When the Titans kick off the season in Pittsburgh on Sunday Moise Fokou will be the starting middle linebacker. Colin McCarthy a starter and team captain last season will be a reserve and a special teams player.

The Titans don’t plan on bumping Fokou any time soon. Said coach Mike Munchak: Fokou earned the position and there are no plans to replace him even as McCarthy gets healthier from a hamstring injury that sidelined him for much of the preseason.

“If Moise plays like we think he can you hope not. You don’t have a crystal ball. I mean can it happen? Sure. Anything’s possible” Munchak said. “You want them both to play well and see what happens. For now Moise’s played well. He took advantage of the situation he was given and now we just have to see how we play as a unit.

“If guys don’t play well then yes you start looking for different combinations that maybe change the way we play. Hopefully we’re not going to have that conversation. But it happens at all positions the offensive line receiver linebacker defensive line. If guys that start the season don’t get the right fit then you keep making adjustments. (McCarthy) just has to keep getting better stay healthy keep working and he’s going to be a big part of us winning games.”

McCarthy missed nine games last season because of an ankle injury and a concussion. He missed three of the four preseason games this year.