forward: Fitzpatrick is a streaky quarterback, and he’s been bad in his first two games starting in place of the injured Jake Locker. The hope going forward is that a switch flips and he can get hot and show the other side of a streaky signal-caller. San Francisco’s got the NFL’s ninth overall defense and is sixth against the pass, with a little more than two sacks a game.
Short stuff: Per ESPN Stats & Info, Fitzpatrick was 15-for-23 for 122 yards on passes thrown 10 yards or fewer in the air. He was 2-for-6 for 49 yards with two interceptions throwing it more than 10 yards in the air. The Titans have to be able to hit intermediate and deep passes, as they aren’t currently able to drive the ball with dink-and-dunk throws, paired with a stalling running game.
Prediction: Like with a lot of predictions, I can’t forecast something good until I see something good. Five different members of the 49ers have at least one interception, and the team has eight. A turnover-free game would greatly enhance the Titans' chances to win, but I’m having trouble envisioning that for Fitzpatrick, who has thrown four interceptions and fumbled three times (losing none) in his two starts.