As a starter … well, Ryan Fitzpatrick is not off to a great start.
The veteran backup fell to 0-2 with the Tennessee Titans with Sunday’s 20-13 loss to the Seattle Seahawks, a game in which he averaged 10 yards per completion but threw two interceptions without a touchdown pass.
His job has been made more difficult by the fact that his starts have been against Kansas City and Seattle, both of which currently rank among the NFL’s top six in yards per game allowed and the top three in points per game allowed.
“[The Seahawks] are a good defense but I think if you look at the game, we couldn’t get into a rhythm on offense and a lot of that is me,” Fitzpatrick said. “I didn’t play well [Sunday], really for the last two weeks. [I’ve] played poorly and we haven’t won a game, it’s hard for me to come in and I feel like the momentum has kind of gone into a halt the last two games and the way that we played on offense. … I’m not doing enough out there to consistently move the ball for the offense.”
As bad as his record is, it’s not that different from many others who have had the position over the years.
Of the eight quarterbacks who have started for the franchise during the Titans era, only the first two – Steve McNair and Neil O’Donnell – won their first two starts. In McNair’s case, those victories were for the Houston Oilers late in his rookie season of 1995.
Fitzpatrick is the fourth of the last five who has begun with back-to-back defeats. The man he has subbed for the last two weeks, Jake Locker, did it as well but then won his third start.
TITANS QUARTERBACKS, FIRST TWO STARTS
Ryan Fitzpatrick (2013)
Stats: 38-70 (54.3 percent), 418 yards, 1 TD, 4 INT
Jake Locker (2012)
Stats: 38-62 (61.3 percent), 403 yards, 2 TD, 2 INT
Matt Hasselbeck (2011)
Stats: 51-76 (67.1 percent), 621 yards, 3 TD, 2 INT
Vince Young (2006)
Stats: 24-50 (48 percent), 224 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT
Kerry Collins (2006)
Stats: 23-57 (40.4 percent), 280 yards, 0 TD, 4 INT
Billy Volek (2003, 2004)
Stats: 65-99 (65.7 percent), 574 yards, 4 TD, 0 INT
Neil O’Donnell (1999)
Stats: 48-72 (66.7 percent), 514 yards, 3 TD, 1 INT
Steve McNair (1995)
Stats: 25-53 (47.2 percent), 366 yards, 2 TD, 0 INT
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