mdi construction barNASHVILLE, Tenn. -- His daughter doesn’t remember why Bud Adams had such a hard line against sons working for their fathers with the Titans, but she knows he did.

“I don’t know where he got such a strong feeling on it,” Amy Adams Strunk said at the recent owners’ meetings. “But he did have a strong feeling on it.”StrunkOwners2

I think it came out of the Jeff Fisher-Floyd Reese era. Reese’s son worked with him in the front office in some sort of assistant capacity late in his Reese’s term as general manager.

Fisher tried to hire his son, Brandon, at the end of his tenure.

And Gregg Williams was a candidate to come back as defensive coordinator at one point but didn’t when the team would not also

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By John Glennon, guest columnist

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The hype surrounding Nashville Predators prospect Eeli Tolvanen is so great that one longtime team observer figured Tolvanen simply strolled across the Atlantic Ocean en route to Music City.

Alas, walking on water is one of the few things not on the lengthy resume of the 18 year-old Tolvanen, a Finnish native who signed his first NHL contract Thursday morning. The 2017 first-round pick is likely to make his Predators debut Saturday, when Nashville hosts the Buffalo Sabres.Tolvanen

(Photo: Tolvanen at developmental camp, courtesy Nashville Predators.)

Tolvanen's already made a huge impact on the professional hockey front this season, as he racked up 36 points (19 goals, 17 assists) in 49 games for his Jokerit team in Finland. It was the most productive season ever for a teenager in Russia's KHL, which is considered the second-best league in the world.

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IMG 0229Mike Mularkey had no bigger advocate than Amy Adams Strunk, and still, she signed off on firing him with a year left on his contract.

Mularkey and his staff failed to maximize what they had to work with, and he was simply too stubborn.

Yes, he took his team to consecutive 9-7 records with a playoff trip and a wild-card win in 2017.

Even so, the franchise decided he was not the right guy to take the Titans forward.

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mdi construction barORLANDO, Fla. – The third of the Titans and KSA Industries owned by Susie Adams Smith remains for sale but nothing is pending, according to Amy Adams Strunk.IMG 7412

“She has not sold it yet, but she would like to sell it,” Strunk said.

Strunk is either not liquid enough or doesn’t have enough to buy her sister out, but she also doesn’t feel like she needs to.

“If I could (I’d buy it), but I’m happy with where I am right now,” she said.

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mdi construction barORLANDO, Fla. -- Playbook authorship fascinates me.

Piecing together philosophies built from years in different places at different levels with different people and combining all that with a roster viewed only on film is a tough job.

There will be a lot of tinkering as the Titans go forward.

But while Mike Vrabel fulfilled his obligations as the owners' meetings, Dean Pees and Matt LaFleur continued to work on the Titans playbooks.

My video report:

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mdi construction barTitans 20th Season LogoORLANDO, Fla. -- It's come to my attention that you people are insane and any tiny nugget of uniform information will blow up.

I'm about to put that to the test as I made a bet.

Will a story that Jon Robinson's contract has been extended be more or less popular than the small thing I've learned through way too much poking and prodding around about the Titans' new uniforms?

They will be unveiled on April 4 in downtown Nashville.

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mdi construction barStrunkOwnersORLANDO, Fla. -- Jon Robinson and Mike Vrabel are working toward the same goal, and they are now doing it on the same timetable. 

Amy Adams Strunk told me at the NFL owners meetings that she signed Robinson to an extension three weeks or a month ago.

"I've put them on schedule," she said with a laugh.

Vrabel got a five-year deal through 2022. Robinson's initial deal ran through the 2019 draft but now matches Vrabel's.

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