At some point, speculation over who will replace Gene Smith as the Jacksonville Jaguars general manager will become a reality.
Based on a 6-19 record over the past two seasons, the change can't come fast enough for some fans in the Jacksonville area.
Holding down one of the most important positions in the Jaguars' front office has not been an easy one for Smith, who has been a part of this organization since the team was awarded a franchise in 1993 and began play in 1995.
While Smith has hit on a few players in the draft (Eugene Monroe), he has failed miserably on others. And with his career basically hanging on the arm of Blaine Gabbert and free agents who have been injured (Clint Session and Laurent Robinson) a solid grade cannot be given to his overall performance.
If this were a college course, Smith would fall well below passing.
There are many new and even old faces that could be considered to replace Smith after the 2012 season, should team owner Shad Khan make a decision to do so.
That decision should not even be questioned, as this team needs to move in a new direction with better talent and more playmakers at the skilled positions.
Drafting players is a science unto itself, and while Smith may have been qualified when he replaced James “Shack” Harris in 2009, the talent level has fallen off to a point where the Jaguars are standing in the deep end of a community pool.
Here is a look at some candidates who may get a call after this season finally comes to an end.