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Talk in Buffalo that Doug Whaley could be on the way out

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Bills General Manager Doug Whaley appears to be on the hot seat, raising questions about who’s really calling the shots in Buffalo heading into the draft.

Jerry Sullivan of the Buffalo News writes that it seems only a matter of time before Whaley gets moved out. Sullivan suggests that owners Kim and Terry Pegula have decided to give more authority to new head coach Sean McDermott, and Whaley’s power is limited. Sullivan even suggests that it could be that the only reason Whaley hasn’t resigned is he wants the Pegulas to fire him so they’ll be forced to keep paying him until his contract expires.

The Bills have decided that McDermott, not Whaley, will address reporters at the official annual pre-draft media event. Typically the person who answers questions in that setting is the person who’s calling the shots, and the Bills choosing McDermott to talk to the media on the team’s behalf suggests that McDermott, not Whaley, is calling the shots.

A similar situation played out in Washington in February, when G.M. Scot McCloughan was kept away from the media. A month later, McCloughan was fired.

It shouldn’t come as a surprise if Whaley is the next NFL G.M. to lose his job.

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67 Responses to “Talk in Buffalo that Doug Whaley could be on the way out”
  1. leninthebuff says: Mar 26, 2017 5:59 AM

    Surprised he has made it this long so no great loss when his a$$ is canned!!

  2. joetoronto says: Mar 26, 2017 6:08 AM

    Everybody is on the way out in Buffalo, not just Whaley.

    London Bills 2020

  3. tonebones says: Mar 26, 2017 6:14 AM

    If you’re an NFL GM, and you have no idea what you’re doing when it comes to choosing QBs, you’re probably not going to stick around. When you take all 32 NFL teams and look at their rosters, minus the QBs, I’d say Buffalo is one of the more talented teams. So even if they had an average QB, they’d easily win 10-12 games. They haven’t come close to finding an average QB.

  4. jwf239 says: Mar 26, 2017 6:15 AM

    “Nooooo!!!”

    – Pats fan

  5. babygaga19 says: Mar 26, 2017 6:33 AM

    Shocking. Not.

  6. thebeeper says: Mar 26, 2017 6:47 AM

    Over size contracts to under achieving players.
    Not finding a franchise qb
    POOR drafting
    Got 2 coaches fired
    Dumb trades
    BYE BYE FELECIA !!!

  7. jxt2521 says: Mar 26, 2017 6:48 AM

    Whaley turned the bills ability to draft well in the secondary and his family ties into a GM position. He just couldn’t run a team.

  8. exinsidetrader says: Mar 26, 2017 7:12 AM

    Anyone that has heard him talk would agree it is long overdue.

  9. dangguy says: Mar 26, 2017 7:14 AM

    Say it aint so…

    At least with Rex as head coach Buffalo won the off seasons.

  10. phinfan says: Mar 26, 2017 7:14 AM

    Conjunction Dysfunction whats your function

  11. dawgturd says: Mar 26, 2017 7:18 AM

    Firing gm a month before draft……Careful buffalo, your getting dangerously close Cleveland browns territory.

  12. 315judman says: Mar 26, 2017 7:23 AM

    Hopefully this is the beginning of a front office cleanse. Russ Brandon, Overdorf… is Nix still there? Ship ’em out!

  13. gah05 says: Mar 26, 2017 7:36 AM

    Thinking this will happen after the draft?

  14. Patskrieg says: Mar 26, 2017 7:41 AM

    We love you Doug! Never leave us!

    ~ The AFC East

  15. newmancave2016 says: Mar 26, 2017 7:58 AM

    But he’s made such great calls and had such success. Rex Ryan? EJ Manuel? LOL.

  16. hammer7329 says: Mar 26, 2017 8:01 AM

    And please take Russ Brandon with you.

  17. jimmyjoejohnbob says: Mar 26, 2017 8:02 AM

    As a kid Jerry Sullivan used to burn ants on the sidewalk with a magnifying glass. He’s a bitter, bitter man who hopes for the worst and cheers when it happens. Few people read his columns anymore.

