Titans’ promotions include new GM
Posted: Thursday, January 19, 2012 7:00 pm
By TERESA M. WALKER
AP Sports Writer
NASHVILLE (AP) — Owner Bud Adams feels the Tennessee Titans are back on track compared to the turmoil of a year ago, so he has rewarded his front office with three key promotions, including a new general manager.
Adams announced Wednesday general manager Mike Reinfeldt now is senior executive vice president and chief operating officer with Ruston Webster promoted to general manager and Lake Dawson to vice president of player personnel.
Reinfeldt had been general manager the past five seasons. Webster was vice president of player personnel the past two seasons after being hired away from Seattle. Both Webster and Dawson had been mentioned as possible general manager candidates around the NFL over the past two weeks, and Dawson interviewed last week with the Rams about their vacancy.
“We have done what I think is a nice job of stabilizing our football operation over the last year, and this will solidify our operation even further,” Adams said by telephone from Houston. “I like where things are headed, and this stability will allow our team to continue growing together. I know these moves will make our organization a better one.”
A year ago, the Titans were coming off a 6-10 season with Adams deciding to release quarterback Vince Young and part with coach Jeff Fisher after 17 years. Now the Titans just went 9-7 in Mike Munchak’s debut season as head coach with a strong rookie class and key free agent signees like quarterback Matt Hasselbeck after the NFL lockout. They also have more than $30 million in salary cap space.
Adams made it clear he wants one person reporting directly to him. That had been senior executive vice president Steve Underwood, but he retired last August. Now it will be Reinfeldt, who played for Adams with the then-Houston Oilers between 1976 and 1983. Reinfeldt said the decision became a natural move for the franchise once the season ended with his move allowing him to deal with the entire franchise.
“We’ve got a group that really works well together,” Reinfeldt said. “I think what happens in this league when you have success, you start losing your good people, and this helps us keep our good people together.”
After his playing days as an NFL safety, Reinfeldt was chief financial officer of the then-Los Angeles Raiders between 1985 and 1987. He also was an associate athletic director at the USC before returning to the NFL with Green Bay between 1991 and 1998. He was in Seattle as a senior vice president, then vice president of football operations.
Published in The Messenger 1.19.12