The Bills have fired general manager Doug Whaley, as well as the pro and college scouting staffs.
The Buffalo Bills have informed general manager Doug Whaley, and the pro and college scouting staffs, that they have been relieved of their day-to-day duties.
Whaley was hired by the Bills in 2013 after they fired then general manager Buddy Nix after the 2013 NFL Draft. Whaley quickly rose through the ranks as an NFL talent evaluator all the way to assistant GM. The Bills' record during Whaley's time in charge was 30-34, and he is often linked to drafting bad players such as E.J. Manuel, tackle Cyrus Kouandijo, drafting Shaq Lawson withouth knowing about his shoulder injury, and trading a future first-round draft pick for wide receiver Sammy Watkins. He also wasted a pick on Karlos Williams who was good for one year then washed out, he didn’t do interviews at the combine, he wasn’t responsible for contracts as much as he should be, he wasn’t a part of the coaching search as much as he should’ve been, he didn’t scout players until they were juniors, and one of his scouts was at a pro day without a pen, paper and stopwatch.
These rumours circulated days before the draft, and it hung over the Bills. After the draft, it was said that head coach Sean McDermott ran the entire draft, and that he made all the decisions like trading back or trading up. In the draft, every time Buffalo traded up it was in front of the Carolina Panthers, and for the exact same position that Carolina then drafted.
Rumors are circulating that Buffalo will most likely try to bring Carolina's assistant general manager Brandon Beane. It seems like owner Terry Pegula is giving McDermott full control of the team, and they seem to be throwing all their eggs into the "Sean McDermott Basket."
Pegula now must deal with two general manager vacancies, and a head coach vacancy with the Sabres, and when asked at his press conference today why fans should believe him he said, "Because I own the team."
That may seem arrogant, but it's not, it's true. It's time to start truly trusting the process, Pegula told Murray to tank and now the Sabres are on the rise, Pegula got Tyrod, Pegula went after Richie Incognito, LeSean McCoy, and other's that have panned out. Pegula just wants his teams to be better, and stop losing.
Whaley's firing was coming, and it's good for the direction of the team. It seems like Whaley was a scout, but in the GM position. Whaley greatly overvalued Watkins, let Chris Hogan go as well as Mike Gillislee, and never got a franchise, or a good quarterback, to make the playoffs. Also, Whaley never broke the drought, and only had one winning season as GM.