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New Bills G.M. Doug Whaley: Don’t accept losing

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Doug Whaley was formally introduced as the Bills’ new General Manager on Thursday morning, and he said something he learned during his 11 years working for the Steelers will be his guiding principle.

“They don’t accept losing,” Whaley said of the Steelers. “They set the standard of winning and competing for championships. I think we instill that here, we’ll be in the right direction.”

Whaley becomes the first minority to be hired as a coach or G.M. this year: At the start of this offseason, eight NFL teams hired new head coaches and seven hired new General Managers, and all 15 people hired for those positions were white. John Wooten, executive director of the Fritz Pollard Alliance, which promotes diversity in hiring in the NFL, sees Whaley’s hiring as a positive step.

It’s meaningful,” Wooten told Tim Graham of the Buffalo News. “It gives us a good lift.”

If Whaley can turn “don’t accept losing” into more than just a slogan, he’ll give the Bills a good lift.

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24 Responses to “New Bills G.M. Doug Whaley: Don’t accept losing”
  1. jjb0811 says: May 16, 2013 12:35 PM

    Hope he was hired/promoted for his job performance not skin color.

  2. gf2711 says: May 16, 2013 12:39 PM

    Black, White, Purple, Green or Blue, these franchises will always make the best hire for their organization.

    Go Bills.

  3. jamiebuf12 says: May 16, 2013 12:42 PM

    congrats doug,and i hope you are successful and in buffalo a long long time…………go bills!!!

  4. marvsleezy says: May 16, 2013 12:44 PM

    By my math, that makes 20% of the GM’s in the league that are now black. 13% of the country is black, so they are over represented as NFL GMs.

    About 65% of NFL players are black, so is that the % of GMs they are shooting for in the league?

    So does being a football player prepare you to be a GM? Remember, what gets you on the field is probably size, and speed

    – But how these traits translate to making you a better GM I dont know.

    Therefore I would conclude that just because 65% of NFL players of black, does not mean that 65% of GMs in the NFL should be black.

  5. lewiscafarella says: May 16, 2013 12:44 PM

    Great move. Great great move for our team. I’m very excited to see where Doug can lead us. We need a spark to become the winning, proud franchise we once were, I believe he can be that spark. Don’t accept losing!

  6. tombradyswig says: May 16, 2013 12:50 PM

    A major departure from Buddy’s philosophies!!

    B- Boy
    I – I
    L – Love
    L – Losing
    S – Superbowls

  7. mackcarrington says: May 16, 2013 12:52 PM

    Glad to see Buffalo making some progressive moves. Wish the guy tons of success. Now we will see if Russ Brandon has gotten a bad rap during his tenure with Buffalo.

  8. ryanrockzzz says: May 16, 2013 12:57 PM

    So exactly…what is he supposed to say. Winning will not be tolerated? Of course you don’t want to lose, but wait your in Buffalo…..

  9. richc111 says: May 16, 2013 1:07 PM

    He has been part of the organization for 4 years now, and Brandon for 16 year and now they shout out that They don’t accpet losing. So the Bills haven’t made the playoffs in 14 years and Brandon has been a part of the team for 16 years. Seems like to me they have been right in the middle of a losing organization. But of course the Sabres do the same thing. Not sure why the City has to put up with losing like this. Both sports team when looking to change their culture of losing looks where. INSIDE THE ORGANIZATION! Afterall isn’t that what you do to change the culture. Hire from within.

  10. marvsleezy says: May 16, 2013 1:09 PM

    Also, what % of GM’s ever played in the NFL? Thats another indicator that playing at the pro level does not prepare you to be a GM. If anything its a setback, because while you are playing football, these other guys are working as scouts.

    The actual career track of an NFL GM is probably that you MUST play college football.

    Most importantly thats where you get the connections to get a job as a scout. Which is usually where it all begins.

    So in order to get a better idea as to whether racism is at play here, we should look at the % of black college football players. As of 2010 that was 34.5%

  11. dolphinsfan69 says: May 16, 2013 1:42 PM

    That’s what your last GM said…. That’s why u guys are a bunch of losers !!!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. brutus9448 says: May 16, 2013 1:42 PM

    steelers got lucky with roethlisberger. They were losing plenty before big ben.

  13. peanutele24 says: May 16, 2013 2:19 PM

    Who does accept losing ?

  14. ham1 says: May 16, 2013 2:21 PM

    Get used to it.
    Buffalo is.

  15. gadzod says: May 16, 2013 2:30 PM

    LOL @ Patriots fans talking trash. Before Tom Brady, nobody even knew there was a football team near Boston. They were so bad, the only two players that were known from that team was Bledsoe and Martin.

    Patriots Super Bowl rings AFTER they were caught cheating = 0

  16. @Cereal_22 says: May 16, 2013 3:09 PM

    Too bad he didnt get to draft for them this year or select his own coach….very strange transition

  17. skoobyfl says: May 16, 2013 3:31 PM

    EOE, the league better recognize it.

  18. kgun80 says: May 16, 2013 4:22 PM

    I’m pretty sure he had a hand in hiring the coach and making the draft board… And are Dolphins fans really talking? Even when you had Marino and you were good we were better.

  19. raji1824 says: May 16, 2013 6:08 PM

    He did not say that. Tim Ryan said it and he just agreed.
    Though he seems very intelligent guy.

  20. nyjallfingday says: May 16, 2013 6:23 PM

    “I’ll accept razorcakes at any point in time, however. Delicious.”

  21. dolphinsfan69 says: May 16, 2013 7:59 PM

    Hey Kgun80.. Dan Marino was better than any player the Buffalo Gills ever had plus the Bills haven’t smelled the playoffs in like 15 yrs so their on the right track… I think they had 4 good yrs in their franchise history and how did it turn out for u guys? Hope u stock up on lots of tissues this up coming season because u guys will need them for sure!

  22. nananatman says: May 16, 2013 10:56 PM

    He was the best man for the job, Steelers are a solid franchise.

  23. jpaq68 says: May 17, 2013 8:26 AM

    Doug, I hate to point out the obvious, but you’re in the wrong place if you don’t want to accept losing.

  24. kaminskilaw says: May 17, 2013 10:41 AM

    Uncanny Resemblance….Doesn’t he look a lot like Oscar Nunez, or Ramone, the guy that played the male stripper in the Proposal?

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