  18. walker1191 says: Mar 26, 2017 8:15 AM

    Anyone who has engineered the brilliant Sammy Watkins, EJ Manual and Rex Ryan moves should rightfully be GM for life.

  19. todd6162 says: Mar 26, 2017 8:29 AM

    Big surprise

  20. Kingmj4891 says: Mar 26, 2017 8:41 AM

    Should have happened a year ago or two.

  21. johnny07022 says: Mar 26, 2017 8:49 AM

    Why did this guy get hired in the first place? Possibly the Bills out bid the browns.

  22. kmdp4 says: Mar 26, 2017 8:58 AM

    Wow funny how this is going on in Buffalo and yet there is not one negative slant to the story like when you report on the Redskins. Maybe because your biased hack who hates the Redskins. There are several franchises with many more issues than the Redskins yet you wouldn’t know it by the way you pick in choose what team to add your negative slant to. How about this, report on all teams the same save your bias for the water cooler. Have some integrity if you know what that is.

  23. staffordisbetterthanyourteamsqb says: Mar 26, 2017 9:04 AM

    thebeeper says:
    Mar 26, 2017 6:47 AM
    Over size contracts to under achieving players.
    Not finding a franchise qb
    POOR drafting
    Got 2 coaches fired
    Dumb trades
    BYE BYE FELECIA !!!

    It’s Bye Felicia
    ========================================
    newmancave2016 says:
    Mar 26, 2017 7:58 AM
    But he’s made such great calls and had such success. Rex Ryan? EJ Manuel? LOL.

    It’s insane how uninformed some people are. Obviously the Pegulas hired Rex and while EJ was clearly a stretch to take at #16 the Bills badly needed a quarterback and he was the best available. I’m not a fan of Whaley and I believe he deserves to lose his job but not for any of the reasons you state

  24. diehardfootballfan says: Mar 26, 2017 9:10 AM

    They should have figured that out when he signed Tyrod to that ridiculous contract last year. His draft ability is zilch.

  25. bubbybrister/shovelpass says: Mar 26, 2017 9:11 AM

    Dancin’ !
    They’re dancing in the streeeeets…

  26. JackieMoon says: Mar 26, 2017 9:14 AM

    May be the worst franchise in sports

  27. buffalo75vette says: Mar 26, 2017 9:22 AM

    newmancave2016 says:
    Mar 26, 2017 7:58 AM
    But he’s made such great calls and had such success. Rex Ryan? EJ Manuel? LOL.

    ________________________________________

    Why does everyone(newmancave)think that Whaley drafted EJ..when it was Nix. Cannot believe people don’t get that..

  28. kevinlawrencecantor says: Mar 26, 2017 9:30 AM

    I know attacking Whaley is the popular opinion on this site and around the internet, but I don’t think he did that bad a job.

    I think he got with two coaches who wanted a bit too much control of personnel, which led to teams without a true vision.

    I think Rex thought he was a defensive genius and forced the team to overpay current players and free agents.

    Considering their QB options, finishing just under .500 in 4 seasons isn’t that terrible.

  29. bernieknowsfootball says: Mar 26, 2017 9:42 AM

    No more puppet on a string in Buffalo, common he was such a good yes man !!!

  30. amishninjas says: Mar 26, 2017 9:44 AM

    Jerry Sullivan is the Manish Mehta of upstate New York. Last year Rex did all of the press and Whaley wasn’t heard from. This is nothing new in Buffalo. If the Pegulas are wanting to fire front office people start at Russ Brandon’s office.

  31. sdchicken says: Mar 26, 2017 9:55 AM

    EJ Manual in the first round was the nail in his coffin

  32. todd6162 says: Mar 26, 2017 10:05 AM

    How did those Toronto Maple Leafs do last night Joe 😂

  33. cadreamer1969 says: Mar 26, 2017 10:08 AM

    Whaley and the scouts would address the media normally. So, they are having the head coach do it. If the owners didn’t consult Whaley on the Rex Ryan firing and made him look foolish when asked about it, I wouldn’t want to be their puppet in front of the media either. Sounds like they are making the head coach face the music. Good.

