The Tennessee Titans are now 3–3 after a disappointing loss to the Seattle Seahawks. Despite strong defense and multiple chances to win the game, turnovers cost Tennessee dearly. The same could be said of the previous loss to the Kansas City Chiefs where the Titans had every opportunity to win late in the game. Both of these losses against two of the best teams in the NFL can be attributed to the absence of starting quarterback Jake Locker.
Locker’s replacement, Ryan Fitzpatrick, is the exact opposite of the type of quarterback that the Titans need. With Locker on the field, the Titans have committed zero turnovers. Fitzpatrick makes bad decisions, doesn’t take care of the football, and the worst thing is he’s shown that in the past.
The Titans will keep losing if they can’t limit Fitzpatrick’s passes in late game situations. Chris Johnson and Jackie Battle have to step up, because their backup QB is trying too hard to be the hero on a team that is better as a whole than individually.
The Titans’ defense is playing out of their minds. If the offense could have strung a couple of plays together late in games, they would have allowed only 10 points against the Seahawks and seven against the Chiefs. On paper they rank as the 10th best NFL defense, but during games they have outplayed two of the other top 10 defenses just to be let down by poor quarterback play from Fitzpatrick.
Fitzpatrick just won’t get it done for the Titans in Locker’s absence. Tennessee still has every opportunity to go to the NFL Playoffs, but the games against Seattle and Kansas City could have made the road there much easier. Next up for the Titans is the surging San Francisco 49ers, and Fitzpatrick must show some sign of success or the team – and the fans – will start to lose faith in him.