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Buddy Nix steps down as Bills G.M.

Buffalo Bills' General Manager Nix speaks to the media about the hiring of Marrone as head coach in Orchard Park, New York Reuters

When the Bills extended the contract of Assistant General Manager Doug Whaley in February, team president Russ Brandon said that the team had no timetable for a transition that would elevate Whaley to the top job while Buddy Nix moved out of the way.

They better have one now because Nix is no longer the team’s general manager. The Bills announced Monday that Nix has stepped down from that job and will now move to a job as a special assistant to the team’s next general manager.

Nix worked for the Bills when John Butler was running the show in the 1990s and then went to San Diego with Butler and A.J. Smith in 2000. He returned to Buffalo as a scout in 2009 and then became general manager of the team later that year. In a statement, Nix said that he believes it is the right time to step away.

“By the ‘right time’ I mean I think we have a good young roster, an excellent head coach with a good staff, and it’s time to let someone else handle these responsibilities and move forward together,” Nix said.

The team hasn’t confirmed that he will be assisting Whaley, although all signs have pointed to him replacing Nix since Whaley joined the team in 2010. Nix’s departure wasn’t a surprise — he’s 73 years old, after all — so the Bills probably already have the succession worked out. There will be a press conference in Buffalo on Monday where we imagine there will be further information about what’s next in the team’s front office.

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61 Responses to “Buddy Nix steps down as Bills G.M.”
  1. tyler4richardson says: May 13, 2013 12:28 PM

    Is the timing of this is supposed to make sense?

  2. ozymandias121 says: May 13, 2013 12:28 PM

    This is obviously a step in the right direction when you are currently on the ground floor.

  3. kingsam8 says: May 13, 2013 12:29 PM

    Bye bye Buddy! took long enough

  4. foranyoneover30 says: May 13, 2013 12:32 PM

    No real big deal here…this was the presumed plan anyway. It’s good though that the Bills, now w/ Whaley as GM and Marrone in place, no longer qualify for any Social Security claims because of age.

  5. birdbrainsnj says: May 13, 2013 12:39 PM

    After that draft someone had to go.

  6. reconl63 says: May 13, 2013 12:40 PM

    It really won’t matter since this just boost Buffalo’s profile as a leading candidate to relocate to the new LA stadium. LA has superior football fans and will enjoy this team and we all will be glad that the Buffalo fanbase can go back to taking welfare and living in a sub-par city that doesn’t even have internet.

  7. buffobeel42 says: May 13, 2013 12:42 PM

    Please review draft footage of Buffalo’s war room during this past draft. It was Marrone and Whaley at the front of the room. Buddy was in 2nd row. This was Whaley’s draft, not Buddy’s.
    Buffalo is in great hands.
    Future’s so bright, ya better wear shades!
    ….nice 80′s reference, no?

  8. therealpittbull says: May 13, 2013 12:42 PM

    Look for the Bills to finally start to have stability and a foundation. Whaley knows what he’s doing, and will make things happen in Buffalo.

  9. buddysguys says: May 13, 2013 12:43 PM

    guess we aint talkin guys no mo’ buddy….

  10. timbuttrum says: May 13, 2013 12:46 PM

    Drafting Manuel that high when he would have been available in the second says all you need to know.

  11. harrisonhits2 says: May 13, 2013 12:53 PM

    Maybe there is some hope for the Bills after all. Not this year but maybe in the next couple.

  12. rickastleydancemoves says: May 13, 2013 12:54 PM

    Whoever is mainly responsible for EJ Manuel being drafted in the 1st round deserves to be fired. Who drafts a franchise qb that has problems with footwork and fundamentals that high. And don’t you dare say Aaron Rodgers. His main issue was level of competition he faced at Cal and a sidearm delivery which the Packers corrected.

  13. thesteelers says: May 13, 2013 1:01 PM

    The Bills have finally thrown in the towel. Who can blame them? They will never be competitive.

  14. johnnyjagfan says: May 13, 2013 1:05 PM

    This is weirder than Del Rio’s penchant for cutting #1 QBs 5 days before the season starts. Why would Nix rant all year to work to get rid of Fitz, draft E.J. and then take a demotion? Odd. Odd. Odd.

  15. destructicus says: May 13, 2013 1:09 PM

    @reconl63 – You seem to be ignoring that if Buffalo relocates anywhere it would be to a city far superior to LA…

    Toronto.

