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Mike Munchak still deciding on Sunday’s quarterback

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Ever since Jake Locker hurt his hip and knee in Week Four against the Jets, signs pointed to him making his return to the lineup after the Titans’ bye in Week Eight.

That plan took a turn this week when Locker returned to practice and coach Mike Munchak refused to rule him out of the game. Locker practiced again on Friday and Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean reports that he took the majority of the reps in both individual and team drills.

Munchak said after practice that he hadn’t made a decision about whether Locker or Ryan Fitzpatrick would start against San Francisco and that the team would be discussing it into the weekend. The coach knows that Locker has practiced well and that he wants to play, but said that the team had to weigh other concerns as well when making their choice because they don’t want to put Locker back in the lineup too soon.

“Ryan is going forward like he is starting and I am sure Jake in his mind is [also],” Munchak said. “Jake wants it. I don’t know that he’ll be 100 percent honest with us, unfortunately. … He knows how important he is to team. But he understands what we have to do and he’ll go by ultimately what we decide is best, even though he may not agree with us, because there’s a lot of football to go this year. We want to make sure we are doing the right thing.”

Locker was off to a great start before his injury, completing 62.2 percent of his passes and throwing six touchdowns without an interception. Fitzpatrick hasn’t been nearly as effective and the Titans have lost both of the games he’s started after starting the year 3-1 in games started by Locker.

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18 Responses to “Mike Munchak still deciding on Sunday’s quarterback”
  1. touchdownroddywhite says: Oct 18, 2013 3:29 PM

    I wonder how many times Bud Adams has regretted firing VY?

  2. titans4evr says: Oct 18, 2013 3:33 PM

    I hope they don’t risk Locker’s long term health and potentially confidence by bringing him back too soon. It’s a tough non-divisional game, and one more week rest gives him two more full weeks to get fully healthy and return to a list of primarily “easier” foes, and then key divisional matchups against the Colts which will factor greatly in our regular season outcome, ie, playoffs or not.

  3. rascalmanny says: Oct 18, 2013 3:40 PM

    Hurry up Locker! We need you.

    Regret firing VY? LOL. Jeez, wonder why he’s not playing anywhere?

  4. dodohead418 says: Oct 18, 2013 3:47 PM

    Given Locker injury proneness, it would be smart to keep him out!

  5. negativten says: Oct 18, 2013 3:47 PM

    Cmon Munchak,
    we already had the Ryan Fitzpatrick feast planned.Dont be switchin it up now– NinerFans

  6. kevpft says: Oct 18, 2013 3:55 PM

    It’s the 49ers. They’re going to lose either way. Save Locker for the upcoming division games, where he will be needed most.

  7. EJ says: Oct 18, 2013 4:07 PM

    I hope Fitzpatrick goes out and has the game of his life Sunday. Stat line- 32/43, 429 yards, 42 yards rushing w/1 rushing TD, 4 td’s, 0 int’s. He is a good guy and works very hard at his job. He has had big games before against teams like the Raiders, Patriots and Chiefs. He can do it again. Have faith in the beard Titan Fans!

  8. blacknole08 says: Oct 18, 2013 4:07 PM

    Stick with Fitz for one more game. He just has to manage and make a few throws because the Titans can actually steal this game. I love how that defense is playing right now. In fact, the Titans have the better defense in this game.

  9. titans12thman says: Oct 18, 2013 4:11 PM

    I could only hope that locker is ready. I would love to hear the analysts and see niners fans faces if jake comes back and we pull off the upset against San fran….Go Blue!

  10. tennesseeoilers says: Oct 18, 2013 4:16 PM

    kevpft says: “It’s the 49ers. They’re going to lose either way. Save Locker for the upcoming division games, where he will be needed most.”

    Haven’t watched the 49′ers much this year, have you? An incredibly flawed team. In fact, in the four games he’s played in, Locker has played MUCH better than Kaepernick this year. … Bring them on!

  11. goldrush36 says: Oct 18, 2013 4:24 PM

    Well we would obviously rather play Fitz but if you are hoping to surprise anyone with Locker you won’t be. Harbaugh said they have been preparing for Locker as well all week in anticipation of him starting. They also faced him multiple times in college. Can they get the upset? Well of course but dont count on surprise being the catalyst

  12. hart089 says: Oct 18, 2013 4:27 PM

    Haven’t watched the 49′ers much this year, have you? An incredibly flawed team. In fact, in the four games he’s played in, Locker has played MUCH better than Kaepernick this year. … Bring them on!

    Pot calling the kettle black are we?

  13. jpaq68 says: Oct 18, 2013 4:29 PM

    But Pickspatrick played so well in Buffalo …..

  14. mackcarrington says: Oct 18, 2013 5:06 PM

    Says a lot that he is weighing a 80% Locker over a 100% Fitzpatrick..

  15. assuredmutualdestruction says: Oct 18, 2013 5:21 PM

    The thing Titans fans need to remember is that Kaepernick shrinks on the road. 9ers are a talented team, but they have no heart.If you go out and punch frisco in the mouth, they fold up. You’re defense is good. Just get after Kaep…keep the noise on him…he’ll fold up like a lawn chair.

  16. arowchief says: Oct 18, 2013 5:47 PM

    I was at you’re stadium against the Chiefs and your crowd was kinda weak, good fans, good team. Hope you get Locker back soon!

  17. ninerdud says: Oct 18, 2013 5:53 PM

    AMD:

    In his short career, Kap has wins @ N.O., @ N.E., and @ ATL in the NFCCG. Winning on the road is tough and Kap hasn’t been firing on all cylinders this year, but I think saying he “shrinks on the road” is a little over the top.

    this will be a tough game for the Niners offense, but their defense is playing very well. It would be silly to put Locker in jeopardy of a more serious injury if he’s not 100%.

  18. southpaw79 says: Oct 18, 2013 6:47 PM

    I have no doubts the Titans have the right defense to slow the 49ers offense down, but I am not sure if they have the offense to generate enough points. The games against the Cardinals and Texans were good examples of Defenses that did enough early on to slow the Niners down, but the offense was just not able to capitalize enough which tired out the defense in the end. The Titans would have to be able to put enough offensive pressure on the Niners to pull them out of their run game and I just do not see that happening with out a healthy Locker.

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