When Bills CEO Russ Brandon met in Detroit on Monday with 94-year-old owner Ralph Wilson, it was believed that Brandon would getting his marching orders from Wilson.
As it turns out, Wilson gave Brandon the ability to give marching orders.
Per multiple reports, Brandon will become the team’s new president, with full authority to do anything and everything that needs to be done in connection with the football operation. Also, Buddy Nix will remain the G.M., but eventually Nix will yield the title to Doug Whaley, an assistant G.M. who is believed to be on various short lists for G.M. jobs elsewhere.
Brandon will essentially be operating as a surrogate owner, like Mike Holmgren recently did in Cleveland.
The move comes at a time when it previously wasn’t clear who would was calling the shots in Buffalo. Finally, we know the answer, which officially will be announced at a noon press conference.
And the answer will remain accurate until the Wilson family sells the team and a new owner takes over and inevitably cleans house, Jimmy Haslam-style.