It was announced just after noon today that the Buffalo Bills General Manager Buddy Nix (pictured in blue) has stepped down and Doug Whaley (pictured in grey) will be his replacement. While Nix stepped down as general manager, he will retain a job as a special assistant, but what that means is anyone’s guess.
Nix’s legacy is fairly solid in Buffalo, and while he might have had the worst poker face in the history of sports, he did get everything he said he wanted. Year one he wanted a “little waterbug” and that turned out to be C.J. Spiller. In 2012 he said he wanted a pass rusher, and while most people figured he’d settle for someone along the lines of Cliff Avril, instead he landed the big whale in Mario Williams. He finally mentioned that he’d likely step down after the team takes a franchise quarterback, and they took E.J. Manuel in April who turned out to be the only quarterback that was taken in round one of the 2013 NFL Draft.
Whaley worked for the Pittsburgh Steelers as a Pro Personnel Coordinator for 10 years before accepting the job with the Bills. He worked directly under Kevin Colbert, the Director of Football Operations. He is most known for his great scouting ability of defensive players which includes players such as Lawrence Timmons, Lamarr Woodley and Troy Polamalu. This transition between Nix and Whaley will likely be seamless as it’s speculated that Whaley had control over this season’s Bills draft. That was easy to see since the team went after more talented players, even if they’ve made mistakes in the past, which is a different strategy than previous years.