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Jaguars announce GM Gene Smith fired

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The Jaguars have made it official, announcing the firing of general manager Gene Smith Monday morning.

“Now it is time for the Jacksonville Jaguars to begin a new chapter,” Jaguars owner Shad Khan said in a statement. “We’re not looking back. I’ve made it clear from Day One that we pledge nothing less than to deliver the first Super Bowl championship to Jacksonville.”

“Our fans have been remarkably loyal over the years, n they were truly outstanding this past season.We simply must do better for [ou]r fans

There’s been no word yet on a timetable, or the future of coach Mike Mularkey, though any GM candidate might reasonably want to hire his own guy.

Of course, there might also be pressure on those candidates to bring in a certain quarterback, something those candidates will have to weigh whether they want their name attached to.

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22 Responses to “Jaguars announce GM Gene Smith fired”
  1. reed20fence says: Dec 31, 2012 8:27 AM

    Kudos to Handlebars for sticking to his word and having the decency to announce the firing himself.

  2. section112 says: Dec 31, 2012 8:32 AM

    about time….Let the era of Kahn begin !!!!!

  3. mgavin78 says: Dec 31, 2012 8:38 AM

    Thank god he is out 3 years to late!
    Go jags!!!

  4. bdawk20 says: Dec 31, 2012 8:38 AM

    If Khan thinks Tebow is the answer, then bringing Jax their first Super Bowl is not going to happen

  5. jm91rs says: Dec 31, 2012 8:42 AM

    Understand that the entire team needs to be rebuilt. Build through the Draft. Henne is capable of leading a mediocre team to mediocre results, and that’s all you can expect in the short term. Don’t reach on another QB, wait a year or two when the crop of rookie QB’s is a lot better.

    Also, see if you can get some draft picks for MJD. He’s not enough to win games by himself, so set him free and get something for him.

  6. mrcogburn says: Dec 31, 2012 8:44 AM

    It doesn’t matter.

  7. kayakattack says: Dec 31, 2012 8:50 AM

    I just hope Mularkey is next…

  8. maddenisfordorks says: Dec 31, 2012 8:52 AM

    Ding dong … the witch is dead.

  9. marty2020 says: Dec 31, 2012 9:06 AM

    “Our fans have been remarkably loyal over the years, n they were truly outstanding this past season.We simply must do better for [ou]r fans..”

    Average attendance almost 65,000 per game. That’s not bad for a 2-14 team.

  10. jagtiger says: Dec 31, 2012 9:09 AM

    I assume that Mr. Khan is too smart to bring pressure on a new GM to bring in a certain quarterback along with the his circus environment. This team and city does not need that at all. The Jaguars need to bring in an outside GM and new coaching staff. Winning will fill the seats, it is questionable another 3rd string QB on the roster would, in fact, result in additional ticket sells or just result in the clown environment that the Jets have suffered through all year.

  11. jimthebuilder27 says: Dec 31, 2012 9:11 AM

    The right move. Blaine Gabbert was an awful pick and set the franchise back, plus other atrocious moves.

  12. steelernationisthepinnacleofexistenceyouarenothing says: Dec 31, 2012 9:21 AM

    This should put the Jags over the top. Right?

  13. dirtysouthironmen says: Dec 31, 2012 9:21 AM

    Good Job Kahn, now work the trade for Alex Smith.

  14. razzlejag says: Dec 31, 2012 9:21 AM

    Good man, good scout; not a good GM. Mr. Khan is staying true to his word.

    Not bad being a Jags fan these days, better things are coming and I’ve got great seats for it.

  15. jbaxt says: Dec 31, 2012 9:31 AM

    Loyalty? If Loyalty gets a owner to fire a guy for being horrible then Clark Hunt has no loyalty to his fans. Pioli should’ve been fired the second after the Broncos game. The KC fans deserve better.

  16. zoxitic says: Dec 31, 2012 9:46 AM

    The perception that Jacksonville doesnt support its team needs to end now.

    We averaged 65k a game to watch this pitiful team.

    We were 2-13 and we had 70,000 in the stands. (yes, even with tarps you ignorant fools)

    No blackouts since 2009.

    Anybody at this point saying that Jacksonville doesnt support their team is either a hater or ignorant. Which one are you?

  17. punkyqb says: Dec 31, 2012 9:50 AM

    Vick to the Jags.

  18. jcjaguar says: Dec 31, 2012 10:05 AM

    Agreed….Glad he is gone. Nobody could question his quality as a person or his work ethic. He was somewhat arrogant in responses to questions about his draft picks. I was past time for him to go…the team got progressively worse during his tenure.

  19. realfootballfan says: Dec 31, 2012 10:31 AM

    Gene Smith was incompentent from the start, and why Wayne Weaver insisted that he be kept when he sold the team a year ago just set this franchise back a year.

    The Gabbert pick can finally be moved on from. I said it at the time, if Shanahan who I do think has as good of an eye for QB talent as you’ll get passed on him, he wasn’t that worth taking, but the Jaguar fans thought they got a steal somehow.

    Just be happy that the new rookie scale allows you to dump busts like this relatively quickly now.

  20. tsi431 says: Dec 31, 2012 1:32 PM

    Jacksonville has an NFL team? Who knew?

  21. thegreatgabbert says: Dec 31, 2012 2:28 PM

    Smith wasn’t just bad as Jags G.M. and prior to that head of scouting. He was spectacularly bad. Five top 10 draft picks in a row, and the team has it’s worst record in history at the end of it.

    I don’t know that Shad Khan is set on reacquiring Tebow, I think he realizes that Gabbert will be a better QB in the long run. For the poster saying that Blaine was a “mistake” and “set the franchise back”, of the quarterbacks drafted top 10 over the past four seasons, (Stafford, Sanchez, Bradford, Newton, Locker, Gabbert, Luck, Griffin, Tannehill), Blaine finished with a better passer rating than half of them. Ahead of Sanchez, Locker, Luck, and Tannehill. Right behind Stafford and Bradford. Only Griffin, who didn’t throw the ball much, and Newton, who picked up his numbers after the Panthers were eliminated from the playoffs, were substantially ahead. Of that group, Blaine is the youngest, the lowest drafted, and the lowest paid.

  22. bigvinnyinjax says: Dec 31, 2012 3:44 PM

    Jacksonville fans should be commended for showing up week after week to watch this horrible team. And Mr. Khan should be commended for finally parting ways with this horrible GM.

    Smith had been with Jacksonville since day 1 in 1995 and had worked his ways through the ranks, so it’s easy to understand why some felt loyalty to the guy. But he was obviously in over his head and he made some of the dumbest draft picks I have ever seen. Four years of being the Draft Czar and not one pro-bowler in the bunch. That pretty much spells failure.

    But he’ll still get paid for those extra two years that Wayne Weaver inexplicably signed him to on his last day owning the team.

    Things can only get better in Jacksonville, so let’s hope the owner rewards these fantastic fans for their loyalty to such a horrible, horrible team.

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