Titans fire G.M. Jon Robinson

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On Sunday, receiver A.J. Brown ripped through his former team, catching eight passes for 119 yards and two touchdowns as the Eagles beat the Titans 35-10.

Now on Tuesday, the man who traded Brown away has lost his job.

The Titans have fired Jon Robinson, the team announced on Tuesday.

“Since becoming controlling owner in 2015, my goal has been to raise the standard for what is expected in all facets of our organization,” team owner Amy Adams Strunk said in a statement released by the team. “I believe we have made significant progress both on and off the field through investments in leadership, personnel, and new ideas. This progress includes the core of our business, the football team itself, which is regularly evaluated both by results (wins and losses) and team construction/roster building. I am proud of what we have accomplished in my eight seasons of ownership, but I believe there is more to be done and higher aspirations to be met.

“I want to thank Jon for his dedicated work to set this organization on an upward trajectory and I wish him and his family the best.”

Robinson had been with Tennessee since 2016, compiling a 66-43 record and winning the last two AFC South titles over that span.

Since Mike Vrabel took over as head coach in 2018, the club is 48-29.

The Titans are currently 7-5 and are poised to win a third straight division championship. But Tennessee’s offense has regressed to 29th in yards and 26th in points in 2022 after finishing 17th and 15th in the same categories last season.

Tennessee announced vice president of player personnel Ryan Cowden will assume Robinson’s responsibilities for the rest of the season. The club will begin its search for a new G.M. after the season is over.

74 responses to “Titans fire G.M. Jon Robinson

  1. Ha. I saw a TilTok where Bird’s fan were harassing the Titans’ owners box at the Linc. The whole time the fans ripped them for trading AJ. I’m sure a head had to roll after that experience and the AJ show.

  2. From everything I’ve seen as an outsider as a Bills fan; it 100% looked like Robinson traded AJ Brown without talking to Vrabel about it and he was shocked.

  3. Wow didn’t see that one coming.

    Vrabel’s about to be one of the most attractive coaches on the market if the GM wants their own Head Coach.

  4. Please let Mickey Loomis of the Saints be next to get fired. The Saints can no longer rest on the laurels of the 2010 Super Bowl Championship team. All of those dudes are gone! And Loomis has ridden that donkey much too long! And it’s time for Dennis Allen, Pete Carmichael, and Andy Dalton to get bounced too! I can’t believe how the team has become excellent with mediocrity after all of the past recent successes.

  5. This is not just about A.J. Brown. This is about several lackluster draft picks and free agent moves over the last several years. This is called being held accountable.

  6. Thank you, Jon Robinson!! We Eagles fans will definitely chip in and buy you a complimentary Eagles Super Bowl ring! Couldn’t have done it without your help!

  7. In addition he never upgraded the QB position.
    Good luck with Turnoverhill in the postseason.

  8. Titans fire their GM for trading one of their star players but otherwise having a solid roster.

    Colts give their GM a raise for drafting 3 or 4 ok players in 5 years while raiding other teams practice squads for starters resulting in running off QB after QB and blaming the coach.

    You can tell which team has the better ownership.

  9. Who, in their right mind, would let a guy like A.J. Brown get away? He is one of the best WR’s in the NFL. The guy deserves to be fired. Brown lit the Titans up on Sunday for good measure.

  10. Here we go again,…. an owner meddling with the team management who were hired by ownership because they know what they’re doing. I suppose Vrable and his staff are next. A new GM wants his head coach choice,… not the leftovers.

  11. This strikes me as a “dump your attractive girlfriend because you *think* you can get someone better… but then can’t” kind of deals.

  12. It’s a miracle this team has won as many games as it has, and it’s because of Vrabel. Blown picks, mind-blowingly bad Brown trade. Robinson run his course years ago but Vrabel has saved his job. Not anymore.

  13. It’s about more than the AJ trade (though, they definitely didn’t get enough from him). They also signed Robert Woods, drafted more than a few clunkers, and the backup plan for Tannehill is not promising.

  14. Their offense is definitely poor (never been that great, basically win via running and tough D. Henry is clearly past his prime), so time for heads to roll.

  15. Bout time! Drafting hood ornaments while overpaying people, all
    eggs in one basket, while draft whiffing, compromises the roster build.

    I could never figure out why BB proteges don’t take the cap more seriously.

