Bills owner Terry Pegula not explaining why he fired Doug Whaley

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The Bills fired General Manager Doug Whaley today. Bills owner Terry Pegula doesn’t want to explain why.

“We have certain aspects we need to get a little better in,” Pegula said, in about as generic a comment as an owner could make about the decision to fire a G.M.

Via ESPN, when Pegula was asked what those “certain aspects” are, he declined to answer.

“I need to keep that private,” he said. “I don’t want to discuss that publicly.”

It’s been clear since shortly after new head coach Sean McDermott was hired in January that McDermott was making more decisions and Whaley was seeing his authority diminished. Pegula said in January that he thought it was insulting that people were describing the Bills as a dysfunctional front office, but that didn’t stop widespread discussions in March that Whaley was on the way out.

Now Whaley is officially out, but Pegula still doesn’t want to explain what, exactly, went wrong on this franchise that has seen so much turmoil this offseason.

70 responses to “Bills owner Terry Pegula not explaining why he fired Doug Whaley

  1. Pegula is becoming one of the worst owners in all of sports.

    Look how he’s managing the Sabres too. Who would want to work for a guy that just whacks everyone when he feels like it and makes odd hires in the first place.

  2. Get ready Buffalo fans. Chapter 1 of the “Kroenke World of Sports Management”. Explain nothing, avoid everyone and if the minions are caught have them deny, deny, deny. You will be moving soon. Has McDermott every been involved in a relocating franchise?

  3. “We have certain aspects we need to get a little better in,” Pegula said. Ya as in Wins….

  4. We’re officially in the age of “you’re beneath me, I don’t need to explain myself”.

    At this point, it doesn’t matter to a fired coach, the scouts and assistant coaches, but it might matter to the folks who will take those positions & await their own firing.

  5. Kind of strange to fire a GM after the draft. But maybe they did that on purpose, so the firing wouldn’t make them look dysfunctional before/during the draft. Unless Whaley made some draft picks the owner wasn’t happy about.

  6. Again the former owner Ralph C Wilson hired Whaley. Pegula the current did not like the results and foolish spending from Whaley.

  7. Pegula’s perspective is that he’s the owner and he’ll do whatever he likes.

    Both the Bills and Sabres have regressed since he bought them, but that means nothing to him.

    Oh, Buffalo.

  8. They waited to fire him so as not to disrupt the draft process. Pegula is doing what any new owner would do in this situation. He started from the bottom(Ryan) to see if it made any difference and when that did not work he went to the next level up which was Whaley and his scouting staff. Now McDermott has more control and basically gets to help pick who he will be working for as GM. Give Pegula a few more years and between the Bills and Sabres Buffalo will once again be back on top.

  9. Most of the time, owners and GMs aren’t being 100% honest anyway. My opinion is Whaley failed to find a QB. In this QB era, you need a good QB. I don’t need the owner to explain something that simple.

  10. Why do you want Pegula to rub it in?

    He fired Whaley (and Tim Murray – former Sabres GM) and decided there was no need to further to pile on. By firing both, he clearly thought they were not doing a good enough job.

  11. I wish Kim would be given more power and a more public facing role, because it seems clear to me that Terry couldn’t care less and has no interest in the football team.

  12. I’m probably way off the mark here but Whaley seemed to be way more interested in looking cool than being a competent GM

  13. As a diehard patriots fan, I would LOVE for the bills to finally get back to respectability. But, some of my friends from the navy are Buffalo natives and said how crappy Pegula runs the Sabres and they are worried it will happen to the Bills. So far, rob and Kenny are spot on. This is the crap I expect from the Colts and Jets.

  14. Using 2 first round picks on Sammy Watkins in a draft with OBJ and a lot of other receiver talent is reason enough to fire the guy.

  15. Once the draft is over, the job switches to hiring free agents to round out the roster for camp. Whoops! Cannot do that now.

    My take is that the owner wanted to feed his ego, by calling the staff in on a Sunday and firing them rather than waiting until the work week. What a peckerhead!!

  16. Terry P is the owner and he kept the Bills in Buffalo. I think i will give him the benefit of the doubt given his success in other industries.

  17. Media: Fire whaley, he’s awful.
    Pegula: i fired whaley
    Media: Pegula is clueless. He needs to sell…

    Sports media is the lowest denomination of all types of media…

  18. Want an explanation?

    LOOK AT THE BUFFALO SABRES! That’s all the explanation you’ll need on the Pegulas. Who are now looking for their second GM and third HC with that team since 2011. So of course they cleaned house with the Bills, they just did it with their other team and both are going to be operated the same.

    Good luck, Buffalo!

  19. “”vancouversportsbro says:
    Apr 30, 2017 3:33 PM
    Pegula is becoming one of the worst owners in all of sports.