  16. joetoronto says: May 13, 2013 1:12 PM

    I’m gonna miss his crazy accent, it was always good for a laugh.

  17. thesteelers says: May 13, 2013 1:12 PM

    Nix has been nixed (someone had to say it), but it is far too late. The damage has been done.

    LOLBills

  18. buttfumbles says: May 13, 2013 1:15 PM

    Didn’t this guy go to bed at 8pm the night free agency started?

  19. anchorbarred says: May 13, 2013 1:18 PM

    “reconl63 says:
    It really won’t matter since this just boost Buffalo’s profile as a leading candidate to relocate to the new LA stadium.”

    There’s a 10 year lease in place, Mensa. Thanks for playing.

  20. johnnypuremoney says: May 13, 2013 1:19 PM

    Drafting Manuel that high when he would have been available in the second says all you need to know.
    ————————————————
    I am sure people said the same thing when the Ravens took Joe Flacco.

  21. jaxbeachjagfan says: May 13, 2013 1:19 PM

    Get out of there Mr. Nix, go enjoy your retirement.

  22. m3dman3 says: May 13, 2013 1:21 PM

    You guys are all seriously idiots. You can’t grade a draft before the season starts everyone knows that. How do you know EJ Manuel was a stretch at 16? haha bunch of wannabe GMs in here. I suppose we should still praise the raiders for drafting jamarcus russell.

  23. shackdelrio says: May 13, 2013 1:22 PM

    “tyler4richardson says:
    May 13, 2013 12:28 PM
    Is the timing of this is supposed to make sense?”

    It’s the Bills. So yes, it makes perfect sense.

  24. liveandcrywithbills says: May 13, 2013 1:28 PM

    The Bills are in good hands. Buddys drafts were so so and the jury is still out on them as far as how the players progress. The Fitzpatrick debacle was his downfall. Wishes are like fishes… they are only good underwater BUT… it would have been nice if they had this QB drive last year instead of this year.

    But, I am optimistic that EJ can do it and am glad they admitted fast that Fitz was a disaster signing and cut bait this year. Here is to our annual glass of hope in May that this is the year we finally make it back to the playoffs!!

    Go BILLS!!

  25. tedmurph says: May 13, 2013 1:29 PM

    The game had passed Nix by, Whaley was running the show anyway. Always been a good talent evaluator and I think losing him is the reason for the Steelers recent indifferent drafts, not losing Cowher, as some Steeler fans seem to think. Still, he better be right on Manuel. His wagon is largely hitched to him now.

  26. realfootballfan says: May 13, 2013 1:40 PM

    At least he won’t be around to get fired for that E.J. Manuel pick with the rest of them.

  27. ampats says: May 13, 2013 1:46 PM

    This is bad news. Nix’s press conferences were classic for laughs.

  28. buffalomafia says: May 13, 2013 2:15 PM

    Wrong GM! The Sabres should fire Regeire! How many times are the Sabres going to rebuild with that schmuck!

    Good luck Buddy!

  29. patriotsdefense says: May 13, 2013 2:16 PM

    reconl63 says: May 13, 2013 12:40 PM

    It really won’t matter since this just boost Buffalo’s profile as a leading candidate to relocate to the new LA stadium. LA has superior football fans and will enjoy this team and we all will be glad that the Buffalo fanbase can go back to taking welfare and living in a sub-par city that doesn’t even have internet.

    __________________________

    You sound like a very very nervous Rams fan.

  30. craigjosh says: May 13, 2013 2:25 PM

    reconl63 says:
    May 13, 2013 12:40 PM
    It really won’t matter since this just boost Buffalo’s profile as a leading candidate to relocate to the new LA stadium. LA has superior football fans and will enjoy this team and we all will be glad that the Buffalo fanbase can go back to taking welfare and living in a sub-par city that doesn’t even have internet.

    ——————————————————

    Are you kidding me? the bills fans have no interest? The team hasn’t made the playoffs in over a decade, but these fans have packed the house almost every week, even in sub-zero temps. There aren’t many teams that can say the same thing, as far as I’m concerned Bills fans are the most loyal fans there are. The team has been horrible, yet they show up with their bills gear and a 12 pack week in and week out, to knopck that fan based is sheer ignorance on your part.

