First word from Titans' Tommy Smith

The Tennessee Titans just issued a statement from Tommy Smith, son-in-law of Bud Adams, who passed away last week.

We want to thank all of the friends, family and fans who have reached out to us over the past week to give their condolences and share their stories. It has been a difficult week for all of us and those conversations and letters have kept us going.

As for the Titans organization, we are moving forward with the same goals and a similar structure. As a family, we have agreed that I will be President and CEO of the Titans; and additionally Susie Adams Smith and Amy Adams Hunt will serve as Co-Chairpersons and Kenneth Adams IV will join the Titans board as a Director.

As an organization, we started the year with a plan and we will continue to work towards the goals we have laid out, including a winning season, the playoffs and ultimately building a consistent winner. Through the years, our families and I have been consistently updated on all aspects of the organization from football operations to the business side from those who run those areas and we will continue those interactions on a daily basis. We will be taking all the necessary steps, in concert with the league office, to remain in compliance with league rules in our ownership structure. That process will not be immediate, but it has begun. Until we gain that approval, we will stay out of the spotlight, but know that we are directing the organization and staying informed of daily activities. The continuity and knowledge I have gained in decades of being involved with the team will aid our organization during this transition.

We want our fans to know that we have the best interest of the franchise in mind and we share both Bud’s passion for the game and his commitment to the city of Nashville and the Mid-South Region. We are excited for what lies ahead for this franchise and our fans.

Nothing in there is a surprise, though the prevailing wisdom was that the family might stay quiet and not even announce details about the official structure.

Titans fans should be encouraged that Smith and the three families decided to communicate with them in this fashion.

The popular question concerns what degree of change we will see.

I don't expect anything quick or drastic. The rest of the season could change things, but coach Mike Munchak, general manager Ruston Webster and the team's top non-football executive, Don MacLachlan, all appear to be in good standing with Smith.

Munchak was one of two people to give eulogies at Adams' memorial in Houston on Monday. That's hardly a role the family would hand someone it was thinking of firing from his prominent role with the patriarch's team.