The beginning of the Tennessee Titans 2016 season saw big changes for the franchise. Coming off a 3-13 2015 season, the franchise set their sights on some meaning full adjustments.
Titans Success Starts From The Top
On January 4, 2016, the Titans parted ways with General Manager Ruston Webster and sought out a replacement that would fit the franchise’s vision for the future. They elected to hire former recruiter for the New England Patriots and Tampa Bay Bucs Jon Robinson as their General Manager.
Jon Robinson made his mark early as in his first drafted made some crafty moves to align the Titans for the future and followed with another successful draft class in the 2017 draft.
At the conclusion of the 2015 season, the Tennessee Titans removed the interim tag from Mike Mularkey making him the Head Coach for the 2016 season. This move was met with criticism as Mularkeys winning record did not reflect one of a winning coach.
Mularkey quickly silenced the critics as the Titans had won more games by week 10 than they had in the previous two season. Ultimately the Titans finished the 2016 season 9-7 missing the play offs by one game but had found their identity and traction for 2017.
In the past eighteen months, GM Jon Robinson and HC Mike Mularkey can be quoted stating each of them view the teams needs the same and they have the same approach to the game.
More times than not, General Managers and Head Coaches do not typically get along or see eye to eye on the NFL. Each position has different challenges and one can not be successful without the other.
Fortunately for the Tennessee Titans, these two seem to mesh together very well which transcends throughout the organization. They have been seen numerous times at personal events together even at Nashville Predators games.
If camaraderie breeds success, then this Duo will deliver many successful seasons for years to come.