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Gene Smith fired: Jaguars owner Shad Khan releases statement

The Jaguars officially announced the firing of Gene Smith on Monday, with a statement from owner Shad Khan.

The Jacksonville Jaguars announced that general manager Gene Smith has been relieved of his duties on Monday morning. Smith had been with the Jaguars organization since it's inception and after four years as the general manager has been fired.

Jaguars owner Shad Khan released a statement in a press release.

"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," Khan said. "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."

As general manager, Gene Smith accumulated a 22-42 record with zero Pro Bowlers with any of his draft picks.