The Tennessee Titans are firing general manager Jon Robinson, which was first reported by NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero.
Jim Wyatt of the Titans Official Site confirmed the dismissal and vice president of player personnel Ryan Cowden will replace Robinson for the remainder of the 2022 season.
Titans controlling owner Amy Adams Strunk issued a statement on the firing of Robinson, who signed a multi-year extension last February.
“Since becoming a majority owner in 2015, my goal has been to raise the bar for what is expected in all facets of our organization. I believe we have made significant progress both on and off the field through investments in leadership, personnel, and new ideas. This progress includes the core of our business, the soccer team itself, which is regularly evaluated both for results (wins and losses) and for team/squad construction. I am proud of what we have accomplished in my eight seasons as owner, but I believe there is more to do and higher aspirations to fulfill.
“I want to thank Jon for his dedicated work in putting this organization on an upward trajectory and I wish him and his family the best.”
Robinson had been the Titans’ general manager since the 2016 season and never experienced a losing season.
Tennessee also clinched a pair of division titles and made four playoff trips, one of which ended in the AFC Championship Game during the 2019 season.
However, the Titans couldn’t build on that 2019 run and have been to the playoffs in each of the past two seasons, including in 2021 when they were the No. 1 seed.
The Titans are 7-5 and rank first in the AFC South, but Tennessee has lost two straight games and just got a toast from former Titans wide receiver AJ Brown and his new team, the Philadelphia Eagles. .
Trading Brown was arguably the biggest blemish on Robinson’s record, and it would seem that Brown showing up against his old team was the nail in the coffin, though that hasn’t been confirmed.
Of course, it wasn’t all bad for Robinson, who helped transform the Titans with great draft picks like Derrick Henry and Kevin Byard, and even more so with an incredible 2019 draft class that included more franchise mainstays like Brown. and Jeffery Simmons.
But Robinson’s shine has started to fade in recent years with some poor draft classes, trades and free agent signings that just haven’t worked out for the most part.
He was definitely on the bench thanks to some of his recent flops, like the aforementioned draft classes, the Brown trade, not properly addressing the offensive line for 2022, etc.
But it’s shocking that he was relieved of his duties during the season. Hopefully we’ll have more details soon.