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When news broke, Mike Reinfeldt hadn’t been told he was fired

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Earlier today, Titans owner Bud Adams told Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean that senior executive V.P. and COO Mike Reinfeldt has been fired.

That was news to Mike Reinfeldt.

Per a league source, Reinfeldt was working — and continued to work — after news broke that he will be taking the fall for the performance of the team in 2012.

Reinfeldt has since been informed of his fate.  He issued the following statement, via ESPN.com:  “Although I am extremely disappointed in the decision, I thank Mr. Adams for the opportunity over the last six years. Having moved into this expanded role in February, I’m not only proud that we are on pace for a successful financial year, but confident that Ruston [Webster] and Mike [Munchak] have made significant strides on the football field and are a move or two away from taking the next step. I certainly understand and share in the frustration of Mr. Adams and all Titans fans, there are a great deal of good people here and patience is probably prudent at this point.  I have supported this franchise as a player and executive and wish it nothing but success in the future.”

It still makes no sense for Reinfeldt to go and Webster and Munchak to stay, especially since (as Reinfeldt adroitly pointed out) his job in 2012 entailed portions of the business operations.  One league source has suggested that Adams, who is now 90 years old, may not have realized or remembered that Reinfeldt no longer is the General Manager.

Regardless, Reinfeldt’s job was the only one lost in Nashville.  Eventually.

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40 Responses to “When news broke, Mike Reinfeldt hadn’t been told he was fired”
  1. jakec4 says: Dec 31, 2012 7:12 PM

    Bud Adams wants to go hard after that player Dan Marino that he’s heard so much about. Thinks he would be a great QB for years to come for the Titans, and he’s ready to pay whatever it takes to get him away from the Dolphins.

  2. footballgod87 says: Dec 31, 2012 7:17 PM

    Well, he is classier than his buffoon of a former boss, that’s for sure

  3. mrbigass says: Dec 31, 2012 7:19 PM

    He still thinks he signed Peyton…….

  4. thepoliticalfirebrand says: Dec 31, 2012 7:20 PM

    Bud Adams: Where’s that Young guy? I want to draft him again!

  5. cosanostra71 says: Dec 31, 2012 7:22 PM

    “One league source has suggested that Adams, who is now 90 years old, may not have realized or remembered that Reinfeldt no longer is the General Manager.”

    Ouch.

  6. jhorton83 says: Dec 31, 2012 7:24 PM

    One league source has suggested that Adams, who is now 90 years old, may not have realized or remembered that Reinfeldt no longer is the General Manager.
    ————————————————————–

    That sounds about right. At some point, the league needs to step in and force Bud Adams and Ralph Wilson to relinquish control of the franchise. When you’re 90+ years old, you can’t make sound decisions in the best interest of the franchise. They need somebody to make decisions for them.

  7. jdhein22 says: Dec 31, 2012 7:24 PM

    Pretty sure the Packers, Seahawks, 49ers, and Raiders will be interested in Reinfeldt, in some role. Regarded highly in the Packers organization before leaving.

  8. surly1n1nd1anapol1s says: Dec 31, 2012 7:28 PM

    Bud Adams is a joke. Clearly if he fires you, you can be confident of your own competence.

  9. pacificnw7722 says: Dec 31, 2012 7:39 PM

    Bud Adams: “Make sure you send a picture of me flipping him off after the firing.”

  10. atwatercrushesokoye says: Dec 31, 2012 7:41 PM

    Poor guy, you hope he lands on his feet with another team. It’s one thing to be fired if you’re doing a poor job but to be fired cause the senile owner forgot that he promoted you is rough.

  11. bert1913 says: Dec 31, 2012 7:51 PM

    When Mike Reinfeldt picked Jake Locker with the 8th overall pick, you knew his time would be short as GM of the Titans.

  12. Bob says: Dec 31, 2012 7:57 PM

    Bud Adams is a joke. Don’t blame senility because it’s an insult to senility. He was a joke before senility. He basically destroyed the Astrodome by threatening to leave Houston unless he got extra football seating. Then he left seven years later, anyway. Total joke. Mike Reinfeldt will be much better off at his next job.

