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Mularkey and Robinson taking significant steps towards rebuilding Titans culture

New Titans GM Jon Robinson has a big decision on his hands when it comes to what to do with the first overall pick in the NFL draft. PHOTO BY DONN JONES, COURTESY TENNESSEE TITANS

I was convinced that the Tennessee Titans made a mistake in hiring Mike Mularkey as the team’s head coach.

But now, it simply is what it is. Mularkey is the head coach, and he’s not going anywhere for the foreseeable future.

So, really the best thing you can do is embrace it. And maybe it’s what Mularkey is embracing that is at least a step in the right direction for a franchise that has been in turmoil.

Mike Mularkey finds himself in tough spot as new Titans head coach. PHOTO BY MATTHEW MAXEY

Mike Mularkey finds himself in tough spot as new Titans head coach. PHOTO BY MATTHEW MAXEY

This past week, Jim Wyatt of TitansOnline.com detailed Mularkey and new Titans general manager Jon Robinson’s message to former players at a Titans Alumni Meet and Greet.

Mularkey’s message was loud and clear.

It is important you guys know you are involved. There will be a lot of change around here, and you guys are a part of it. And our relationship with you guys is very important. If you want to come to practice, come to practice. If you want to come out here and have lunch with the players, come on out. We want you to be involved.”

Whether you like the Mularkey hire or not, that’s the language you want to hear from your team’s leader.

Mularkey and Robinson are embracing the past. They’re embracing a time when the Titans franchise wasn’t staring at a top five draft pick year after year.

That’s a good thing. Not only does it remind fans that success is possible with this team, but it also allows these former players to play a role in trying to get things back on track.

Players like Blaine Bishop and Derrick Mason were a part of those Titans teams that were absolutely relentless in pursuit of being among the best that the NFL had to offer. They understood the steps necessary to get to the top of this league.

Those are the kind of players you want interacting with the current roster. Players that had that winner’s mentality. Players that were tough in every facet of the game.

And it’s nice to see the organization finally give the proper respect to the players that helped build the foundation. Even if the foundation is on shaky ground these days.

The Titans have to start moving in the right direction. There’s no other choice. There’s only so much further down this franchise can go.

New Titans general manager Jon Robinson is exactly what the franchise has been looking for. PHOTO BY DONN JONES, COURTESY TENNESSEE TITANS

New Titans general manager Jon Robinson is exactly what the franchise has been looking for. PHOTO BY DONN JONES, COURTESY TENNESSEE TITANS

Reaching out and stressing the importance of those with past success is an excellent move. It shows fans that Mularkey and Robinson are committed to removing this team from the bottom of the league.

That’s really all that fans can ask for right now.

No games are played in the offseason. Winning games isn’t possible. So it’s up to the Titans front office to find ways to change the perception of this franchise.

People love many of these former players that were a huge part of creating the NFL buzz around Nashville. Bringing them back into the mix is the right idea.

It’s an idea that makes you wonder if many of us will be proven wrong by the Mularkey/Robinson regime.

Perhaps the organization finally has people in place that truly get it. The jury is still out when it comes to the ownership, but maybe, just maybe, the Mularkey and Robinson combo will get the job done.

It’s early. It’ll be a while before it all plays out. And again, winning on the field is really what matters most.

But for now, maybe we should embrace the process.

Because Mularkey and Robinson might just know what they’re doing.

Blake Lovell covers the Titans for Sports and Entertainment Nashville. You can follow him on Twitter @theblakelovell.