ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — The Buffalo Bills dismissed ubiquitous manager Doug Whaley, a group announced Sunday.
The Bills were 30-34 in Whaley’s 4 seasons as ubiquitous manager. His usually winning deteriorate came in 2014, when a Bills finished 9-7 though missed a playoffs. Buffalo’s postseason drought extended to 17 seasons after a 7-9 finish in 2016.
“After a consummate examination of a football operations over a past several months, Kim [Pegula] and we sensitive Doug this morning that we will be relocating in a new direction,” Bills co-owner Terry Pegula pronounced in a statement. “We have enjoyed operative with Doug. He is a good chairman and we wish to appreciate him for his work and joining to a football team. This was my decision. It was not an easy preference though we trust it’s a right one for a destiny of a Buffalo Bills. Our hunt for a new ubiquitous manager will start immediately.”
Whaley’s exclusion represents a change in march for a Bills’ owners. The Pegulas had put Whaley in assign of a team’s coaching hunt after banishment Rex Ryan in December, a preference that was seen as a opinion of certainty entering his fifth deteriorate as GM.
“Those guys get along great,” Terry Pegula pronounced Mar 28 during a NFL owners meetings. “They’ve been creation some pivotal decisions, and they work good together.”
Despite that endorsement, Whaley had taken reduction of a public-facing purpose in new months. McDermott spoke during a Bills’ pre-draft news conference, as good as after any of a team’s breeze selections were done final week — interviews that had been conducted by Whaley in before seasons. Whaley, in fact, had not oral to reporters given a Senior Bowl in January.
Asked Saturday about Whaley’s future, McDermott said, “I’m focused on this draft. Honestly. I’m going to concentration on this breeze and what we have in front of us going on right now with this priority free-agent marketplace right now. we will contend that Doug and his staff did a unusual job. we will contend that.”
Pittsburgh Steelers’ scouting department. He was promoted to ubiquitous manager after Buddy Nix stepped down following a 2013 draft.
After a 2013 draft, Whaley pronounced he played an “integral role” in selecting quarterback EJ Manuel with a 16th altogether pick. Manuel was benched in 2014 after 14 games as Buffalo’s starter, and he sealed as a giveaway representative with a Oakland Raiders this offseason.
In his initial breeze as ubiquitous manager in 2014, Whaley traded a Bills’ 2015 first-round collect to pierce adult and name far-reaching receiver Sammy Watkins fourth overall. Watkins eclipsed 1,000 yards receiving in 2015 though has missed 11 games a past dual seasons since of injuries.
In May, Whaley questioned during a radio talk either humans’ bodies were meant to play football, that he termed a “violent game.” The criticism drew inhabitant courtesy about a reserve of football and led to Whaley after arising a matter observant he used a bad choice of words.
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