The Jacksonville Jaguars fired general manager Gene Smith the day after the team completed a 2-14 season.
"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," Jaguars owner Shad Khan said in a statement. "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."
Fox Sports' Jay Glazer reported Monday night that Khan already interviewed Atlanta Falcons director of player personnel David Caldwell for the Jaguars' GM job.
Smith had two years remaining on his contract. He joined the franchise in 1994 as a college scout and was promoted to director of college scouting in 2000. He became the executive director of college and pro personnel in 2008 before being named general manager in 2009 after the resignation of James "Shack" Harris.
"Now it is time for the Jacksonville Jaguars to begin a new chapter. We're not looking back," said Khan, who purchased the Jaguars from Wayne Weaver in November 2011. 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.
"Our organization's business unit had an extremely impressive year and I anticipate even better days ahead in 2013 and beyond, but we all understand this is a football business above all else. With that, I'm determined to find the right man to lead our football operations, someone who shares my vision, understands the commitment we will demand, and is qualified and ready to seize this opportunity. That search begins today."