  34. moneymike23 says: Mar 26, 2017 10:42 AM

    But he’s made such great calls and had such success. Rex Ryan? EJ Manuel? LOL.
    ——————————-
    Picks made by ownership and old GM.

  35. billswillnevermove says: Mar 26, 2017 11:00 AM

    joetoronto says:
    Mar 26, 2017 6:08 AM
    Everybody is on the way out in Buffalo, not just Whaley.

    London Bills 2020
    _________________________________________
    Bills alarm thread woke troll Joey up.

    NFL Toronto NEVER.

  36. corkspop says: Mar 26, 2017 11:04 AM

    Wouldn’t be surprised if McDermott has identified a great GM candidate and suggested him to the Pegulas. His network is strong.

  37. bchap17 says: Mar 26, 2017 11:26 AM

    Poor Doug never had full control and never got to hire HIS choice for HC.

    I don’t understand all the hate. All GMs miss on QBs and it seems the Pegulas like to meddle.

    They had better hope this 1st time head coach knows what he’s doing and isn’t another Cam Cameron or Josh McDaniels.

  38. djbobbydee says: Mar 26, 2017 11:38 AM

    He, Whaley, has been in such a key position for the 7 of the last 17 years (drought) You are only as good as your weakest link.

  39. joma1969 says: Mar 26, 2017 11:41 AM

    Whaley may well be on the hot seat, but I don’t think McDermott doing the talking has much of anything to do with him gaining power…it has to do with Doug being terrible in front of a mic and repeatedly putting his foot in his mouth. I think they planned all along for whoever became the head coach, for him to be the public face of the franchise. It may have been one of the main reasons McD won out over Lynn, because they felt he was better equipped to handle these responsibilities.

  40. gmen32 says: Mar 26, 2017 11:42 AM

    joetoronto says: London Bills 2020. Wasn’t it supposed to be the Toronto Bills a few seasons back Joe? Wasn’t it “a lock”, “a sure thing”, “in the bank” with your last prediction?

  41. rabidbillsfan says: Mar 26, 2017 11:53 AM

    .

    I hear that Alaskan corn is the next super food. Also, the ginger cow was discovered and has signaled the oncoming apocalypse. You folks, all of you, are incredibly misinformed. Buddy Nix was still on the staff when EJ was hired, Whaley made the pick, but it was as much his decision as a 2 year olds in what they wear. Same applies to Rex. It was reported HERE that the Pegulas met numerous times, one-on-one with Rex before ultimately hiring him. I don’t buy this at all, I also don’t buy the hate. There are some gems on this roster, who facilitated the Shady trade? McD didn’t rework the Tyrod deal. There are draft picks all over this roster that are great players. His only blemish is the Sammy trade, and you that probably won’t be the case after this season so long as he stays healthy. Just go back to talking about Tom Babies jersey, it’s what your good at.

  42. mclennon99 says: Mar 26, 2017 12:04 PM

    The sooner they can Whaley, the sooner somebody new, somebody McDermott knows well, feels comfortable with and 100% trusts comes on board to help with next month’s draft.

    NO WAY should the Pegula’s allow Whaley to be part of this year’s draft. Let McDermott control this year’s picks…the guy is extremely smart and knows what is needed.

  43. hehateme2 says: Mar 26, 2017 12:09 PM

    I feel sorry for bills fans. this franchise remain a mess.

  44. jedimasterbates says: Mar 26, 2017 12:12 PM

    I’ve always had the impression that he is in way over his head and really doesn’t know what he’s doing. I feel the same way about Goodell.

  45. wib22 says: Mar 26, 2017 12:15 PM

    He hired the idiot rex ryan, so of course he should be fired.