  13. anrgydeafman says: Dec 31, 2012 8:02 PM

    Al Davis part 2

  14. baseballstars says: Dec 31, 2012 8:11 PM

    Unbelievable. This team has talent. The fact that it’s not transitioning to on-field results has to be laid on the steps of the coaching staff.

    Munchak is over his head. He should have been the first to go.

    I’m still thankful that Bud brought the franchise to Nashville, but the last decade (roughly) has been a test of patience for this fan base.

    Good luck selling Munchak to season ticket holders next year.

  15. kuya206 says: Dec 31, 2012 8:15 PM

    jdhein22 | Dec 31, 2012, 16:24 ‘ PST
    Pretty sure the Packers, Seahawks, 49ers, and Raiders will be interested in Reinfeldt, in some role. Regarded highly in the Packers organization before leaving.

    ====================

    Totally agree. He was great with managing the contracts while Holmgren was in Seattle. Look for him to find a job quickly.

  16. nomoreseasontix says: Dec 31, 2012 8:15 PM

    “Bud Adams: Where’s that Young guy? I want to draft him again!”
    ++++++++++++

    Laughed. Out loud….

    Nice job.

  17. packmangamble says: Dec 31, 2012 8:20 PM

    I don’t think we have a job for him in Green Bay but we’d take him back in a heartbeat. Very intelligent man. Would be a great asset for any team. Titans loss is somebody elses gain!

  18. speakerfothehouse says: Dec 31, 2012 8:26 PM

    I agree with all these comments.

    Bud Adams is a clown.

  19. mazblast says: Dec 31, 2012 8:29 PM

    jhorton83 says:

    One league source has suggested that Adams, who is now 90 years old, may not have realized or remembered that Reinfeldt no longer is the General Manager.
    ————————————————————–

    That sounds about right. At some point, the league needs to step in and force Bud Adams and Ralph Wilson to relinquish control of the franchise. When you’re 90+ years old, you can’t make sound decisions in the best interest of the franchise. They need somebody to make decisions for them.
    ——————————————
    I think Ralph Wilson still has a good mind in his head, while I’m not sure Bud Adams ever did. And don’t insult 90-year-olds, thank you very much. You can be sharp at 90, or an idiot while much younger (see Jones, Jerry and Snyder, Daniel, among many). The Great Roger Goodell Himself Live And In Person is way under 90, too, and his judgment can certainly also be called into question.

  20. rexgrossman8 says: Dec 31, 2012 8:57 PM

    This is one of the most impressive double single barrel salutes by BA.

    Still not as impressive as forcing VY Tequila on Jeff Fischer but close.

  21. jjbadd385 says: Dec 31, 2012 9:16 PM

    I’m sorry but Bud Adams just looks creepy, like he died and somebody forgot to bury him!! H’es pale white and just a creepy dood!!! And from the looks of this, ignorant as well…

  22. spideysdog says: Dec 31, 2012 9:18 PM

    so, you fire the COO who oversaw a profitAble year and keep the HC and GM who oversaw only the third team in NFL history to be mathematically eliminated from playoff contention by halftime of the third preseason game?

    yep. sounds about right. way to go bud.

  23. milkcan44 says: Dec 31, 2012 9:23 PM

    Doesn’t Bud have a 75-year son who can take over?

  24. hatesycophants says: Dec 31, 2012 9:41 PM

    The best test of whether or not an elderly person still has all of his/her faculties is his willingness to pass the torch. It is the owners who cling to power most likely to be suffering the effects of diminished capacity.

    Human beings degrade. Our minds and bodies degrade. It’s not an insult, it is a fact of life. The argument that there are some “sharp” 90 year olds is inane. Are there some 90 year olds who remember the names of all their grandchildren? Yes. Are there some 90 year olds who can still very slowly repeat actions they have executed hundreds of thousands of times? Yes. Are there any 90 year olds who should be the ultimat decision maker of a corporation valued in the hundreds of millions of dollars? Absolutely not.