    And maybe Buffalo is a “sub-par” city, but this is a city where we stick together, where we love our neighbor as we love our own family.

    I’ve never posted anything on this site but your ignorance enraged me. In what scenario does Buffalo deserve to lose it’s team, when Jacksonville can’t fill the stadium in any circumstance, and there are plenty of other teams with “fair weather fans”, but not Buffalo. We don’t have much around here, but to siuggest being from a bigger city makes you a “better person” is ignorance at it’s finest.

  31. shinedown37 says: May 13, 2013 2:30 PM

    Hey the guy should just retire, he obviously isn’t any good. Just like Al Davis, this guy will die while still having some involvement with the team.

  32. Remixed says: May 13, 2013 2:31 PM

    Half of the people who have commented on this article are idiots. First of all the Bills have a 10 year lease in place, they’re not going to L.A. Second, Buddy Nix told.everybody before the draft when the new coaching staff was hired that he was going to pass the torch along to Doug Whaley when he felt he had left the Bills with a nice young roster and a what he believes is a franchise quarterback (Manuel). He is 73 years old, get off of his nuts and go back to rooting for whatever team that you say you’re a fan of. It won’t be as fun though because Buffalo has a top 5 fan base in the NFL.

  33. eatitfanboy says: May 13, 2013 2:35 PM

    The timing of this stupefies me.

    I heard people saying in March that the plan was to have Nix leave after the draft. I was stupefied then and I continue to be awash in stupefication.

    What kind of plan is that? You’ve decided you need to make a move at GM, but decide to wait until the current guy gets to screw up one more draft? So it was a GOOD idea to leave a guy in place so he could over draft a second to third round talent in the top 20? To ensure another mediocre draft that I have seen graded anywhere from B- to D+?

    Stupefied.

  34. Remixed says: May 13, 2013 2:41 PM

    @eatitfanboy

    There is no evidence to support that Manuel would have been there is the second round. The Eagles were very high on him as well and picked before the Bills. At least the Bills were smart about it though, they traded up and got an extra two picks out of it because they knew who they wanted at quarterback. I didn’t realize you were some Master G.M. Let the kid play.

  35. fosteraustralianfortouchdown says: May 13, 2013 2:41 PM

    I agree with craigjosh, i grew up in buffalo and have since lived in multiple citys(now Houston). Bills fans are extremely loyal. I hope EJ is the real deal and Buffalo can turn it around. They have a lot of young talent at skilled positions, i will be cheering for them.

  36. pesotmato says: May 13, 2013 2:42 PM

    Bills, please don’t come to LA!

  37. buddysguys says: May 13, 2013 2:47 PM

    @pesotmato says:

    DONT WORRY THEY WONT BE….IF THEY DID SOMEHOW, THE CITY WOULD BLOW IT LIKE THEY HAVE MULTIPLE TIMES BEFORE.

  38. eatitfanboy says: May 13, 2013 2:49 PM

    Remixed says:
    May 13, 2013 2:41 PM
    @eatitfanboy

    There is no evidence to support that Manuel would have been there is the second round. The Eagles were very high on him as well and picked before the Bills. At least the Bills were smart about it though, they traded up and got an extra two picks out of it because they knew who they wanted at quarterback. I didn’t realize you were some Master G.M. Let the kid play.
    =======

    I’m not a master GM. How about this: You post evidence that Manuel wouldn’t have been there in the second round and I’ll post tons of evidence that just about everyone thinks the Bills had a lousy draft.

  39. fosteraustralianfortouchdown says: May 13, 2013 2:54 PM

    Buffalo Bills
    The best move of Buffalo’s entire weekend might turn out to be signing undrafted WR Da’Rick Rogers. That’s a low-risk gamble, one that pairs well with the selections of WR Robert Woods, LB Kiko Alonso and S Duke Williams. It’s also the opposite of using pick 16 on QB EJ Manuel. The Bills’ 2013 draft hinges on Manuel being able to shine. Grade: B-minus

    B- is a decent draft grade

  40. Remixed says: May 13, 2013 2:55 PM

    @eatitfanboy

    How about the fact that you’re not supposed to grade a draft until about 3 years after its happened. Never mind you that most of these experts are.wrong more than 50 percent of the time. I’m glad that you’re on the bash the Bills bandwagon though, we need more people like you so that in 3 years you will be nowhere to be found.

