It’s been an unfortunate offseason for Buddy Nix thus far: from falling prey to a prank call connecting him to another general manager, to the criticism over the Buffalo Bills‘ surprising E.J. Manuel draft selection, to cutting losses on the Ryan Fitzpatrick extension by waiving the veteran quarterback this offseason.
Nix stepped down as Bills GM on Monday to assume the role as special assistant, while Bills assistant GM Doug Whaley is expected to transition into the 73-year-old’s vacated position.
“I think at some point, you’ve got to step aside and let young guys that are qualified have their shot,” Nix said in a news conference, as transcribed by The Associated Press. “I never put a timetable on it. I always felt like I’d know when it was the right time. And I think it’s the right time. … I feel strongly that the team is on the right course for success.”
Nix worked for the Bills back during their “glory days” of the 1990s, before returning to the franchise as general manager in 2010 while head coach Chan Gailey was hired. Bills compiled a 16-32 mark during the Nix regime and remained an enigma on draft day, with Manuel at No. 16 in 2013 and C.J. Spiller at No. 9 in 2010 being two of the most surprising selections.
While the more notable contracts like Fitzpatrick and Mario Williams had not panned out by the time of Nix’ departure, recent draftees like Spiller, left tackle Cordy Glenn and cornerback Stephon Gilmore are already proving to be cornerstones for the future.