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Should Gene Smith be fired?

The 1-5 Carolina Panthers fired their General Manager Marty Hurney this morning. The Panthers were a team expected by many to have a good season and contend for a playoff spot. Given their poor start, this season appears to be over for them. As such, their GM got the axe and the “rebuilding” is sort of in effect.

The Jaguars have a similar record through six games. Over the past few weeks, fans have called for the dismissal of GM Gene Smith. Smith, who has served as the GM for almost four years, has built a team that’s gone 21-33 since the start of the 2009 season.  Poor drafts, questionable extensions, and terrible off-season signings have set this team back.

Would getting rid of Gene Smith at this point fix the problems at hand? Absolutely not! It serves no purpose to get rid of our general manager in the middle of the season. Owner Shahid Khan would not be able to interview potential GM’s that are currently employed by other teams. At this point, firing Gene Smith would only be the thing to do if Khan wants to please a portion of his fan base.

Given that forcing Smith out would not make this team better, he should be allowed to finish out this season. The entire staff should be on notice however. This team has to improve in many facets in order for them to justify keeping their jobs. Yes, the coaching staff should be given more than a year on the job to show what they are capable of. However, if a new GM is brought in, he may feel the need to start fresh and bring in his own staff. There are ten games remaining this season, so if Smith and company want to be back next season, the Jaguars need to start showing a lot more on the field.

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