  46. swhughes81 says: Mar 26, 2017 12:17 PM

    To tie into this story, the rumor is the final straw Terry P. Was at an event and when he came back because he forgot a file in his office, Whaley was pooping in his personal bathroom

  47. steelerdeathstar says: Mar 26, 2017 12:34 PM

    You would think that if the Bills were going to make this particular move (which would appear wholly justified), that they would have made it immediately after the season ended, and not a month before the draft?
    They’re not leaving much time for a potential new GM to settle in and get ready…

  48. Boris Yeltsin says: Mar 26, 2017 12:55 PM

    “A similar situation played out in Washington.” Not what you want to hear about your franchise.

  49. EJ says: Mar 26, 2017 1:02 PM

    JackieMoon says:
    Mar 26, 2017 9:14 AM
    May be the worst franchise in sports
    ______________________________
    Really? You must be very deprived of the sports world then… I can think of many sports franchises that have a rougher history than Buffalo has had. Especially considering their domination of the AFC from the late 80’s through the late 90’s and two AFL Championships. Google worse franchise sports teams… Buffalo is definitely not at the top of that list. Nice try though.

  50. bvolke says: Mar 26, 2017 1:11 PM

    Worst GM in modern buffalo history. His only strength has been finding second tier free agents. Although Jim Monos was more responsible for that.

  51. theaveragecharlie says: Mar 26, 2017 1:15 PM

    Head coach calling the shots? The only place in the NFL where that works is New England. And somehow I don’t think that Sean McDermott is anywhere near Bill Belichick.

    Welcome to yet another decade of futility, Buffalo Bills fans.

  52. charlesbrown2316 says: Mar 26, 2017 2:02 PM

    Whaley is decent. Was not long ago good free agents wouldn’t touch the Bills with a ten foot pole. I know one thing IF this happens and the Pegulas whiff on the next GM hire it’s going to get really ugly. There’s not many GMs that do what Whaley did through 3 coaches in like 5 years. That being said he just got an extension and McDermott didn’t even have a mini camp yet so it all sounds kind of dumb to me.

  53. billswillnevermove says: Mar 26, 2017 2:49 PM

    And the fact is Jerry Sullivan is a hack. He doesn’t know anything about football. He follows the NBA. He hates the Bills. The hack should go back to Boston where he belongs. He is the worst sportswriter to ever grace the Buffalo News. The great Larry Felser must be rolling over in his grave if he saw any of Sullivan’s garbage.

  54. maxkingpin says: Mar 26, 2017 2:55 PM

    Whaley fired?
    Please let it be true.
    He’s a glorified scout, nothing more.
    Get a real GM.
    Maybe then the Bills can make the playoffs before it becomes a 20 year drought.

  55. buffalobraves says: Mar 26, 2017 3:31 PM

    Whaley needs to go. He is not the only cause of the Bills lackluster performance over the past 7 years, but he is a constant and a significant contributing factor. He is incapable of successfully representing the Bills in public, nor is he the future. He has not gotten along with coaches, fans, and has not drafted particularly well. It’s time to move on.

  56. sjsmarts1 says: Mar 26, 2017 3:32 PM

    I’m pretty sure he’s not going anywhere, Bills just not letting him talk to the media after the last debacle. Why would you let him run free agency and all your draft analysis to then fire him? You would have fired him prior to this whole process or the next GM will have missed out on the most important part of his job for the current year. But as a Bill’s fan I know things aren’t done the logical way. I’m still getting over benching Flutie in our last playoff game after he got us into the playoffs (yes, the Flutie Music City Miracle debacle was our last playoff game).

  57. gah05 says: Mar 26, 2017 3:39 PM

    Whaley did not draft EJ Manuel but was an obvious advocate. He should have been looking for a franchise QB in the last 2-3 years instead of selling the farm on Sammy Watkins.

    He did make a few hidden gem signings like Lorenzo Alexander but his draft history is not great. All in all, Whaley deserves to be fired, and do not blame the Pegula’s if true.

