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Marty Hurney fired by Panthers, could Jaguars Gene Smith be next?

The Jacksonville general manager's days could be numbered.

Phil Sears-US PRESSWIRE

The Carolina Panthers fired long-time general manager Marty Hurney on Monday and SB Nation's Big Cat Country is wondering if Jacksonville Jaguars GM Gene Smith might be the next guy to get fired. Like the Panthers, the Jaguars are off to a rough start to 2012 -- they are just 1-5 and have lost three games in a row.

Smith became Jacksonville's general manager in 2009, and the franchise has yet to have a winning record during his tenure. The Jaguars haven't had a winning season or made the playoffs since 2007, when they finished 11-5.

Jacksonville is coming off a 26-23 overtime loss to the Oakland Raiders during which both quarterback Blaine Gabbert and running back Maurice Jones-Drew were hurt. The Jaguars managed just 209 total yards in the contest, and they have had issues on the offensive side of the ball throughout the season.

They return to the field to face Green Bay in Week 8.

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