Titans Controlling Owner and Co-Chairman of the Board of Directors Amy Adams Strunk released a statement on the news:
We are thrilled that Jon has agreed in principle to become our general manager. As we visited with Jon and researched his career, his proven track record for scouting talent, leadership skills, and ability to build relationships make him an ideal candidate to lead our football operation. Jon is a proud Tennessean who is excited to be coming home, and we look forward to the future of our football team under his leadership.
The Titans' GM spot became available when the team announced after the regular season that Ruston Webster would not return after three years on the job.
According to TitansOnline.com, Strunk cited a lack of progress in recent years as the reason behind the decision to part ways with Webster:
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 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.
The Titans haven't made the playoffs since 2008 and have won just five games over the past two seasons, but there is finally some semblance of hope for the future of the franchise.
With the top pick in its possession and quarterback Marcus Mariota looking like the real deal, Tennessee has a chance to turn things around in short order, provided it makes the right moves at head coach and in free agency.
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