Titans president and CEO Tommy Smith is upset and embarrassed that his team is 2-10, Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean reports.
Smith is confident coach Ken Whisenhunt and general manager Ruston Webster are the right men to haul the franchise out of a terrible rut. What needs to change, according to Smith, is a roster that lacks quality depth — something that was exposed as injuries mounted in recent weeks.
“The roster is going to look a lot different next year,” Smith said Wednesday. “Players need to be playing to the best of their abilities right now, and that will determine their future. There may be some players whose contracts might be up, but that doesn’t mean they’re not going to be here. There may be some players with multiyear contracts, but that doesn’t mean they’re going to be here.
“I can assure you this: I am committed to making this thing right. And we are going to build a team that this town and the fans can be proud of. I am going to build an organization and a team that is going to be known for winning, not losing. People will say, ‘How can you say that with a 2-10 team?’ I know there is a lot of work to do. It’s taking longer than I hoped. But this thing is going to get fixed.”
“I am terribly disappointed for the fans. I know they’re not happy, and I am right there with them. I am disappointed, I am angry. I want to win, and I want to win now,” Smith said. “I want the fans to know I appreciate their support, and I know in these economic times money comes dearly and they have other options. But I am committed to getting this right for them, and sooner rather than later. …
“We understand the problems, we regret it. The reality is this is where we are right now. But trust me, we all want to carry the trophy and we are going to get there.”