NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – After finishing their season 3-13 on Sunday, the Tennessee Titans announced some major changes in its front office less than 24 hours later.
The Titans said Monday morning that longtime General Manager Ruston Webster’s contract with the team will not be renewed.
As the Titans continue their search for a permanent head coach and now GM, News 2 spoke with a former General Manager, who offered insight to the process.
Titans fans remember Floyd Reese as the GM during the team’s heyday. He filled the position for 12 years from 1994 to 2006.
“The problem with starting from scratch now is you are two weeks behind before you know it and that affects the quality and the person that you want, and it also affects the hiring of the staff he wants. The longer it goes for Mike, his chances increase,” he explained.
Reese continued, “When they start looking for a GM, I don’t know. There are two ways to go. You either go to the league and say, ‘Give me some names’ and they give you five names and you interview them and go from there, or you go to a headhunting service and they will come back with five or 10 names, or whatever it is you want.”
Reese now serves as a sports radio show host on Sports Night on 102.5 The Game.
“It sort of has hit rock bottom when you’ve had the record they had, you’re the number one pick in the draft,” said Sports Night co-host George Plaster. “You’re there for a reason because you haven’t been winning games.”
Plaster suggests that ownership spend more time in Nashville. Amy Adams Strunk lives in Texas and comes to Nashville for home games.
“The concept of, ‘well she comes to the games,’ well she’s in a suite. She doesn’t talk to anybody,” Plaster said. “That’s not going to get it done. This is much more important in Nashville than it is in most cities.”
New Titans president Steve Underwood, who shed his interim title Monday at the request of Strunk, did address a question about if Reese would be considered again for the GM position.
“Floyd is not on any of our candidate lists. Now, Floyd is someone that I admire greatly and that I had the privilege of working with for many years but we are not going to talk about individual candidates,” Underwood said.
Underwood said the search process for hiring a GM and a head coach will begin immediately.