The Tennessee Titans today announced the firing of GM Ruston Webster and permanent promotion of Steve Underwood to team president and CEO.
Owner Amy Adams Strunk further elaborated in a statement:
“Today, I am glad to announce that Steve Underwood will be continuing in his role as our president and chief executive officer on a permanent basis,” said Titans owner Amy Adams Strunk. “I have had ongoing discussions with Steve on this issue for a while, and I feel his leadership is vital in order to move us forward. He has brought much-needed stability to our organization, and I look forward to progress that will be made under his leadership.
“Additionally, I would like to thank Ruston Webster for all of his efforts with our franchise, as he is a man of great character and integrity and someone for whom we I have tremendous respect. Our mission is to become one of the elite franchises in the National Football League, and we have fallen short of this goal in recent years. We are in the search process for our head coaching and general manager positions. We share our fans’ frustration about the team’s recent performance, and we are committed to doing everything we can to return our team to a perennial postseason contender.”
Webster first came to the Titans in 2010 and served two seasons as VP of Player Personnel before being promoted to general manager in 2012. In that role, he drafted talented players in receiver Kendall Wright and quarterback Marcus Mariota, but the Titans saw little success on the field. Tennessee did not make the playoffs once during Webster’s tenure with the team and just continued to take steps backward.
No word has been given on who will succeed Webster, but it’s clear that ownership wants to start taking steps forward with Mariota under center. That means implementing a new regime in all departments, so stay tuned to Campus Sports for further updates out of Nashville!
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