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Morning Tailgate: 49ers 'D' Preps for Titans QBs

Posted Oct 15, 2013

For the first time this season, San Francisco can't be 100 percent sure which quarterback its opponent will be starting come Sunday.

For the first time this season, the 49ers defense enters a week of preparation less than 100 percent sure which quarterback its next opponent will start under center.

Week 7 on the schedule brings a road game against Ryan Fitzpatrick – or the recovering Jake Locker – and the Tennessee Titans.


The AFC South team (3-3) has dropped consecutive games under the direction of Fitzpatrick, who has thrown four interceptions and one touchdown. The ex-Buffalo Bills signal-caller replaced starter Jake Locker, who suffered knee and hip injuries against the New York Jets on Sept. 29.

Locker, who had thrown six touchdown passes in four games, was cleared to rejoin the team at practice this week but remains a suspect start this coming Sunday.

“We have to just game plan against their offense. They haven’t changed their offense a whole lot with Fitzpatrick in there. I don’t expect them to,” San Francisco defensive coordinator Vic Fangio said Tuesday morning on KNBR. “If Jake Locker is deemed ready to play, we have to be ready for him. Obviously, he’s a fast, athletic quarterback, so that in and of itself adds another dimension to their offense.

“But I believe we have to get prepared for their offense no matter who the quarterback is.”

Fangio also complimented the Titans “good core group of wideouts,” which is now led by Kendall Wright and rookie Justin Hunter. He mentioned a pair of other play-makers too, naming running back Chris Johnson and 49ers-turned-Titans tight end Delanie Walker as threats.

“They’re a very capable unit,” the 49ers play-caller said. “We have to go out there and try to be better than the other team’s defense.”

For more storylines surrounding the team, check out this edition of Morning Tailgate links, presented by State Farm.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee quoted Jim Harbaugh on the activity of LaMichael James.

Bill Williamson of ESPN.com argued that the team’s pass rush hasn’t slowed one bit.

Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com focused on some San Francisco-Seattle connections.

Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle previewed NaVorro Bwoman’s upcoming film appearance.

Cam Inman of the San Jose Mercury News said Harbaugh has hopes of building off Sunday’s long drive.

Taylor Price of 49ers.com wrote about Mario Manningham’s return to practice.







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