AFC South

Titans Fire GM Jon Robinson

The Tennessee Titans fired GM Jon Robinson on Tuesday, according to Ian Rapoport.

Ian Rapoport via Twitter

In Jon Robinson’s seven seasons with the team, he posted a respectable 66-43 record, good for a .606 win percentage. However, in his time as the Titans GM, the team was never quite able to get over the hump, posting good regular season numbers and consistently underperforming in the playoffs.

The Titans hold a 7-5 record through Week 13 and sit in first place in the AFC South, with a three-game lead over the Colts and Jaguars. The team brass, however, was unhappy with the roster composition and the direction of the team’s personnel under Robinson.

One of Robinson’s most criticized moves was the trading star WR A.J. Brown to the Philadelphia Eagles for the #18 and #101 picks in last year’s NFL draft. The Titans used #18 to select WR Treylon Burks out of Arkansas and traded #101 to the Jets. While Burks has been solid, Brown has been unstoppable this season with the Eagles, posting 950 receiving yards and nine touchdowns, both top-10 marks in the league. He has been a huge part in leading them to an NFL-best 11-1 record.

In his revenge game against Tennessee this Sunday, A.J. Brown dominated. He had eight receptions for 119 yards and two touchdowns in a 35-10 Eagles win, showing the Titans brass exactly what they gave up. Two days later, Robinson was out as general manager. 

Titans fans and NFL experts have also criticized Robinson’s failure to build a reliable offensive line for the Titans’ prolific run offense featuring superstar RB Derrick Henry. According to PFF grade and ESPN pass block win rate, the Titans have the worst pass-blocking offensive line in the NFL, and their run blocking has not been much better, especially with injuries to OT Taylor Lewan.

This move could mean more organizational power for head coach Mike Vrabel, who has become one of the top coaches in the league and contributed heavily to the Titans building their hard-nosed identity. There is no word on a new hire yet, but many believe Vrabel will have a say in who comes in as the next Titans general manager.

Stay tuned for more details…

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