NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The day Jon Robinson was hired as Titans General Manager last January, he vowed to work hard to build the team into a winner.
A year later, the Titans have already made great strides, and he's been rewarded.
The Titans have promoted Robinson to Executive Vice President/General Manager less than a year after he was originally hired as the team's General Manager. The promotion comes on the heels of a season which saw the Titans triple their win total to finish 9-7 -- the greatest turnaround in franchise history.
Robinson orchestrated a number of key trades last offseason before overseeing the selection of a draft class that produced big results for the Titans in 2016.
"Jon has done great work since his arrival to our organization and this is a way to recognize that fact," said Titans Controlling Owner Amy Adams Strunk. "His leadership and football acumen helped change our culture and improve our team. He and Mike (Mularkey) deserve a great deal of credit for our turnaround this year and I am hopeful that will continue this coming year and into the future. This is an acknowledgement of his work and it puts him on equal footing with others in the league who direct football operations."
The Titans hired Robinson January 14, 2016, after he previously worked with the Buccaneers and Patriots in the NFL.
"Amy called me today to talk about this promotion and I was truly humbled and grateful," said Robinson. "This organization means the world to me and I am working on a daily basis to make it better. I don't stand alone in this task of improving our team – from ownership, Mike and the coaches, the players who have bought in to our program, scouts and staff. We all have worked together to create a family and hopefully a culture of long-term success."
Among Robinson's biggest moves in the last year:
• Traded for running back DeMarco Murray, who led the AFC with 1,287 rushing yards in 2016. Robinson exchanged fourth-round draft picks with the Philadelphia Eagles to land Murray.
• The Titans parted with the first overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, giving up three total picks and getting back six selections. Two of the picks they received—a first-rounder and a third-rounder— are for 2017. Another two of the picks were used on running back Derrick Henry and defensive lineman Austin Johnson, and the other two selections were shipped to Cleveland to get in position to draft right tackle Jack Conklin. Conklin started all 16 games for the Titans in 2016.
• The 2016 draft class played a key role in the team's success this fall. Titans rookies played 3,552 snaps in 2016, which ranked in the top 10. The NFL average was 2,675 snaps.
• Robinson landed several key players in free agency, including receiver Rishard Matthews and center Ben Jones. Matthews led the team in receptions (65), receiving yards (945) and touchdowns (9). Jones was a tone-setter on an offensive line that allowed just 28 sacks and paced the way for the NFL's third-ranked rushing attack.
• Robinson also claimed guard Josh Kline off waivers, and he ended up starting 14 games in 2016.
TitansOnline.com looks back at GM Jon Robinson's first year with the Titans. (AP Photos)