BBD Editor: Dan Hope
As expected, the Buffalo Bills promoted assistant general manager Doug Whaley to general manager Thursday, three days following Buddy Nix’s resignation from the position.
Whaley has been with the Bills since February 2010 as assistant GM, and signed a contract extension with the Bills this February, which put him in position as the heir apparent to the GM position once Nix stepped down.
Brandon said he made the announcement to name Whaley general manager “with great pleasure.”
“Doug (Whaley) has been involved in every level of player personnel throughout his career and he will lead our efforts in reestablishing a winning tradition,” Brandon said in a press release. “Doug is a passionate and committed leader who will work tirelessly with his department to build a team our fans and all of Western New York will be proud of heading into the future.”
Although the Bills have not made the playoffs since 1999, Whaley is setting his goals high.
“Our main goal is to give our fans a team that consistently competes for championships,” Whaley said during his introductory press conference Thursday.
Whaley will have the “final say” on all personnel decisions the team makes, Brandon said.
“Doug (Whaley) will have all responsibility to the (53-man roster) and the personnel department,” Brandon said during the press conference.
The Bills also announced the hires of Jim Monos as director of player personnel and Kelvin Fisher as director of college scouting Thursday.
Monos has spent the past eight seasons as a scout with the New Orleans Saints. Fisher has been a scout for the Pittsburgh Steelers since 2000. Whaley previously worked as the Steelers’ pro scouting coordinator from 1999-2009, and as a pro personnel assistant in 1995.
Nix will also remain in the Bills’ front office as a special assistant, the team announced Monday. Chuck Cook, who had serves as the Bills’ director of college scouting for the past two seasons, has been reassigned as a national scout.
The Bills enter the 2013 season with a new team president (Brandon), GM (Whaley) and coach (Doug Marrone).
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