The further into this week they get, the deeper the 49ers go into planning for the Tennessee Titans.
By Friday, San Francisco must be forecasting Ryan Fitzpatrick.
The Titans No. 2 quarterback is a strong bet to start Sunday in the teams' Week 7 matchup with teammate Jake Locker, who could miss his third straight game due to injuries.
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This is fine by one of the anchors of the 49ers defense.
“Our lockers (were close) in Buffalo. I got to know him – he’s a pretty good guy,"
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San Francisco defensive coordinator Vic Fangio said he and his unit are focusing more on the Titans offense than on who is under center. Fangio did agknowledge that, in the unlikely event Locker suits up and plays, there could be an emphasis on the read-option scheme.
The play-caller has respect for the quarterback he's more likely to see on the field on Sunday, even if Fitzpatrick isn't as athletic as Locker.
“They’re fortunate to have him as a backup," Fangio said of Fitzpatrick. "A guy that’s played a lot in the league. He’s played winning football in his past. He’s a very elusive guy. He’s a scrambler. He’s confident. He can make all of the throws. He’s got good arm strength. So I think they feel pretty good about him being in there.”
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Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com zeroed in on the upcoming Willis-versus-Delanie Walker duel.
Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle covered the ups and downs of the team’s next opponent.
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