Jacksonville Jaguars’ Gene Smith Becomes Focal Point of Turnaround

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Published: July 20, 2009

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... they return, a lot of questions will find answers, as the players prepare for the season on the practice fields at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium. 

For now, Gene Smith appears to be making all of the right moves.

Whether he knows it or not, the weight of the franchise rests firmly on Smith's shoulders as he takes on the burden of rebuilding a roster which stumbled to a 5-11 season in 2008.

It is one thing to have the pressure of simply turning things around on the field. It is exponentially more challenging to be tasked with reversing the misfortune on the field while trying to find the right mix to turn around the struggles with ticket sales and the revenue stream.

When he accepted the role of general manager earlier this year, Smith may not have known what a challenge he was facing.

Obviously, he understood the roster needed significant retooling to get things back on track.

But he probably did not know his moves would have the potentia...

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