January 04, 2016 - Aaron Wilson
Titans not renewing Ruston Webster's contract, Steve Underwood named team president
The Tennessee Titans won't renew general manager Ruston Webst's contract. They named Steve Underwood as president and chief executive officer on a permanent basis after being the interim previously. The Titans will begin conducting interviews this week as a part of the searches for the team’s vacant head coach and general manager positions, both of which will be led by Underwood. Interim head coach Mike Mularkey is a candidate for the permanent head coaching position, and he will be interviewed as a part of the head coach search process. Vice president of football administration Vin Marino will oversee the Titans’ football operations during the general manager search. “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 Controlling Owner and Co-Chairman of the Board of Directors 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.” Underwood is in his 35th year of service to the organization and served for four years and the team’s senior executive vice president and general counsel from 2008-11 until retiring in 2011. He rejoined the Titans as interim president and CEO in March 2015. “I am honored and humbled to be asked to continue to serve in this leadership role,” said Underwood. “We have a great deal of work to do to set up our franchise for long-term success, and we will continue to do everything in our power to move this organization forward. I believe brighter days are on the horizon for our franchise, and I am thankful for this opportunity.” Webster spent four seasons as the Titans’ general manager. “I want to thank the Titans organization for the opportunity to be their general manager over the last four seasons,” Webster said. “I have always had the best interests of the franchise in mind and did my best to move this franchise forward. The most important thing to me are the relationships I built within the building and the Nashville community. My family and I will be forever grateful, and we wish the franchise the best of luck in the future.” Follow me on Twitter: @AaronWilson_NFL Aaron Wilson covers the Texans for The Houston Chronicle.