    Why oh why you drafted AJ Brown when you put too much money into the qb and rb.

    It’s easy to draft the hood ornaments. It’s harder to build a full team with depth, etc.

  16. Like was said above, this isn’t the result of one trade. The track record just isn’t good when you look at their personnel decisions over the past few years.

  17. Scott Terner says:
    December 6, 2022 at 12:35 pm
    Thank you, Jon Robinson!! We Eagles fans will definitely chip in and buy you a complimentary Eagles Super Bowl ring! Couldn’t have done it without your help!

    A lot of football left to be played and whoever comes out of the AFC will be favored in the Super Bowl.

  18. Most new GMs want their own people but it would be foolish for the new GM to fire Mike Vrabel, who is an excellent head coach and strategist. Their best approach is to bring someone who can work well with Vrabel.

  19. The jury is still out on Treylon Burks, but he’s definitely no Justin Jefferson. The Vikings made off better than the Titans when trading a star wide receiver away.

  20. eaglesfan22 says:
    December 6, 2022 at 12:23 pm
    AJ Brown got that man FIRED!

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    With the timing of the firing I don’t think anyone will disagree with you. AJ outscored the entire Titans offense yesterday. Not often the GM of a 1st place team get’s fired.

    Whatever the question is, Tannehill is not the answer.

  21. They didn’t fire him because of that one trade. It’s not like they gave him away. WRs are easy to re-draft. Burks looks like a keeper and a poor man’s Brown. Also, Brown is a stud but he doesn’t look like a player who’s going to age well. He’s a guy I can easily see hitting the wall hard in a year or two and once the speed goes, he’ll be cooked.

  22. For every good move he is has made he has a move that was a disaster. His top of the draft picks have been terrible for 5 years. He has missed on nearly every #1 – Jeffrey Simmons the exception. He took a top 10 team to bottom 10 this year. Vrabel, grit and schedule are the only reason they are 7-5. Came into this year with a terrible offensive line for a team that has Derek Henry. And nobody for Tannehill to throw it to. The team starts Geoff Swaim at tight end for hells sake. Oh and he should have forced Vrabel to fire Downing after the DUI. Amy is doing the right thing here.

  23. If this wasn’t about AJ Brown they would have waited until after the season. Pay your great players regardless of position and don’t overpay your average ones like Tannehill.

  24. With the timing, it must be about AJ. Draft picks haven’t been great, especially 1st rounders. But the Titans were the #1 seed last season. I remember 4 wins seasons not in the distant past.

  25. It wasn’t just the AJ Brown trade that caused this. The offence for the past couple of seasons has suffered a talent drain at receiver and he did little to improve that. Both at WR and TE, they’ve gotten significantly worse the past few years with significant losses of not just budding stars like Brown but also useful complementary players like Corey Davis and Jonnu Smith.

  26. Robinson can come work for the Eagles any day. In fact, he already was working for the Eagles.

  27. Vrabel’s about to be one of the most attractive coaches on the market if the GM wants their own Head Coach.

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    I would hope that the new GM sees the value Vrabel brings and keeps him and then works with him. Vrabel is an excellent coach.

  28. Haha wow, the ultimate revenge nfl style. AJ Brown literally got a guy with a first place team coming off back to back division titles fired. I get this was just the last straw and there are other things at work but he’s around, likely for the rest of the season minimally, if the titans would’ve won or at least been competitive against Brown

  29. Green Bay needs a GM, someone who would notice that he has an MVP QB and no wide receivers. Or…come to Jacksonville and replace the stooge (Baalke) we have.

  30. Vrabel’s about to be one of the most attractive coaches on the market if the GM wants their own Head Coach.
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    Ohio State after Georgia drops Day on his head and gets him fired.

  31. So the coaches aren’t making the proper adjustments and the players aren’t executing the plays and they don’t fire/cut the people responsible they fire the GM, sounds about right!

  32. Knee jerk reaction by an inexperienced owner. Some organizations don’t want to guarantee 49 mil to a WR when you can draft one and guarantee 14 mil. Titans contend every year. They sent 4 players to the Pro Bowl. Robinson hired Vrabel, a top 5 HC. One of the toughest teams in the league, who nobody wants to see in the playoffs. About to win another division title. Some people just don’t get it. SMH.