  58. billswillnevermove says: Mar 26, 2017 3:45 PM

    sjsmarts1 says:
    Mar 26, 2017 3:32 PM
    I’m pretty sure he’s not going anywhere, Bills just not letting him talk to the media after the last debacle. Why would you let him run free agency and all your draft analysis to then fire him? You would have fired him prior to this whole process or the next GM will have missed out on the most important part of his job for the current year. But as a Bill’s fan I know things aren’t done the logical way. I’m still getting over benching Flutie in our last playoff game after he got us into the playoffs (yes, the Flutie Music City Miracle debacle was our last playoff game).
    _______________________________________
    And just so facts are facts. Rob Johnson did not lose that playoff game. He played well, drove them down the filed and set up the winning FG. It was the special teams that lost the game, and actually, the biggest rip off I have ever seen, it was a forward pass. No doubt about it. Loved Flutie, but Rob Johnson did not lose that game.

  59. billswillnevermove says: Mar 26, 2017 3:50 PM

    sdchicken says:
    Mar 26, 2017 9:55 AM
    EJ Manual in the first round was the nail in his coffin
    _________________________________________
    Another clown that has no clue. Was Buddy Nix. Go watch bowling.

  60. vinzclorth0 says: Mar 26, 2017 5:01 PM

    The Bills = Perennial Cellar Dwellers

  61. sjsmarts1 says: Mar 26, 2017 5:23 PM

    I will say Rob Johnson didn’t lose that playoff game… but Flutie would have won it. It was the Bills paying money to Rob and not wanting to look like they made a bad call so they put him ahead of Flutie even though Flutie played the 15 games to secure the playoffs. You are right though, Rob Johnson didn’t lose the game, it was special teams and a very questionable call.

  62. thegreatgabbert says: Mar 26, 2017 5:43 PM

    Maybe if the stress of the job is removed, Doug will finally have that bowel movement that’s been eluding him the past several years.

  63. wanger1 says: Mar 26, 2017 6:12 PM

    @joetoronto I’ve been reading your nonsense for years now and nothing has changed – you are a PRIMO DOUCHE

  64. billswillnevermove says: Mar 26, 2017 7:04 PM

    wanger1 says:
    Mar 26, 2017 6:12 PM
    @joetoronto I’ve been reading your nonsense for years now and nothing has changed – you are a PRIMO DOUCHE
    ________________________________________
    Along with the other 4 ID’s he uses on here including peytonmanningsforehead, widewirghtyoulose again and the other two. Guy is a first class loser. Doesn’t work, is 60 years old, has nothing better to do, still lives in his mom and dads basement. Would love him to have the stones to come to a Bills game, will show him 80,000 of my friends. Send him back in a cardboard box.

  65. absolutevisuals says: Mar 26, 2017 7:31 PM

    Cool. Bills are officially Sabres NFL

  66. jpmelon says: Mar 27, 2017 11:44 AM

    When will they fire Russ Brandon?

  67. briann891 says: Mar 30, 2017 12:35 AM

    Im sorry, but any fan who writes that buddy nix was the gm and made the ej pick has no knowledge whatsoever and does not follow this team closely. Whaley was brought on as assistant GM among other duties in 2010 as a hotshot from pittsburgh who did have good success there. It was widely reported here that he was being groomed for the GM job. It was common knowledge he would take over for Nix. Buddy Nix stepped down almost immediately after the 2013 draft. He stayed on to help whaley take the ropes then left. Anyone who thinks he did not make the choice of EJ Manuel has their head in the sand. This was his first big decision. EJ would not have been picked without his insight and approval. Who grooms a gm then picks a qb he doesnt love? no way. Also, Whaley was a big part of the Rex hire and has been extraordinarily passive and thin skinned. He touts every good decision and never stands up and accepts blame for a bad one. Hopefully if he sticks around he can grow a pair and assert himself and trust his skills. But for fans who believe he had no input in ej or rex: why the heck is he gm if he had no input in a decision that affected his future and his first coaching hire? unreal.

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