Whaley’s promotion comes at a time when the Bills are essentially starting from scratch in rebuilding what Brandon described as having a “tarnished” reputation.
Brandon began the transition immediately after the season ended, when he was elevated by team owner Ralph Wilson to his new position and awarded full control of the entire organization. Brandon’s first moves were firing Chan Gailey and then hiring Doug Marrone less than a week later.
The next step in the transformation becomes Whaley.
“It’s all about what we do moving forward. And with Doug at the helm as our general manager and coach Marrone, we feel very good about our future,” Brandon said. “I can stand up here and talk about it all day, but it comes down to results and proving it.”
Whaley will be responsible for the roster and also formulating the Bills’ draft strategy. Jim Overdorf, senior vice president of football administration, will continue in his role as the team’s chief negotiator and salary-cap manager, who answers directly to Brandon.
The Bills are a very young team. They have only nine players on the roster who have been with the team since before the 2010 season.
In drafting Manuel, the Bills hope to have addressed a quarterback position that’s been unsettled since Hall of Fame standout Jim Kelly retired following the 1996 season.
Whaley’s first moves as GM was adding to his staff. He hired Jim Monos as director of player personnel and Kelvin Fisher as director of college scouting.
Monos spent the past eight years working as an area scout with the New Orleans Saints.
Fisher joins the Bills after spending the previous 13 seasons in various capacities as a scout with the Steelers.
Buffalo Bills new general manager Doug Whaley speaks to the media during his introductory NFL football news conference at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, N.Y. May 16. (AP Photo/The Buffalo News, Mark Mulville)
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