  33. Titans fans best get ready for a rough few years. Unless the owner knocks the next selection for GM outa the park, your team is going to take a step back before moving forward again; if it moves forward again.
    New GM’s rarely like working with the existing structure and personnel they inherit. They always want to rebuild everything in their image, for good and ill. Many never heard of “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Everyone in the Titan’s organization, no matter how successful, talented, and accomplished best be dusting off and updating their resumes. More than likely they’ll need them.

  34. Back to Foxboro he goes. Bill is only going to hire his merry yes men…especially if they’ve screwed the pooch after leaving the nest.

  35. dks99 says:
    December 6, 2022 at 1:46 pm
    Titans fans best get ready for a rough few years. Unless the owner knocks the next selection for GM outa the park, your team is going to take a step back before moving forward again; if it moves forward again.
    New GM’s rarely like working with the existing structure and personnel they inherit. They always want to rebuild everything in their image, for good and ill. Many never heard of “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Everyone in the Titan’s organization, no matter how successful, talented, and accomplished best be dusting off and updating their resumes. More than likely they’ll need them.

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    Yes front office people should be updating their resumes but only a true idiot would get rid of vrabel. I suppose it’s possible they hire a complete imbicile who completely cleans house but but more likely they hire someone committed to vrabel. Maybe someone with prior history with mike.

  36. jokersc says:
    December 6, 2022 at 1:18 pm
    Vrabel’s about to be one of the most attractive coaches on the market if the GM wants their own Head Coach.

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    I would hope that the new GM sees the value Vrabel brings and keeps him and then works with him. Vrabel is an excellent coach.
    ====================

    But isn’t Vrabel supposed to be some great defensive Guru? Then why does the Titans D look so bad, isn’t this something Vrabel should be all over and able to easily fix?

  37. tedmurph says:
    December 6, 2022 at 1:36 pm
    Knee jerk reaction by an inexperienced owner. Some organizations don’t want to guarantee 49 mil to a WR when you can draft one and guarantee 14 mil. Titans contend every year. They sent 4 players to the Pro Bowl. Robinson hired Vrabel, a top 5 HC. One of the toughest teams in the league, who nobody wants to see in the playoffs. About to win another division title. Some people just don’t get it. SMH.

    37Rate This

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    Except they have never really been a full team besides Henry. I mean, literally their whole offense is Henry with this Todd Gurley contract which is just dumb. If Henry and his 22 mil per goes down or is ineffective, they’re cooked.

    I do agree Robinson is a scapegoat here and the timing seems to be emotional, but they had no business developing Brown as they pay Tannehill and Henry and then need to pay Brown based on the market.

    It’d be like paying Andre Johnson and Arian Foster like Houston did and the disaster it was for years and years after. Too many eggs in one basket and they should be better than they are.

    They remind me of the Chargers. Nice regular season team, paper tiger in the playoffs.

  38. Ooh Wait, Wait, a millionaire in a suit was held accountable and lost his job today.
    Official response: Boo freakin’ Hoo.

  39. jakethesnake123 says:
    December 6, 2022 at 1:02 pm
    Scott Terner says:
    December 6, 2022 at 12:35 pm
    Thank you, Jon Robinson!! We Eagles fans will definitely chip in and buy you a complimentary Eagles Super Bowl ring! Couldn’t have done it without your help!

    A lot of football left to be played and whoever comes out of the AFC will be favored in the Super Bowl.

    _______________________________________________________________________

    There is a lot left to be played, and Philly is a bit overrated but no AFC team should be favored over the top NFC teams. Chiefs, Bengals and Bills have all looked streaky and not so great multiple times this year. Miami is just a wash. That team isn’t going to win anything.

  40. Not sure I’d want an owner to be so hands on. Unless this was a power play by Vrabel the next GM is going to have a built in excuse “he’s not my coach” and Vrabel will be next. If this was over the AJ Brown trade she should have vetoed it when it happened.

  41. Not sure why the Titans didn’t pay the kid. Eagles negotiated a new contract with him in under 15 minutes. Especially when you only have a so-so QB. Robinson might have learned that in NE. Don’t pay WRs.

  42. Eagles fans shouldn’t gloat over this. I say this as an Eagles fan. We could afford AJ Brown because we’re not paying our QB $40MM a year. I’m a fan of Howie Roseman but we’ll see what happens to our roster when our QB’s salary jumps to that range.

