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I've written it many times before: I'm just not a fan of former Buffalo Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick.
While I've found Fitzpatrick to be courteous and engaging every time we've spoken, I believe he was an average quarterback masquerading as a franchise savior, as his record as the Bills starter speaks for itself.
While Matt Hasselbeck is no longer the quarterback he once was in Seattle, the 37-year-old is a steadying influence in the locker room and was a friend and mentor to Titans quarterback Jake Locker. For those reasons, I was surprised when the team released him.
2013 is a critical year for the Titans. It's not a stretch to say that the fate of head coach Mike Munchak will be decided via wins and losses this upcoming season.
That's why I simply cannot believe that they signed Fitzpatrick to replace Hasselbeck as Locker's backup.
Locker has been up and down during his first two professional seasons, and while he'll be "The Guy" this season in Tennessee, there's no guarantee that he starts all 16 games, either due to injury or potential poor play.
If Locker needs to miss a few games, will Munchak feel comfortable rolling Fitzpatrick out there? I wouldn't feel good about that. Fitzpatrick plays hot potato with the football, too often settles for the short gain and just doesn't seem to have "it."
Now, Hasselbeck isn't exactly a world-beater anymore, but he's a steadier option than Fitzpatrick and also was the consummate teammate to Locker, supporting him when necessary and befriending both him and his family.
I'm not saying that Fitzpatrick can't be a good teammate or won't be a good friend to Locker. But why rock the boat?
I don't care that Hasselbeck carried a heftier price tag in 2013 than the team was willing to pay. The Titans should have figured out a way to make it work.
Now, if Locker goes down, Fitzpatrick is the guy. That should scare the hell out of Titans fans. And Mike Munchak.