NASHVILLE, Tenn. –** Titans controlling owner Amy Adams Strunk took center stage on Thursday, and delivered several messages to season ticket members. Above all, Adams Strunk said the team is committed to winning. She's confident with the changes she made at the top, and the two men now in charge on the football side – general manager Jon Robinson and head coach Mike Mularkey.
"We are committed,'' Adams Strunk said of ownership. "The first big step I made, in making the coaching change (in November), shows the commitment. I mean, that was some serious money to move Ken (Whisenhunt) away. I just thought the changes needed to happen.
Titans owner Amy Adams Strunk, head coach Mike Mularkey, GM Jon Robinson, Titans players, alumni and cheerleaders were among those greeting season ticket members at Nashville's Music City Center. (Photos: Gary Glenn)
"We are going to continue to make changes, and continue to commit to whatever will make us a winning team. Jon knows some things that need to be done, Mike knows some things that need to be done. I have faith in those guys and I am ready to roll up our sleeves and get going on it."
Adams Strunk, Robinson and Mularkey all spoke to fans in a Q&A session with Titans radio play-by-play man Mike Keith at an exclusive event for Titans season ticket members on Thursday. Roughly 3,000 fans turned out for the event in the Grand Ballroom at the Music City Center in downtown Nashville.
Another event was held on Thursday night.
Adams Strunk mingled with fans after both sessions. She signed autographs and took pictures (some fans took selfies with her), and individually thanked fans for sticking with the team. Some even made suggestions on which player the Titans should take with the No.1 pick in the NFL Draft. Adams Strunk said she'd pass the message to Robinson. The Titans are coming off a 3-13 season, and have won just five games in the last two seasons.
Adams Strunk elected to stick with Mularkey in January after naming him interim coach last November after firing Whisenhunt. She hired Robinson as general manager after opting not to renew Ruston Webster's contract.
"I am excited. I am excited about the changes, I am excited about the team's direction,'' Adams Strunk said. "I think it's time for the fans to get to know me a little bit. I felt like maybe I shouldn't make an appearance until I had a good plan, until I felt we were turned around, and then I could give honest answers to the questions.
"These men are my choices, they are the ones I feel are going to move us forward and get us winning, which is what it is all about. We have to get to winning, and these guys are going to get us there and I am excited. I am very optimistic and can't wait for next year to start."
Adams Strunk, who appeared in a 10-minute interview on Titans Online last month, said she wants to be more visible moving forward. She wants fans to know when she speaks, she's going to be honest, and direct.
She had to exercise patience during a long and frustration season, she said.
"It was very tough. Being a new face, a new owner a new decision-maker, I knew that you can't come into the season and start making crazy changes,'' she said. "As the season went on last year I saw there were changes I need to make."
One more thing Adams Strunk made clear to the crowd:
"The team is not for sale,'' she said.
It was greeted by applause as she walked off the stage. She hopes to hear more cheering at Nissan Stadium this fall.