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Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Switch at center is right move for Titans

By Paul Kuharsky

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The big change the Tennessee Titans need is Jake Locker back at quarterback. It sounds like any chance of that happening for Sunday’s game against the 49ers is quite small.

But the next-biggest thing the Titans could do to spark an anemic offense and help to wake up a stalled run game is happening. Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean reports that fourth-round draft pick Brian Schwenke will replace Rob Turner as the team’s starting center.

I applaud the move, which I thought would arrive next week during the Titans' bye. Sooner is better than later. Schwenke is more physical than Turner and has far more upside.

Tennessee’s whole offseason was keyed around a rebuild of the interior offensive line. But left guard Andy Levitre, Turner and right guard Chance Warmack did not come together at a fast pace.

Whatever the team loses in terms of time together is offset by getting a better player in the lineup. Running backs Chris Johnson and Shonn Greene, if he’s back from his knee injury, and quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick all should benefit.

Schwenke might have some rookie moments, as Warmack has had. But they'll be easier to swallow than Turner's poor play has been.