It is no secret that the Buffalo Bills have struggled mightily over the past decade and then some. General managers have come and gone promising the same thing. Unfortunately, none of them have been able to make good on their plan to reach the playoffs, as it has been 13 straight seasons without a postseason berth. With that being said, first-year general manager Doug Whaley might have what it takes to lead the Bills to greener pastures.
“Just take it one step at a time, keep your nose to the grindstone, work hard and good things will happen,” Whaley said, according to DemocratandChronicle.com.
Whaley is a very hard worker, which is how he got to where he is at such a young age. Not to mention, he is only the sixth African-American to become a general manager in the NFL. Buffalo is hoping that his incredible work ethic will rub off on the team, which could propel them to an above-.500 record and the playoffs in 2013.
The 40-year-old was named the assistant general manager and the director of pro personnel for the Bills in 2010. Buffalo has not finished better 6-10 over the span of three seasons but all signs point to Whaley improving on that record in the near future.
Everyone within the organization is rooting for Whaley and hoping he is the guy to turn the franchise around.
“He deserves this opportunity,” Bills President and CEO Russ Brandon said, according to DemocratandChronicle.com. “I have watched him work very closely for the last three and a half years. Doug has every quality you look for in a leader. He has great work ethic, he is tireless at work, he is one of the most humble guys I have ever met, and everything is about us.”
Several interesting moves within the organization have occurred over the past few months, with the signing of quarterback Kevin Kolb being the most talked about. Whether Whaley can help the organization succeed or become just another forgotten general manager remains to be seen. However, from the look of it he has all the tools to make the fans in Buffalo proud once again.