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Titans fire G.M. Ruston Webster

Marcus Mariota, Ken Whisenhunt, Ruston Webster AP

The Tennessee Titans fired their head coach during the season, and now they’ve fired their General Manager on the first day of the offseason.

Titans G.M. Ruston Webster has been fired. The team announced the move today, along with the news that Steve Underwood has been permanently promoted to President and CEO.

“Today, I am glad to announce that Steve Underwood will be continuing in his role as our president and chief executive officer on a permanent basis,” said Titans owner Amy Adams Strunk. “I have had ongoing discussions with Steve on this issue for a while, and I feel his leadership is vital in order to move us forward. He has brought much-needed stability to our organization, and I look forward to progress that will be made under his leadership.

“Additionally, 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 we 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 have confirmed that Mike Mularkey, who finished the season as interim head coach after Ken Whisenhunt was fired, will be given an interview and remains a candidate to become head coach on a permanent basis.

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35 Responses to “Titans fire G.M. Ruston Webster”
  1. ReligionIsForIdiots says: Jan 4, 2016 12:25 PM

    And the coach…..

  2. jvw1982 says: Jan 4, 2016 12:27 PM

    He should have been the first to go…..should have forced the coach to continue to coach that bad team then fired him today….now lets see how you handle the next hire….

  3. gotitan says: Jan 4, 2016 12:27 PM

    Not enough cleaning. Not nearly. Keep sweeping!!

  4. smokehouse56 says: Jan 4, 2016 12:31 PM

    Chip, pick up the phone. There is a call from Steve Underwood on line 3.

  5. dothesankeyleg says: Jan 4, 2016 12:32 PM

    Here comes the chipper!

  6. hogue34 says: Jan 4, 2016 12:33 PM

    Finally! This should have been a pre-Whisenhunt move! We need to clean house top to bottom!
    Three names for head coach:
    Jim Schwartz
    Chuck Pagano
    Sean Payton

  7. headonaswivel says: Jan 4, 2016 12:33 PM

    As a Titans fan let me say “hell yes”!

    Tired of a GM who drafts athletes as opposed to good football players. That approach works sometimes, but more often that not it fails.

  8. billytodd2013blbaad says: Jan 4, 2016 12:34 PM

    a very long way from being an elite nfl franchise.

  9. whatnojets says: Jan 4, 2016 12:34 PM

    “Additionally, 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 we I have tremendous respect”

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    So, if you have so much respect, why did you fire him???

  10. kevinlawrencecantor says: Jan 4, 2016 12:36 PM

    There’s a GM named Chip Kelly available, from what I’ve heard. I usually don’t follow GM searches though.

  11. alonestartexan says: Jan 4, 2016 12:37 PM

    Schwartz, Pagano, and Payton (who is still under contract with the Saints)

    Aside from Payton (who isn’t available) you’re scraping the bottom of the barrel.

  12. wallabear says: Jan 4, 2016 12:38 PM

    Cleaning House in Tennessee, how nice. But it won’t be complete without taking Sensabaugh (No.24) and Wreh-Wilson (No.25) off the roster lol

  13. jrossizzle says: Jan 4, 2016 12:39 PM

    Your 2016 Tennessee Ducks!!

  14. vancouversportsbro says: Jan 4, 2016 12:40 PM

    There’s a GM named Chip Kelly available, from what I’ve heard. I usually don’t follow GM searches though.

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    The Titans roster is among the worst in the league. I would rather have someone who makes moves like a madman in Kelly as opposed to keeping that roster intact

  15. contender21open says: Jan 4, 2016 12:44 PM

    He wasn’t fired. His contract wasn’t renewed. There’s a difference.

  16. realfootballfan says: Jan 4, 2016 12:47 PM

    Seriously, they should bring Floyd Reese back. The team eroded and went into a ditch after he left as Jeff Fisher blew through bad drafts, and then Webster somehow did worse. Reese might pick you some knuckleheads, but he’s a good talent evaluator, as evidenced by even Belichick bringing him in to help with his scouting, which he never does with guys who already are in the league. He’ll also keep the clueless ownership from hiring a simple coach like Kelly or keeping Mularkey as HC, which isn’t the answer either.

  17. savethebs says: Jan 4, 2016 12:48 PM

    So glad this guy won’t be around to screw up our #1 pick. He is a terrible talent evaluator. Now just need to can Mularkey & get a real coach.

  18. dryzzt23 says: Jan 4, 2016 12:49 PM

    How “permanent” is “permanently” for Steve Underwood?

  19. phukurmouf says: Jan 4, 2016 12:49 PM

    Sell the team already u broad! Firings arent doing anything. She dont know what shes doing therefore holding the fans hostage. TITANS FANS STOP SHOWING UP TO GAMES THATS ONLY WAY TO GET CHANGE.

  20. realdealsteel says: Jan 4, 2016 12:51 PM

    Chuck Pagano would be a good hire.

