Titans fire Lake Dawson

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Tennessee Titans have fired vice president of player personnel Lake Dawson and streamlined their football administration.

The Titans announced the moves Friday.

General manager Ruston Webster also announced that both Blake Beddingfield, the Titans' director of college scouting, and Brian Gardner, their pro scouting coordinator, will report directly to Webster.

"This was not an easy decision, and I want to thank Lake for his time with the team," Webster said in a statement. "This new structure will help us streamline things from both the college and pro perspectives. We will move forward without a VP of Player Personnel and the college and pro sides will report directly to me."

A wide receiver who played six years in the NFL, Dawson had been with the Titans since 2007, starting as director of pro personnel before being promoted to vice president of football operations in 2011.

He had been linked to some general manager openings in recent offseasons, including the Chicago Bears this year.