The Jacksonville Jaguars have announced that the team is parting ways with general manager Gene Smith. The Jaguars will honor the remaining two years on Smith’s contract.
“I met with Gene Smith this morning to inform him of my decision to go in a new direction and thank him for his dedication to the Jaguars since the inception of the franchise,” owner Shahid Khan said. “I am personally appreciative for his efforts during my first season of ownership in the NFL. Gene is a good man with a long career ahead of him in football, and I know this season was as difficult for him as anyone with our organization. I sincerely wish Gene and his family the very best, today and always."
Khan's first year with the team has been a struggle, starting with star running back Maurice Jones-Drew's preseason holdout, and culminating with a 2-14 finish, and injuries to Jones-Drew and quarterback Blaine Gabbert.
Khan will immediately begin his search for a new general manager, but ...