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Two Titans scouts out as Jon Robinson begins makeover

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- With the draft over, tis the season for scouting department renovations.

They are underway for new Tennessee Titans general manager Jon Robinson. Two of the team’s scouts, Mike Yowarsky and Marv Sunderland, have been informed they will not return.

It’s not clear if they had expiring contracts.

Yowarsky was with the Titans for three seasons. He scouted a large share of the South for the Titans, not including Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas and Mississippi.

In 2014, he helped the Titans land inside linebacker Avery Williamson in the fifth round, and Williamson has blossomed into an every-down player.

While he worked for the Seattle Seahawks, he had a hand in drafting safety Kam Chancellor.

Sunderland has scouted for 39 years, the last nine with the Titans. He oversaw the West region. He had a hand in draft hits Jurrell Casey and Alterraun Verner and in draft misses Bishop Sankey and Jake Locker.

Sunderland took the news graciously.

"It is the ugly part of the game, but new leadership has the prerogative to make changes," Sunderland told ESPN. "The Titans will be much better next fall and are headed in the right direction. Would I prefer to be there to watch Marcus [Mariota] and the team flourish? Absolutely. But Jon has control of the football part of it and I'm sure he wants his own people.

"He ran a good draft and the new draft picks should represent themselves very well."