Jacksonville Jaguars Fire General Manager Gene Smith

Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistDecember 31, 2012

JACKSONVILLE, FL - CIRCA 2011: In this handout image provided by the NFL,  Gene Smith of the Jacksonville Jaguars poses for his NFL headshot circa 2011 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by NFL via Getty Images)
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Following a 2-14 season, the Jacksonville Jaguars announced that general manager Gene Smith has been fired

Shahid Khan today announced that the team is parting ways with general manager Gene Smith. #Jaguars

— Jacksonville Jaguars (@jaguars) December 31, 2012

Jaguars owner Shad Khan released a statement via Twitter, saying that he is looking toward the future and doing what is in the best interest of the organization to make the Jaguars Super Bowl contenders. 

Khan: Now it is time for the Jacksonville Jaguars to begin a new chapter.We’re not looking back.I’ve made it clear from Day One ...

— Jacksonville Jaguars (@jaguars) December 31, 2012

...One that we pledge nothing less than to deliver the first Super Bowl championship to Jacksonville.#Jaguars

— Jacksonville Jaguars (@jaguars) December 31, 2012

Smith took over as general manager of the Jaguars in January 2009. In his four seasons with the team, they put together a record of 22-42. They didn't make the playoffs during his tenure, and their win total has gone down in each of the last two seasons.

The Jaguars finished 8-8 in 2010, second in the AFC South. They won just seven games in the two years after that, tying Kansas City for the worst record in the NFL in 2012.

On top of the poor performance on the field, there have been a number of personnel decisions that did not pan out for Smith. Quarterback Blaine Gabbert, who the team traded up to select in the 2011 draft, has not shown any signs of progress.

Last offseason, star running back Maurice Jones-Drew had a very public dispute with the front office due to his contract. He wanted a long-term extension that the team wasn't willing to give him.

It sounds like Khan plans on cleaning house in order to properly build for the future with a new regime.

This could be an appealing job, as the expectations are so low right now that whoever gets the job will likely have plenty of time to make all the necessary player and draft pick decisions necessary.

Teams have to be built from the ground up. The Jaguars have a very shaky foundation right now, but there is always someone out there who can stabilize even the most volatile situations.