The Tennessee Titans surprised everyone on Tuesday morning by firing general manager Jon Robinson.
Vice President of Player Personnel Ryan Cowden, who has been with the Titans for seven years, will lead player personnel for the rest of the season according to a release from the franchise.
While Cowden will lead player personnel, Titans head coach Mike Vrabel is expected to have “significant power” after Robinson’s dismissal.
Mike Vrabel expected to have significant power after #Titans' dismissal of general manager Jon Robinson, according to league sources— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) December 6, 2022
I don’t think this report from Wilson means that Vrabel is going to be a candidate to serve as the Titans’ de facto general manager in 2023 and beyond. Tennessee is planning to hire a general manager based on the statement from Titans owner Amy Adams Strunk.
What I do think this means, though, is that Tennessee is committed to Vrabel as their head coach. They don’t view him as “tied to Robinson”. And that would suggest that whoever is hired by the Titans to replace Robinson will need to be on board with Vrabel as the Titans’ long-term answer at head coach.
With that said, Vrabel will likely be heavily involved in player personnel decisions for the rest of the season — including draft preparation (which really gets going this month) for the 2023 NFL Draft.
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