  41. bonerchamp says: May 13, 2013 2:59 PM

    He was a terrible GM. Took him 4 years to draft a QB and then reaches in the first round for one.

    Foghorn Nix will forever be known for extending Ryan Fitzpatrick, hiring Chan Gailey and trading up in the 3rd round, not for Russell Wilson, but for his former teammate! Whatta joke!

  42. mz1394 says: May 13, 2013 3:03 PM

    Bills fan base is sooo loyal they consistently have blackouts every year even with one of the cheapest ticket prices in the nfl. Don’t forget even during their Super Bowl run years the oilers playoff home game was blacked out. Oh Care Bears mafia you make us all laugh.

  43. jbravo2312 says: May 13, 2013 3:19 PM

    Thank god!!! His drafts have been awful, With the exception of CJ, He has not drafted a star or really solidified a single area of the team, But yet I kept hearing praise for being a excellent scout. This team has finally lept in to the here and now with a younger, more innovative staff, I just hope that it’s not too little too late

  44. Remixed says: May 13, 2013 3:22 PM

    @mz1394

    The population of Buffalo is 261025 people and the stadium seats 73967. Most of the time that stadium is sold out. That’s nearly 1/3 of the entire city of Buffalo at these games. The rest of them are at home watching or at the Bars watching, I have actually lived in Buffalo and can tell you this is true. A football Sunday in Buffalo is unlike any other cities because of the dedication and loyalty of our fans. We haven’t had a winning season since 2004 and we are still selling out most of our games. Tell me again how Bills fans aren’t loyal.

  45. eatitfanboy says: May 13, 2013 3:25 PM

    God, you fanboys are brutal. No one is allowed to criticize your team. I have nothing against the Bills, but if you think nothing Nix has done deserves criticism, put down the cool aid. Your team never won more than 6 games in a season with him in charge.

    Maybe this is why Bills management seems so content with mediocrity. Their fans certainly seem to be. I was actually going to list Nix’s horrible draft choices, but I can see facts are lost on Bills supporters.

  46. mz1394 says: May 13, 2013 3:35 PM

    Nice of you to include the population of all the suburbs and Canada in your tally oh wait you didn’t and anyone who has been to a bills game knows almost half are from Canada . So you just can’t google population of buffal lmao. You got that dellusional bear?!

  47. Remixed says: May 13, 2013 3:41 PM

    @eatitfanboy

    Are you mental? Nobody said Nix didn’t do any wrong and you’re right he has. He’s also had some nice picks as well. Overall he has been a below average GM. That doesn’t mean the Bills management is content with mediocrity though. If that were true Chan Gailey would still be here. They got the perfect amount of time to be in Buffalo, they sucked and got canned. Nix was only here for a few more months. You still have to respect the guy though. Look how good Spiller is. The potential Gilmore can reach and how Cordy Glenn does at the left tackle position. Everybody bashed these picks and they turned out great so far. He has had more bad picks than good but he has also helped put this younger team together and we respect that.

  48. fosteraustralianfortouchdown says: May 13, 2013 3:46 PM

    mz1394 says:
    May 13, 2013 3:35 PM
    anyone who has been to a bills game knows almost half are from Canada .

    Your are off your rocker, there isn’t 35k fans coming down from canada for bills games!

  49. Remixed says: May 13, 2013 3:46 PM

    @mz1394

    I’ve been to my fair share of Bills games and I can tell you that know where near half are Canadian. There are a nice amount but it’s not half. You are definitely in the minority of people who think Bills fans have no loyalty. That entire city and all of its suburbs are lit up with nothing but football on Sunday’s. Are you sure you’ve been to Buffalo?

  50. fosteraustralianfortouchdown says: May 13, 2013 3:49 PM

    As of April 012, Buffalo’s population is pegged at 255,604, down 2.1 percent from 261,310 in two years ago.

    per buffalo bussiness journal

  51. fosteraustralianfortouchdown says: May 13, 2013 3:51 PM

    Grade: A-
    Analyst: Alex Marvez
    Outlet: Fox Sports
    Comments: This grade stems from the first-round selection of E.J. Manuel, who was my favorite quarterback prospect entering the draft. Both second-round picks (Southern Cal wide receiver Robert Woods and Oregon linebacker Kiko Alonso) could be Week 1 starters.

