JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Jaguars announced Monday morning they fired General Manager Gene Smith.

The team announced via news release they were parting ways with Smith.

Jaguars' owner Shad Khan will immediately begin searching for a replacement for Smith, the release said.

They did not give a timetable for when a replacement would be named. The release said Khan would not comment on the process until a new General Manager is introduced.

Khan said, "I met with Gene Smith this morning to inform him of my decision to go in a new direction and thank him for his dedication to the Jaguars since the inception of the franchise. I am personally appreciative for his efforts during my first season of ownership in the NFL. Gene is a good man with a long career ahead of him in football, and I know this season was as difficult for him as anyone with our organization. I sincerely wish Gene Smith and his family the very best, today and always."

Khan continued by saying, "Now it is time for the Jacksonville Jaguars to begin a new chapter. We're not looking back. I've made it clear from day one that we pledge nothing less than to deliver the first Super Bowl championship to Jacksonville. Our fans have been remarkably loyal over the years, and they were truly outstanding this past season. We simply must do better for our fans."

Gene Smith's record during his four years as General Manager of the Jaguars is 22 wins and 42 losses.

Khan, speaking on who he would select as a possible replacement said, "I'm determined to find the right man to lead our football operations, someone who shares my vision, understands the commitment we will demand and is qualified and ready to seize this opportunity. That search begins today."