Today's firing of Carolina Panthers GM, Marty Hurney, was not only unexpected, but it also set a new precedent for when a team may fire their head of personnel. With the firing, we're wondering who else may be on the hot seat around the league. Here's the general managers that are suddenly in danger of being fired mid-season.
Scott Pioli, Kansas City Chiefs: Since taking over as the Chiefs top personnel man, his team has been consistently mediocre, and more recently, the Chiefs have declined to just plain terrible. To top it all off, former Chiefs head coach Todd Haley accused Pioli and the Chiefs of spying on him in his office. Don't be surprised if Pioli doesn't make it to the end of the season as the general manager of the Chiefs.
Gene Smith, Jacksonville Jaguars: If Scott Pioli has the greatest chance of being fired during the season, Gene Smith comes in a at a close second. Since taking over the Jaguars personnel department in 2009, the team has gone from completely average to bottom of the barrel bad. This is the man that was charged with the rebuilding of the Jaguars, and he's failed miserably. Unless the Jaguars turn it around in the very near future, Smith will be gone at the end of the year, if not sooner.
Mark Dominik, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Like many of the general managers on this list, Dominik's team simply hasn't progressed in the right direction since he took over in 2009, and fans are getting restless with the apparent talent vacuum that exists in Tampa Bay. There remains a strong possibility that he'll get another year to prove himself, but don't be surprised if that opportunity is denied by ownership.
Jeff Ireland, Miami Dolphins: Jeff Ireland may be the most hated general manager in the NFL, but his stock has risen this season as the Dolphins are firmly in the wildcard hunt at 3-3. Still, I can't help getting a feeling that the Dolphins aren't as good as their record indicates, and if things go sour, Ireland could be chased out of town with pitchforks and torches by Miami fans.
A.J. Smith, San Diego Chargers: The Chargers are once again underperforming in a division they should be leading without a problem. Their most recent failure came in the form of giving up a huge 24 point lead to the Broncos. A.J. Smith has had a decade to put together a Super Bowl winning team, but the team has been in a slow but steady decline over the past few seasons. It's playoffs or bust for Smith, and at 3-3, it's looking more like bust than playoffs.
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The Bills need to nix NIX !!! How can you sign a QB ( Jackson) who cant READ the playbook by week SEVEN , Sign # 94 WILLIAMS damaged goods ? ( his history at Houston as a cry baby ) Can anyone say " Check out players before you sign them. Now resign Shaun lights out !!! Turn out the lights on NIX !!! ( and send Fitz to unemployment toooooo ) "
AJ Smith will share a ride out w/ Norv. This all started when Marty was pressured out. The ownership and front office seem content w/ average personnel and ultimately average performance. They would have won a super bowl had they made the right decision w/ Marty.
Too bad we can't add Jerry Jones to this list!!! If he wasn't the owner he would be on there for poor management of the team and just a horrible quarterback choice!
@MarthaKathrynCagleBrown he also has thee Super Bowls in his trophy case.
He may have the rings of past years but we all know that past rings do not count in a current year situation. So don't let those past rings fool you like they keep fooling him. He is selling himself still on what he has done in "yesteryear". I am over it! Move on JJ. Fire yourself and let someone else with a new approach come in. Its time to let you do what you do best...market the hell out of the franchise and make money off of it, even as it under performs. Sad but true. He should dump Romo, for a local kid like Stafford and get a new GM. FAST!
@MarthaKathrynCagleBrown they should have included the Jets GM as well. What a mess the team is in right now along with poor coaching.
@ralebird Because the Jets have A LOT of great young talent on both sides of the ball. Stephen Hill, Jeremy Kerley, Dustin Keller, Quinton Coples, Kenrick Ellis, Muhammed Wilkerson, Demario Davis, Antonio Allen. 2010 was a bad year but every other one with Tannebaum has been pretty solid with the occasional bust but every team has those... I don't love Tanny but after all the injuries this year it has shown The Jets do have a lot of young talent and the future is bright. I don't see any losing record rebuilding years in the near future... A LOT of teams are in way worse shape... They have won 4 playoff games in the last three years, more than about 28 other teams.
@LittleGBirdies @ralebird I don't see much of that young talent panning out though outside of Darelle Revis. The Jets don't have a good offensive line and they don't have a running back that is good enough to be a featured play maker. It was dumb idea for the team to bring in Tim Tebow to be a part time player. A part time player being paid like a starting quarterback.