Fitzpatrick steps in to start as QB for Titans

10/3/13 in NFL   |   IvanRogers   |   1352 respect

Aug 17, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (4) tries to spin away from Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Terrence Stephens (62) during the game at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY SportsTitans starting quarterback Jake Locker suffered a sprained right hip in the third quarter against New York Jets. Now it’s up to backup quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick to step in the gap and fill it as Jake will miss a few weeks while recovering. He was waived off by the Bills in October 2011 and the Titans signed him to mentor Jake Locker.
 
"It's never easy I think to step in from a backup role to the starter kind of mid-stream I guess," the backup quarterback said on Wednesday. "I got to go in there and make these three days very productive. ... Being 3-1 with our defense playing great, I think with the confidence just in general that our team is playing with, this is a fun situation to step into."
 
In just a week his role has changed completely. He is now the starting quarterback and has to coordinate with the entire team. He is fitting well though. He was spending time with the receivers to discuss the game and was active in the practice and even stayed after practice for some extra improvement on the game.
 
The pro quarterback starting his ninth season was signed in March by the Tennessee Titans for two years so that he could help Jake Locker learn the ropes. Because Locker is out due to hip injury, Fitzpatrick must step in to fill the gap and keep the team going until Locker recovers sufficiently to hit the field again.
 
"With Jake now being injured, I've got to go out and let them know what I expect," the new starting quarterback said. "If you're not on the same page, that's what leads to some of the miscommunication and things that can't happen."
 
Mike Munchak, head coach for the Titans said that Fitzpatrick needed to fit in fast with the team.
 
"He's been through it before. He's been in the league a long time, so we're hoping he can make this adjustment rather quickly because we need that on Sunday."
He will start against the 0-4 Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday and Andy Reid, head coach for the Chiefs knows that Fitzpatrick should not be taken lightly.
 
"So I'm well aware of him, and have a ton of respect for him, and our team here knows him," he said. "They played against him in the past. Everyone knows how capable he is and we'll prepare ourselves to play a heck of a quarterback and a heck of an offense."
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