  21. iman62 says: Jan 4, 2016 12:54 PM

    I really hoped they were promoting Frank Underwood.

  22. generationwalker says: Jan 4, 2016 12:58 PM

    Ruston Webster…I’ll forever remember him when he worked for the Seahawks under Tim Ruskell. Those weren’t very good times for the Hawks. They continually regressed until they were both out the door. This can only help the Titans going forward.

  23. bobbyhoying says: Jan 4, 2016 1:02 PM

    Kelly was a victim of the City of Negativity. They can’t wait to hire the next Andy Reid or Chip Kelly so they can enjoy firing him. Philly is modeling the Browns. Chip did not make moves that were as bad as represented. Maclin wanted to go home to Missouri and play for Andy Reid who drafted him. Jackson makes T.O. look like a goodwill ambassador. McCoy was O.K. in Buffalo. The rest of Kelly’s cuts did nothing or are on the street. He brought in Darren Sproles, Malcolm Jenkins, Walter Thurmond and the players who made their special teams great. His third round pick this year, Jordan Hicks was playing lights out until he was put on IR. Check his stats Tennessee writers. The O-Line was the problem and he would have fixed that in the next draft, but the writers and owner in Philly are too smart for that. They’ll start over with someone who goes to Philly for the money, knowing Howie Roseman will eventually get the guy fired. I vaguely remember the Eagles 1960 Championship when I was a kid. With their firing of Chip Kelly, I’m done with them.

  24. Rdog says: Jan 4, 2016 1:11 PM

    I think it was good to do this before hiring a coach. It appears that they may want to involve the new GM in the coaching search, which is good instead of doing it the other way around.

    And Steve Underwood is fine as President/CEO. I believe he won’t make any rushed decisions in this process. Also, I respect him after I saw him greeting fans and assisting the people working at the gates when the University of TN played Bowling Green at Nissan Stadium to open the college season, and I’ve seen him walking around the stadium several times this season. He’s not a football guy, but he seems to care, and I trust he will make smart choices.

  25. cybersqueak says: Jan 4, 2016 1:29 PM

    Webster was not fired. His contract expired without renewal. There is a big difference there. If the club cared about what fans thought then this guy would have been fired same day a Whisenhunt.

  26. a1b24312 says: Jan 4, 2016 1:31 PM

    Wonder if Howie Roseman would like it in TN? Total control there, Howie…

  27. 12brichandfamous says: Jan 4, 2016 1:34 PM

    Webster made himself irrelevant on the day they fired Ken Whisenhunt. Reporters had to ask if he was in the room and why he was not onstage.

    That is the definition of an out of touch boss. He needed to stand up and make himself accountable; he did not.

  28. savethebs says: Jan 4, 2016 1:50 PM

    Webster made himself irrelevant on the day they fired Ken Whisenhunt. Reporters had to ask if he was in the room and why he was not onstage.

    That is the definition of an out of touch boss. He needed to stand up and make himself accountable; he did not.

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    That’s because firing Whiz was not his decision. They didn’t want him to step up or speak. How many GMs get to hire 2 head coaches & draft 2 franchise QBs? This guy should have been gone with Munchak.

  29. pftmaniac says: Jan 4, 2016 2:18 PM

    I, for one, would love to see Chip Kelly’s offense with a legitimate triggerman like Mariota…

  30. flyeags says: Jan 4, 2016 2:49 PM

    Surely, Chip can sweet talk himself into this position.

  31. nflgtcfl says: Jan 4, 2016 3:03 PM

    I don’t think Chip lands in TEN. He will get Mariota killed with read options, based on the talent around him.

    Mariota has proven he can play a pro style offense and make all the throws. Haley had the main focus of limiting damage on Big Ben and you can see the benefits of focusing on that. Protecting Mariota is the best thing for TEN long term.

    Someone with limited throwing ability and a bigger build, like Kaep, needs a Kelly type coach to get the most return out of his career.

  32. titans4evr says: Jan 4, 2016 3:09 PM

    Hopefully the blue skies will return for the Titans franchise, I’m sure hoping they don’t decide Mularkey is the answer.

    Where do these retread moron coaches come from? so many people love football and there are so many smart people around the game, yet we consistently see guys like Mularkey and wisenhunt and tom Cable popping up places.

    Bah. At least this year is over for us.

  33. kfoyo808 says: Jan 4, 2016 3:22 PM

    Haley might be interesting 2nd chance candidate…certainly has offensive chops to help mold Mariota.

  34. bassplucker says: Jan 4, 2016 4:12 PM

    Not fired. Non-rehired.

  35. baldeagle6 says: Jan 4, 2016 7:37 PM

    Webster was Titans VP of Player Personnel in 2010-2011.

    He came to the Titans from the same job in Seattle.

    Was part of Titans front office bunch that drafted Jake Locker, from the U. of Washington in Seattle, in the first round and eighth overall in 2011.

    ‘Nuf said.

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