When the Tennessee Titans made the surprising move to fire general manager Jon Robinson on Tuesday, many around the NFL assumed there had to be friction between Robinson and head coach Mike Vrabel.
After all, it's rare to see a team positioned for its seventh straight winning season and fifth playoff berth in the past six years fire its general manager, and that seemed a logical explanation.
Sounds like that isn't it.
According to ESPN's Field Yates, Vrabel said Wednesday that he has a "great relationship" with Robinson.
Vrabel said he spoke "at length" with Robinson following his firing. He asked Robinson if he had any message for the locker room and he shared that with the team Wednesday.
"Mike Vrabel says he spoke at length with Jon Robinson last night, during which he thanked Robinson for the opportunity he has as Titans coach," Yates tweeted. "Also asked Jon if he had any message to the players and shared that with the players today. 'Jon and I have a great relationship.'”
Robinson hired Vrabel to replace Mike Mularkey following his first season as the Titans' GM. The team has gone 39-22 since.
Robinson's firing came after the Titans lost their second game in a row on Sunday, a 35-10 defeat at the hands of the Philadelphia Eagles.
However, the 7-5 Titans remain atop the AFC South, three games clear of the nearest pursuer.
A popular theory about Robinson's dismissal was that he and Vrabel had a disagreement about the decision to trade star wide receiver A.J. Brown on NFL Draft night. Brown caught eight passes for 119 yards and two touchdowns in his return to Nashville on Sunday.
While Brown's performance could still have had something to do with Robinson's firing, it sure doesn't sound like Vrabel asked for it, assuming Vrabel is telling the truth.
We'll continue to monitor the situation to see if any more details emerge that provide clarity about the decision.