Right before hitting the sack every night, I turn off the ringer on my Sprint Blackberry Tour.
Right after staggering to my feet in the morning, I check out any messages that came through while I was sawing logs.
This morning, I was surprised to see that, at 11:40 p.m. ET, I received a blast text from the Bills announcing that the team has “relieved John Guy of his duties as Vice President of Pro Personnel.”
Less than a month ago, Guy was a finalist for the job of General Manager. Indeed, he and Buddy Nix were the only two candidates for the job.
So, basically, the winner got the job (and a Water Pik), and the loser got fired.
At a time when we’re already starting to wonder whether the Bills’ desire for an offensive guru as head coach means that the Rooney Rule interviews of Vikings defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier and former Bills defensive coordinator Perry Fewell were Redskins-style shams, the late-night purge of John Guy seems to suggest that he wasn’t a genuine candidate for G.M.
Meanwhile, the folks responsible for the Bills’ P.R. might want to consider some different approaches. As I explained it to Brad Riter of WECK on Wednesday, the organization should have done a much better job of getting the truth out (via league-source-style leaks) regarding the coaching search, if the truth (as Nix seemed to explain it on Tuesday) is that some of guys who supposedly didn’t want the job actually did.
More importantly, a late-night announcement of news that might make folks question the legitimacy of the team’s G.M. search will only make folks already inclined to question the legitimacy of the team’s G.M. search more inclined to do so — and it will equip them with ammunition for persuading others that the Bills are up to something.
Regardless of whether they actually are.