  43. Drafting Malik Willis was a bad pick

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    This is typical of fans. A 3rd round pick, that’s barely played, 2/3 of the way thru his rookie year. Please.

    Robinson ain’t going to Vegas. They just hired Ziegler.

  44. This infers that the owner didn’t sign off on the trade. I find that unlikely. The Adams Family (one D in this case) has never outsourced such decisions.

  45. whodatnhollywood says:
    December 6, 2022 at 12:30 pm
    Please let Mickey Loomis of the Saints be next to get fired. The Saints can no longer rest on the laurels of the 2010 Super Bowl Championship team. All of those dudes are gone! And Loomis has ridden that donkey much too long! And it’s time for Dennis Allen, Pete Carmichael, and Andy Dalton to get bounced too! I can’t believe how the team has become excellent with mediocrity after all of the past recent successes.

    Loomis might be next after trading away next years first to the Eagles. Howie is lighting it up, surprised any of the other GM’s even take his calls at this point.

  46. anyone thinking AJ Brown got jrob fired or that MIKE VRABEL is leaving is clueless! Vrabel will be the one to call the mo fo shots! wilson..Radunz,johnson,Dodd,Farley,Jones PLUS giving landry all that money and not brown did it NOT>>JUST>>AJ..Dont wanna hear about winning divisions. if luck and watson were still in division titans would be toast! vrabel held that team together with walk ons!

  47. I highly doubt this was just about the AJ trade — though that certainly turned out to be a bad look for him. GMs have pulled off far more detrimental trades, repeatedly, and kept their jobs with other teams for years.

  48. It appears that Vrabel won the power struggle that often exists between GM and coach when team performance unexpectedly suffers. Next up : Green Bay.

  49. I remember thinking that it was a horrible move to trade AJ Brown. Brown was basically the heart of their passing game. It made no sense Trading Brown put all of the pressure on Henry……and we now see what happens when teams focus on Henry.

  50. tedmurph says:
    December 6, 2022 at 1:36 pm

    Titans…[are a team] who nobody wants to see in the playoffs.”

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    Wow…it seems like this has become the most overused, cliché of a sports talk phrase just in the last 24 hours. The Titans have just lost big to the Eagles, lost to the Bengals, and barely squeaked by Denver a few weeks ago. I’m sure there are plenty of teams who would absolutely LOVE to play the Titans right now. If you’re going to use a cliché, at least use it correctly.

    As an Eagles fan, I can tell you, “contending every year” is football purgatory. And Robinson had no clue how to get his team out of it.

    Trading a proven, but-only-24-yr-old WR in his prime for the Eagles’ mid-first round pick was a losing proposition, because, yeah, they got a first round pick out of the trade, but it they *had* to use it to replace the player they just unloaded. That’s the very definition of how you stay in football purgatory. It was smart to get rid of Robinson.

  51. No, it’s not a cliche. When you can run the FB and are a tough physical team, nobody wants to play you in the playoffs. Burks was hurt, but his rookie numbers are about the same as Brown’s, over the same number of games. And they’re paying Burks 14. 4 mil for 4 years, with a 5th year option. As opposed to 40 mil guaranteed over 3 years for Brown. That cash could come in handy towards building a team. The Titans also got a 3rd round pick in the deal that they turned into 3 more picks. We shall see.

  52. Did the Titans at least get a ham sammich for AJ Brown? You have to remember that a snowflake was disrespected being sent to Philthy and he has had his game. He will now disappear.

  53. tedmurph says:
    December 6, 2022 at 5:27 pm
    No, it’s not a cliche. When you can run the FB and are a tough physical team, nobody wants to play you in the playoffs.

    I agree with you that the Titans’ defense is physical. But where’s their running game? Henry gets his shin tickled and he goes down; he rarely, if ever, fights for yardage when running between the tackles.

  54. When the money is on the table, I bet on Henry. Like the NFCSouth, The AFCSouth race has been over for a while. Because the other teams are a joke.

  55. Is trading Brown actually worse than Vrabel getting caught stealing from that Indiana Casino?

    Poor form Mrs. Adams.

  56. This wasn’t because of the AJ Brown trade. Come on people. There would be no GM’s left if every time a former player beat up on their old team. It happens all the time. That trade happened in April, this is Dec. The trade was about cap space. I think Vrable and the GM were not on the same page and one had to go.

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