    Look how he’s managing the Sabres too. Who would want to work for a guy that just whacks everyone when he feels like it and makes odd hires in the first place.””:

    – he did not hire whaley or murray. Now he will have his own people in charge.

    Give him some time now. He is a self made BILLIONAIRE, he didn’t make that much money being stupid or hiring the wrong people. His biggest mistake has that he hasn’t fired people quick enough like Whaley and Regier (Sabres GM before Murray).

  20. Because he doesn’t know. What did he know today that he didn’t know back in January, when Ryan was sacked, or even last September?

    I love a good dumpster fire especially when its a team that is in the same division as the team I support. Since I’m a Bruins fan this is a double dumpster fire since the Sabres are in flames too.

    Who said that God doesn’t give with both hands?

  21. Double post (Edit button please)

    Also I don’t know what is in the water that some people are drinking but, “Give Pegula a few more years and between the Bills and Sabres Buffalo will once again be back on top”

    Not only has it been years since the Sabres have ever been close to on top (never actually been on top), he’s had that team since ’11 and they’ve gotten worse with each decision they’ve personally meddle into. The Bills won’t get any better. Trust somebody that’s a fan of Philadelphia teams and watched them go from bad, to powerhouse, to bad again. Trust the processing is delusional until somebody competent gets involved and the Pegula’s take a hands off approach.

  22. The timing is not that unusual–new Colts GM is cleaning house from the scouting department as well.

    But you would think that the owner would..uh…try to communicate a little bit better.

    There has been tremendous communication issues–Rex getting fired, the confusion on who reports to who, and then the owner comes in and says he doesn’t know or can’t say. It is something I have not seen before.

    At least we can infer–this is Sean McDermott’s show now.

  23. This is what happens when actual businessmen buy sports franchises. They see who is getting the job done, analyze past performance, look at if that person had the resources to succeed. If not, they let them go. Guys like Pegula and Haslem get ridiculed and criticized, but why hang on to people who do nothing but wear nice suits and make bad decisions? The only person who can made bad calls is the guy writing those massive checks. Kraft and Belichick did/do the same thing and the results speak for themselves. League wide the successful teams have no issue doing this and no one says anything because they’re stable and they got their stability by doing the same thing others get critiqued over. If Buffalo finds their guy or gal in a position and it works, no one will even remember this firing.

  24. Terry’s getting great advice on how to run the team from Jimmy Haslem. The truth is that billionaire owners never have to explain anything to anybody, ever.
    BTW it could have been worse – easily forgotten now, but the low bidder in purchasing the Buffalo Bills behind the Pergulas was Donald Trump.

  25. Pegula was asked this question twice. This was his 2nd answer.

    The first time, he said that he wasn’t going to say because he didn’t want to start bad mouthing Whaley to the media. He wanted to keep the reasons private.

    It was actually a very classy thing to do IMO.

    It would have been easy to list off a bunch of reasons why Whaley was fired to appease all the fans/media. But Pegula chose to keep his mouth shut and take a little more heat. Class act.

  26. and between the Bills and Sabres Buffalo will once again be back on top.

    ———-

    Hahahahahahahba

  27. The Pegulas obviously have a lot of money but I don’t they have a clue what they are doing as the Bills and the Sabres are both in really bad shape.

  28. Uhhh, Pegula absolutely did hire Tim Murray.

    He thought simply bringing his millions to town would help these franchises, and is probably learning he doesn’t know what does/does not constitute good GMs and coaches.

    For reference, 2 of the first moves made after purchasing the Sabres was to sign Christian Erhoff and Ville Leino to huge deals… if you don’t know who those players are, its not just because you don’t follow the NHL.

  29. joetoronto says:
    Apr 30, 2017 4:11 PM

    Pegula’s perspective is that he’s the owner and he’ll do whatever he likes.

    Both the Bills and Sabres have regressed since he bought them, but that means nothing to him.

    Oh, Buffalo.
    __________________________________
    Oh, Joe………….get a job you 5 ID troll.

  30. seriously? does he need an explanation? look at the results, he should have been fired a long time ago. trading up for Watkins & drafting EJ Manuel in 1st round are reasons enough get get fired.

  31. Didn’t the Bills running backs coach somehow end up as head coach for a few weeks after waves of firings last year?

  32. A lot of people who are calling this “the new browns” don’t seem to get it. Whaley is from the prior owner, the new owner gave him a chance for 2 seasons, and he has seen nothing but a sh1t show, so instead of this being the new browns, its a new owner finally taking charge.

  33. Yup and now he’s the head coach of the Chargers

    weepingjebus says:
    May 1, 2017 9:48 AM
    Didn’t the Bills running backs coach somehow end up as head coach for a few weeks after waves of firings last year?

  34. Why is anyone surprised at what happened with the Bills? The team was not very good last year, and that’s being polite.
    Who cares if there is trouble in the camp???Only their fans.

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