Gene Smith to be fired as Jacksonville Jaguars GM

  • By Marc Sessler
  • Updated: Dec. 30, 2012 at 02:10 p.m.

An ugly season for the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2012 has the organization thinking differently about 2013.

NFL Network's Michael Lombardi said Sunday on "First on the Field" that longtime general manager Gene Smith will be fired by the team.

Ian Rapoport reported Smith says he hasn't been informed of his fate and plans to fly back with the team, according to sources close to the GM.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that two player personnel directors, Jason Licht of the Arizona Cardinals and Tom Gamble of the San Francisco 49ers, loom as potential candidates in Jacksonville.

The Jaguars would like to retain first-year coach Mike Mularkey, according to reports, but we expect significant roster changes for the 2-13 team. Former owner Wayne Weaver urged Shad Khan to retain Smith, but it's no surprise the first-year owner wants to hand pick a successor.

Smith was named GM before the 2009 season, and he's one of 10 current Jaguars staff members employed by the franchise dating to its launch in 1995. The Jaguars never have finished better than 8-8 under Smith as GM, results that don't jive with Khan's hunger for a perennial winner.