Titans QB Fitzpatrick continues struggles against tough Seahawks secondary

Staff writerOctober 13, 2013 

Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick scrambles to get away from Seattle Seahawks defenders Sunday at CenturyLink Field.

KIRBY LEE — USA Today Sports

Ryan Fitzpatrick isn’t one to shy away from where the blame lands with the Tennessee Titans’ struggles. It starts with him as the starting quarterback.

“The last two weeks,” Fitzpatrick said, “I’ve played poorly.”

Credit one of the NFL’s top secondaries in aiding that struggle. Earl Thomas and Richard Sherman picked off Fitzpatrick in the Seahawks’ 20-13 win over the Titans, making it the second consecutive week Fitzpatrick has thrown two interceptions.

With the hip and knee injuries sidelining former University of Washington star Jake Locker, Sunday was Fitzpatrick’s second straight start. But with Fitzpatrick as the starter, the Titans are winless, also losing 26-17 last week to Kansas City.

The Seahawks held Tennessee’s offense out of the end zone; a pair of Brett Kern field goals were the offense’s only points.

“I feel like the momentum has come to a halt these last two games,” said Fitzpatrick, who completed 17 of 29 passes for 171 yards but was sacked three times.

Sherman’s interception with 11:23 left in the fourth quarter was crucial. Seattle took a 13-10 lead minutes earlier on Steven Hauschka’s 29-yard field goal, and on the Titans’ first play on their offensive drive, Fitzpatrick went deep to Nate Washington down the right sideline, but was picked off by Sherman at the Seattle 41. Seven plays later, Marshawn Lynch’s 3-yard touchdown run up the middle made the lead 20-10.

Fitzpatrick called both interceptions “poor throws.”

“They’re a good defense,” Fitzpatrick said of the Seahawks. “... We couldn’t get a rhythm on offense.”

Said Tennessee coach Mike Munchak: “We’re just not playing good enough to win on that side of the ball.”

At age 30, Fitzpatrick’s been a journeyman quarterback with starting experience. He started 50 games in Buffalo over four seasons, including all 16 regular-season games in 2011 and ‘12, before signing with the Titans — his fourth NFL team — this offseason.

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