    Grade: ‘Nailed it’
    Analyst: Bucky Brooks
    Outlet: NFL.com
    Comments: GM Buddy Nix made the most surprising move of Thursday night, with the Bills dropping from pick No. 8 to 16 and grabbing EJ Manuel as the team’s new franchise quarterback. While many analysts believe Manuel is not the top quarterback in the class, his blue-chip physical traits (size, athleticism and arm talent) and an underrated football mind make him an intriguing prospect to build around. Robert Woods and Marquise Goodwin add more explosiveness to the receiving corps. Kiko Alonso is a thumper who brings much-needed toughness and physicality to the middle of Buffalo’s defense. Don’t sleep on the Duke Williams pick, either; he is an active roamer in the back end with the grit and nastiness to be an enforcer between the hashes.

  52. starchybunker says: May 13, 2013 4:05 PM

    Why did they post a picture of Leslie Nielson next to this story? Maybe this explains some of the Bills’ personnel moves: it was all part of a Naked Gun script.

    And wait a second: OJ “Nordberg” Simpson a Buffalo Bill…hmmm…

  53. smilesaustin says: May 13, 2013 4:54 PM

    Assistant TO THE General Manager. Am I the only “The Office” fan who picked that up?

  54. mz1394 says: May 13, 2013 5:16 PM

    Yep I live in orchard park and I know that the only place lit up on Sundays is the warehouse bcuz they illegally show the blacked out games btw that’s 3 or 4 a year. You’re just a delusional homer . Nice try w the bs tho.

  55. tedmurph says: May 13, 2013 5:18 PM

    Buffalo has some great fans, I’ve been there(as a Pats fan), but you apologists are going a little overboard with your population and attendance figs. Buffalo attendance is only about 85% of capacity on ave, usually good for the bottom 5 in the league over their 7 home games. Also, about 15% of those bus in from Canada. Give all the thumbs down you want, but those are the facts. Every city thinks they have the best fans. Go to a Seattle game sometime. They were like that even before they were good.

  56. slickster35 says: May 13, 2013 5:18 PM

    If Whaley was the guy that picked EJ in the first round then I don’t see much changing for the jills any time soon.

  57. rajbais says: May 13, 2013 6:44 PM

    No GM had a thicker Southern accent mixed with political incorrectness than this guy.

    His drafts aren’t too bad though.

  58. kgun80 says: May 13, 2013 6:53 PM

    Ok I get it Buffalo is a small city, we have a team that hasn’t been good in over a decade. We’re a middle class city with lots of diehard fans. We don’t sell out the cold weather games like we used to. Believe me if the team improves, the winter games will sell out. We get it we are not NY or LA or Boston … And we don’t want to be.
    I didn’t like the Manuel pick when it was made. But I look at it like this… If that’s the guy they wanted ,fine! If this staff feels that they can coach and train this kid to become an NFL level QB, good. But if they don’t.. well probably have a new coach in a few seasons. And I’ll still be optimistic and hope the team improves.

    Nix had a couple good picks. But more bad ones.. my biggest issue with him was hiring Gailey and giving Fitzpatrick a 5 year deal. It seems like Buffalo is getting a lot younger and getting a new feel with a younger coaching staff and a younger GM. They have been allowing guys who are out of touch with this era of football make decisions, and it shows on the field. Hopefully the new guys will lead us out of mess we have been in for 13 seasons.

  59. lewiscafarella says: May 13, 2013 10:07 PM

    The Doug Whaley Era has begun. I sincerely believe this guy is gonna rejuvenate our once proud franchise. I’m very excited for the next coming seasons!!!

  60. fourthandafoot says: May 14, 2013 1:49 AM

    The Eagles have said post draft that Barkley was their # 1 QB and rated him as a top 50 pick so no they wouldn’t have drafted EJ Manuel at 35. They have been unusually candid about where they had people rated this year.

    One of the football “reporters”, I don’t recall which, asked almost all of the GM’s in the league on where they had rated EJ Manuel and round 3 was the answer. I personally rated him at 68 due to his football IQ limitations but to be fair to EJ I could easily have had him as high as 55.

  61. joetoronto says: May 14, 2013 5:22 AM

    Roughly 20-25 thousand Canadians attend Bills home games.

    Definitely not half.

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