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Who will run the show in Buffalo?

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When the Bills officially introduce G.M. Brandon Beane on Friday morning, question will be asked about power and control. Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the expectation is that the answer will be that Beane has traditional G.M. powers, at least in writing.

The broader question is whether he’ll be exercising those duties. A widespread sense emerged in the aftermath of the firing of G.M. Doug Whaley that coach Sean McDermott will emerge with more power, and possibly with final say. That perception lingers, and the question of who runs the show will remain regardless of what is or isn’t said on Friday.

While it’s important for everyone to know their roles and the limits of their authorities, no properly functioning organization consists of people openly proclaiming “I have final say!” in order to get their way. The best approach is to work through all issues with a frank and candid exchange and, ultimately, the achievement of a consensus. If McDermott and Beane can do that, who has final say doesn’t matter.

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32 Responses to “Who will run the show in Buffalo?”
  1. donbat67 says: May 10, 2017 10:21 AM

    Don’t worry Richie is in control .

  2. redlikethepig says: May 10, 2017 10:23 AM

    Someone incompetent. Did I win ?

  3. BIGGSHAUN says: May 10, 2017 10:27 AM

    Does it matter ?

  4. ariani1985 says: May 10, 2017 10:29 AM

    Please be Richie or the bully from Karate Kid.

  5. jag1959 says: May 10, 2017 10:30 AM

    They seem to have narrowed it down to either the dog or the pony.

  6. nhpats says: May 10, 2017 10:32 AM

    Kim Pegula

  7. gah05 says: May 10, 2017 10:33 AM

    Other Brandon, Russ Brandon

  8. sirjoeshmoe2015 says: May 10, 2017 10:38 AM

    My guess is the visiting team.

  9. timmyp716 says: May 10, 2017 10:44 AM

    Jack Eichel runs bartertown

  10. davearnone says: May 10, 2017 10:51 AM

    Rule #1 of owning a team:

    Create clear and logical chain of command, allowing the President to Hire/Fire GM, GM to hire/fire coaches, procure players, Coach defines overall scheme, hire/fire coordinators.

    This seems so simple, it is stunning how billionaires don’t get it.

  11. u4iadman says: May 10, 2017 10:52 AM

    History shows the Patriots have their way in Buffalo.

  12. charliecharger says: May 10, 2017 10:56 AM

    Whoever is in charge today, might not be in charge tomorrow. Whoever is in charge this year, might not be next year. When things go well, you stay with the script. When things start going sideways, guys start to look out for themselves. Right now (May 10th), they’re undefeated.

  13. jagmankane says: May 10, 2017 10:59 AM

    Why do teams make this GM thing so complicated.
    GM acquires talent, via draft and free agency.
    Coach picks the 53.

    Anything else seems like it is asking for trouble when coach wants the best guys but GM doesn’t want to admit his guys aren’t the best guys…

    Kinda like my J-Ville squad hiring Tom Coughlin to oversee Caldwell….
    If Caldwell ain’t getting it done (he kinda isn’t) then hire TC and move on from Caldwell…

    Too many chefs… ruin.. soup or somethin

  14. EJ says: May 10, 2017 10:59 AM

    McDermott will have full control of the roster & draft day selections. Beane will help McDermott with those things and other GM responsibilities, but ultimately the decision making with players will come down to what McDermott wants and needs.

  15. unclebluck says: May 10, 2017 11:06 AM

    The lady that worries about Uber is running the show for both the Bills and the Sabre’s…..doesnt it show??

  16. orangeraider says: May 10, 2017 11:14 AM

    I think it should be, a circus and not a show.
    We should be looking for the head clown.

  17. 345snarkavenue says: May 10, 2017 11:17 AM

    is there a difference between ‘show’ and ‘organization’?

  18. weepingjebus says: May 10, 2017 11:45 AM

    I believe leadership is granted to whomsoever first draws the Bills zubaz pants from the stone in front of their stadium.

  19. stipez says: May 10, 2017 11:46 AM

    Schlitz has been running Buffalo for as long as anyone can remember.

  20. ducknichols50 says: May 10, 2017 11:48 AM

    change the bills uniforms back to the days of kelly, thomas, smith, talley, reed, etc.

  21. nyneal says: May 10, 2017 11:52 AM

    Well, it won’t be Rex Ryan.

  22. nookers says: May 10, 2017 12:01 PM

    This isnt news

  23. 7thGradeGymClassHero says: May 10, 2017 12:11 PM

    Barnum and Bailey

  24. thrasherm316 says: May 10, 2017 12:21 PM

    Russ Brandon will always run the show horribly.

  25. troubledoneswhobathe says: May 10, 2017 12:23 PM

    I vote for the mascot. He may be the most qualified.

  26. The Analytical Kid says: May 10, 2017 12:33 PM

    The Russians

    Right now everyone wants to say that they run it. Two years from now no one will claim it.

  27. Boris Yeltsin says: May 10, 2017 1:10 PM

    An I missing something with all the “Kim Pegula decides” jokes. I mean yeah guys, the Bills have two owners and she is one of them.

    Is it a massive knee-slapping, clown show laugh riot when your team’s owner makes decisions too?

  28. bobthebillsfan says: May 10, 2017 1:12 PM

    I hate to say it, but our friends to the east do it best. Belichick determines need, who plays, salary and defines the draft strategy. The scouting/player personal evaluate college talent in the college ranks. There is no “power struggle”.

  29. bobthebillsfan says: May 10, 2017 1:14 PM

    I should add this – not all of BBs draft picks hit, but at least the HC and the GM are in lock step with each other.

  30. widerightyouloseagain says: May 10, 2017 1:21 PM

    The Bills will finish 6-10 this year and Kim Pegula will clean house, again.

    Wide right, you lose again.

  31. whatjusthapped says: May 10, 2017 1:49 PM

    Presumably, the Bills have 90 players headed into training camp this summer. So the GM’s job doesn’t entail much till next spring so they have plenty of time to figure it out.

  32. absolutevisuals says: May 10, 2017 8:19 PM

    “Boris Yeltsin says:
    May 10, 2017 1:10 PM
    An I missing something with all the “Kim Pegula decides” jokes. I mean yeah guys, the Bills have two owners and she is one of them.

    Is it a massive knee-slapping, clown show laugh riot when your team’s owner makes decisions too?”


    Ask fans of the 49ers, Rams, Chargers & Browns.

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