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.

18 responses to “Mike Munchak still deciding on Sunday’s quarterback

  1. 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.

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

  3. 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!

  4. 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.

  5. 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!

  6. 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!

  7. 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

  8. 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?

  9. 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.

  10. 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%.

  11. 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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