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The Titans owner didn’t have to wait to fire the general manager

The Titans owner didn’t have to wait to fire the general manager

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Amy Adams Strunk’s assessment of Jon Robinson’s performance as Titans general manager never stopped, and Tennessee the owner said Friday he saw no reason to wait when he decided his franchise needed a change.

It doesn’t matter how hard it is.

“At the end of the day, I have to make tough decisions,” Strunk told The Associated Press in an exclusive interview.

“Once I made the decision, I said, ‘I can’t sit on it. I have to go ahead and do it to be fair with Jon.’ I don’t know how many weeks we have left in the season. There could be more hope in our season, and it just didn’t feel like the right thing to do.” to move forward.”

Strunk fired Robinson on Tuesday despite the general manager posting no worse than a 9-7 record and leaving 69-47 in six straight winning seasons. That’s Kansas City’s second-highest 10-game winning streak in the NFL.

The Titans (7-5) are looking for their third consecutive AFC South title.

The owner took over the franchise in March 2015 and He strengthened the franchise in 2020 said he analyzed recent seasons, rosters, draft picks and free agency moves to make his decision.

And no, given that former Tennessee wide receiver AJ Brown had a good game last week He won 35-10 against his Titans he was not involved in the firing of Robinson.

“I had already made up my mind,” Strunk said. “AJ played a great game. More power to him, but that had nothing to do with it.’

Strunk said he couldn’t ignore the holes on a roster that has used 76 different players this season after setting an NFL record with 91 different players last season.

Tennessee has lost three straight playoff games, the last two at home. Strunk said he wants the Super Bowl that eluded his late father, Bud Adams, who founded the franchise in Houston.

“I told the fans from the beginning that I want to win it all and I want to be one of those elite teams that people always fear, and it’s my responsibility,” Strunk said. “And at the end of the day, it’s up to me to make those kinds of decisions that get us there.”

Robinson, Hired in January 2016He completely rebuilt a team that went a combined 5-27 in 2014 and 2015. Along with coach Mike Vrabel, he managed to extend his contract in February after finishing first in the AFC last season with a 12-5 record.

Among his best moves? Traded quarterback Ryan Tannehill in March 2019 and drafted two-time NFL rushing champion Derrick Henry and two-time All-Pro safety Kevin Byard.

But Robinson never signed one of his first-round picks to a second contract.

in 2018, The Titans cut linebacker Kevin Dodd33rd overall pick in 2016. The draft’s No. 29 overall offensive player was waived He came out of Georgia in 2020 help represent Jack Conklin, who allowed him to walk in free agency. Isaiah Wilson had only played four snaps before that they are negotiating after his rookie season.

Robinson drafted Caleb Farley at No. 22 in 2021 weeks after a second back surgery and became the first college player to sit out the 2020 season during the pandemic. Farley’s first two seasons ended on injured reserve. Second-round pick Dillon Radun has lost his starting straight-up job this summer to rookie Nicholas Petit-Frere.

Linebacker Vic Beasley lasted five games Bust signing free agent in 2020, same season Lineman Jadeveon Clowney’s only season ended up on injured reserve.

Strunk dismissed a couple of issues that have come up since the shooting:

Vrabel he didn’t give Strunk any ultimatums about Robinson.

– That Amazing trade from Brown in the first round of April’s draft? Strunk was in the draft room and had full knowledge of the pre-draft negotiations with Brown’s agent.

Ryan Cowden, vice president of player personnel, is overseeing the staff in the interim, and has been nominated for GM openings along with director of player personnel Monti Ossenfort. The Titans sent Brian Gardner, director of pro scouting, to the NFL meeting in May to promote minority candidates for front office jobs.

Strunk said he’s willing to wait, even after the Super Bowl, if that’s what it takes, to hire the right person as the next general manager. Vrabel will have an introduction, as he did with Robinson. But Strunk said coaching and being a general manager are jobs that require a person’s full attention.

His biggest key?

“To get that right person into the job,” Strunk said.

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