  25. link49 says: Dec 31, 2012 10:05 PM

    Mr. Adams has the german beside him- Mr.
    Alzheimer’s

  26. cgsuddeath says: Dec 31, 2012 10:19 PM

    One of the Reasons Fisher left.

  27. brucetrimble says: Dec 31, 2012 10:46 PM

    Why would the NFL step in and relieve Adams of his duties due to age? Al Davis was a shadow of his former self more than a decade ago and the NFL did nothing while he ran the Raiders into the ground. That is the prerogative of the owner.

  28. 1971siebs says: Dec 31, 2012 10:50 PM

    Bud Adams is such an embarrassment to the league, the city, and to the organization. Not only because of this unprofessional handling of the dismissal of an employee, but in his behavior as an owner. Hey Mr. Commissioner, are you going to try and set a standard of behavior amongst your owners?

  29. denverscott says: Dec 31, 2012 10:54 PM

    Maybe Bud thought that Al Davis’ ashes were chocolate milk mix like Cartman on South Park.

  30. fm31970 says: Dec 31, 2012 10:57 PM

    Age has nothing to do with it– ego and skills as a boss do. They need more of one, and less of the other in Nashville, and I don’t think Munch was a great HC choice to begin with.

    It’s a shame ‘dinger is no longer with us, as he would’ve been the BEST choice to replace Jeff Fisher. ;-(

  31. sixjak says: Dec 31, 2012 11:06 PM

    Oops.

  32. Bob says: Dec 31, 2012 11:06 PM

    “And don’t insult 90-year-olds, thank you very much. You can be sharp at 90, or an idiot while much younger (see Jones, Jerry and Snyder, Daniel, among many). The Great Roger Goodell Himself Live And In Person is way under 90, too, and his judgment can certainly also be called into question.”

    Agreed. My grandfather lived until he was 98 and he was of sound mind until two days before he died. Bud Adams was a classless jerk way before he became a senior citizen.

  33. 1stngoal says: Dec 31, 2012 11:13 PM

    That’s a lame move on behalf of ownership. Mr. Reinfeldt is a real class act who deserved better. I hope he comes back to Green Bay and works for the Packers, where he will be much more appreciated…

  34. jeremycrowhurst says: Dec 31, 2012 11:16 PM

    After reading Jim Wyatt’s tweets of the news, it’s almost impossible to reach any conclusion other than that Adams thought he was firing the G.M., particularly given Reinfeldt’s promotion from GM to COO was earlier this year after five years as GM:

    “Adams on Munchak: ‘I think he is the right guy to get the job done. He just needs the right people around him.'”

    followed by: “Adams on Reinfeldt: ‘He had 2 years left on his deal but I thought we’d be better off without him. He is out.'”

  35. tinbender2000 says: Dec 31, 2012 11:40 PM

    Now where did I park my Football Team?

  36. belgaron says: Jan 1, 2013 12:27 AM

    Always a red flag when an organization doesn’t even have the class to inform its former employees before the media.

  37. raymondtx says: Jan 1, 2013 12:37 AM

    Bottom line Bud never changes. I almost feel sorry for Nashville. Almost.
    Btw, Happy new year all!

  38. jimmysee says: Jan 1, 2013 1:05 AM

    Got to believe the Packers have already been on the phone with Reinfeldt.

  39. ravenmuscle says: Jan 1, 2013 1:08 AM

    Maybe Bud Adams wanted to give Bum Phillips an extention too but forgot.

  40. irrelevantvoiceofreason says: Jan 1, 2013 5:27 AM

    denverscott says:
    Dec 31, 2012 10:54 PM
    Maybe Bud thought that Al Davis’ ashes were chocolate milk mix like Cartman on South Park.

    ——————————————————

    That is classic, needed that laugh after 12 hrs of work. That reference is really worth researching for those who don’t get it. Ah old people…

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