The Tennessee Titans completely shocked the NFL and sports world on Tuesday.

Tennessee announced that they’re firing longtime general manager Jon Robinson.

“Since becoming controlling owner in 2015, my goal has been to raise the standard for what is expected in all facets of our organization,” said Titans owner Amy Adams Strunk in statement released by the team. “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 football team itself, which is regularly evaluated both by results (wins and losses) and team construction/roster building.”

“I am proud of what we have accomplished in my eight seasons of ownership, but I believe there is more to be done and higher aspirations to be met. I want to thank Jon for his dedicated work to set this organization on an upward trajectory and I wish him and his family the best.”

Robinson had served as the Titans’ general manager since 2016.

Vice President of Player Personnel Ryan Cowden will lead player personnel for the rest of the season. A search for a new general manager will begin after the season is complete.

The timing of this move is surprising and odd. The Titans are in first place with a three-game lead over the Indianapolis Colts. Tennessee is coming off a tough loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, but they’re still the overwhelming favorites to win the AFC South for a third straight season.

It’s reasonable to speculate that the AJ Brown trade from earlier this year had something to do with this decision.

Brown has thrived since being traded to the Eagles. And after Philly’s win over the Titans this past Sunday, Brown told reporters that he wanted to retire a Titan before getting traded.

“It’s been personal since the trade to be honest,” said Brown after the win against Tennessee on Sunday. “I’ve just been trying to keep it down,” he said. “That’s where I wanted to be and things didn’t work out and it was kind of just, ‘here you go — we don’t want you anymore,’ and you kind of just get pushed to the side. In that situation for me, I had to grow up quick.”

The Brown trade certainly wasn’t a good look for Robinson and it may have been what ultimately cost him his job in Nashville.

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