Doug Whaley to assume role as Bills general manager


The Buffalo Bills set up a succession plan for general manager Buddy Nix when they extended the contract of assistant General Manager Doug Whaley in February.

Though there was no timetable at that point for Whaley to assume the head job, Nix’s decision to step down earlier this week accelerated the process. The team has announced that Whaley will officially assume the position of General Manager on Thursday.

Whaley joined the Bills in 2010 as assistant G.M. and director of player personnel. He’s worked in NFL front offices since 1995 as a scout and in player personnel roles with the Seattle Seahawks and Pittsburgh Steelers before joining the Bills organization. Now Whaley gets his chance to be the guy with final say for the Bills.

21 responses to “Doug Whaley to assume role as Bills general manager

  1. Good situation for him. While I’m sure he was involved heavily in the draft and coaching searches, if EJ Manuel and/or Doug Marrone fails, Buddy Nix will be blamed but if they are successful, it makes his job a whole lot easier. Its a win/win situation.

  2. The Whaley Era officially begins. On the bottom for so long… things can only get better. Nix did lay a decent foundation for the turn around… Now its Whaleys team to fine tune…

    Enjoy your retirement Buddy!! You have had a nice career!!

  3. The question I will always have: Was the 2013 draft Buddy Nix’s or Doug Whaley’s? Who really made the final call on those picks? It just is absolutely strange for a GM to step down right after a draft. Nix didn’t even sign all the picks before he stepped down. Also have to wonder if Whaley was the one who made the call on Marrone . It wouldn’t make sense to me if Marrone wasn’t Whaley’s guy. New GM’s always want “their own guy”, right?

  4. I love the way the Bills are doing things. Since Ralph gave Russ Brandon control of the franchise, things are different over at One Bills Drive. New young coaching staff, young QB, and now a young GM. We’ll see how things turn out in the next few years, but this team is different and heading in a new direction. The Bills will be better than people think this year.

  5. I’m looking forward to what Whaley can do for the Bills. Overall I think Nix did an adequate to slightly above adequate job considering how much of a train wreck the Bills were when he took over but they still had a losing record during his tenure. I think with all the new young staff the Bills have brought in this offseason we finally have a chance to turn things around.

  6. This is setting up nicely. I like that Nix will be a phone call away for advice whenever help is needed. Perfect situation for beig a first time GM, regardless if it’s the Bills or not

  7. I really like the direction the Bills are going… Youth in the front office will create continuity and stability the team hasn’t seen in years… Whaley has been put in a position to succeed… and he will…

  8. I like Whaleys pedigree as a talent scout for Pittsburgh and that hes a 100% football guy at the position where you need a 100% football guy.

    Good Luck Doug!

  9. I am glad to see another brother on the rise in the NFL front office. I do wish we lived in a world where color did not matter and only your job performance does but the world doesn’t work like that. But that is all I will say about that.

    He seems capable and has the football pedigree from all of his previous stops and I wish him luck against the rest of the league except the Browns.

  10. I agree with most of the posters here.. It’s a positive change. They have been trying the same thing for years. Retread GM, retread coach. I like the injection of youth. It seems like this staff is taking a completely different approach and when you have missed the playoffs for 13 years, different is good!
    I understand why some people are calling Whaley a no name. I get it, but he cut his teeth in Pittsburgh and they always seem to build good competitive teams, and always plan for continued success. And also when you call someone a no name, remember Tom Donahoe was a big name, Buddy Nix was a Big name! Sooner or later you have to do something else!

  11. Where’s the Florio article complaining about the lack of an interview of any non-minority candidates?

  12. I believe Buddy Nix did a solid job during his time as the Bills GM. While he was here, Nix pretty much re-built the whole team from the ground up. Not only did he make many positions much stronger, he solidified them for the next few seasons. With a few setbacks along the way, Buddy Nix started the team in a new direction, heading back toward the days of being on top of the AFC. I just hope Doug Whaley picked up a lot of good information while he was sitting behind Nix this whole time. Go Bills!!!! #BillsMafia #NobodyCirclesTheWagonsLikeTheBuffaloBills

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