Following the news that Titans president and CEO Tommy Smith was stepping down from his position with the team, Jason La Canfora reiterates that there is a “very good” chance that the Titans will sold in 2015.
- According to La Canfora, the top-two candidates to purchasing the franchise are Fred Smith (FedEx) and mega-billionaire David Tepper (Steelers minority owner).
- La Canfora has been reporting that the Titans could be sold for a while now, but the team has refuted that the idea publicly.
However, given today’s news, it makes you wonder if even more changes are coming for the Titans.
Smith said that he wasn’t able to do his job as effectively as he was been hoping.
“I have given this decision very careful thought, and while I dearly love the Titans and am proud of my active role with the franchise over many decades, I can’t serve two big roles as effectively as I had hoped,” Smith said. “My family, my long-term personal health and the ability to make sound daily decisions for two fine companies all came into play.
“We have made some moves within the Titans organization, both on and off the field, that I believe will bring some very positive immediate results,” Smith said. “There is a side of me that wishes I could continue to be heavily involved, but I will remain an avid Titans fan while leaving those decisions in the hands of professionals who are fully focused. My family and Adams Resources will get my full-time attention.”
Steve Underwood will take over on an interim-basis, but it makes you wonder who they will target in a long-term role.
Ian Rapoport reports that the new person in charge of the team will live in Nashville and this will be their only position.
Peyton Manning has come up as a potential candidate in the past to take on a similar role to the one John Elway has with the Broncos. Manning attended the University of Tennessee and his wife happens to be from the state.
One other thing to watch with the Titans is the job security of GM Ruston Webster and HC Ken Whisenhunt, who were both hired by Smith.
We’ll have more as the news is available.