Jaguars Part Ways with GM Gene Smith

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0  Updated at 4:56 am, January 1st, 2013 By: ABC Digital
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David Dermer/Diamond Images/Getty Images(JACKSONVILLE, Fla.) — Under new ownership, the Jacksonville Jaguars are looking to take a step in the right direction.  Owner Shad Khan fired general manager Gene Smith after four difficult seasons in Jacksonville. 

Since becoming the GM in 2009, Smith saw the team go 22-42 during his tenure and finished 2-14, which is the worst in the franchise’s history.

“Now it is time for the Jacksonville Jaguars to begin a new chapter,” Khan said in a statement on Monday. “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, and they were truly outstanding this past season. We simply must do better for our fans.”

Head coach Mike Mularkey could be next after guiding the team to its worst record ever in his first season.

Khan, who is in his first year as owner of the Jaguars, is looking to fill the void at general manager before deciding on Mularkey’s fate, according to

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