When Amy Adams Strunk and the Tennessee Titans fired General Manager Jon Robinson on Tuesday morning, shockwaves were sent through the Titans organization and fanbase.

Robinson, a GM that had produced six (on the verge of seven) consecutive winning seasons, and just received a long-term contract extension as recently as February, was held accountable for the team’s roster construction in the harshest way possible.

The message was sent. The Titans organization means business and the standard moving forward is excellence, not mediocrity. Super Bowl contention, not just making the playoffs.

As head coach Mike Vrabel thanked Robinson over the phone after hearing the news on Tuesday, he asked if there was anything the former GM wanted him to relay on his behalf. Robinson had just one message delivered to the players.

According to Titans veteran safety Kevin Byard, Robinson’s parting message to the players was to stay focused, not let the news become a distraction, and understand that their goals for the 2022 season are still attainable.

Moving Forward

The players are continuing to do just as Robinson asked: Move forward.

The consensus message coming out of the locker room was yes, the news was tough to hear, but transactions are made in this league every day. Friends and teammates are released, traded, etc. in the NFL with regularity, and you still gave to show up the next day just as focused as before.

“As players, we have a job to do,” Byard said in the locker room on Wednesday. “That’s to go out here and attack this day and prepare for the Jacksonville Jaguars. Everything that we want to accomplish and we set to accomplish this year is still right in front of us. That’s go out there and win the division, and make a run in these playoffs and try to win a championship. So, that doesn’t change. That’s not going to change at all.”

Dealing with front office turnover in December of a playoff season is not an ordinary position for a team to be in. Yet, here the Titans are.

While things feel like they are slowly unraveling, a win over Jacksonville on Sunday would eliminate the Jaguars from playoff contention, and effectively clinch the AFC South for Tennessee. That would guarantee them at least one home playoff game in Nashville.

There is still football to be played and a light at the end of the tunnel.

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