New head coach Sean McDermott is the team's 11th of the century. They may have missed out on some potential general managers, but that was really the only risk.
He also said he and Kim would lead the search for a new GM, but they would of course "ask questions" of Sean McDermott, Buffalo Bills Head Coach, throughout the process of hiring a new GM. Whaley was a divisive figure in Buffalo.
The decision was reached shortly after the two met at 8 a.m., a day following the National Football League draft, and it completed a front-office purge that began with coach Rex Ryan being fired in the final week of last season.
"First off, I own the team", Pegula said. Regardless, Whaley gradually had his control stripped away, to the point where his firing was considered a foregone conclusion. Had he, Marrone would have been retained and Whaley would have been replaced.
With this firing, both Pegula run teams are now without a GM. But it was never good for long with Rex, either. Was there disagreements between McDermott, Whaley and scouting staff? The team empowered him to serve as the face of the franchise, adopting a "one voice" mantra, having McDermott be the one to address the media and conduct interviews while Whaley would stay in the background.
Should starter Taylor be injured or endure another bad season it's not far-fetched to believe Peterman sees National Football League action this year. That will make him a free agent following the coming season. Time was getting short for Whaley.
Between adding linebackers Matt Milano and Tanner Vallejo Buffalo managed to draft a quarterback who will fight for Tyrod Taylor's job. But McDermott has time on his side, and an owner firmly in his corner, and very soon he will have a new GM with him who shares his vision and knows how he thinks and already has a working relationship with him. Team owner Terry Pegula announced the move in a statement. Now, the Bills are changing course and sending him on his way. Once the draft ended, the final act to start anew at One Bills Drive commenced - which with all things considered, makes sense. He'd do well to call back on some personnel men from his time in Philly before that, as well.
This was McDermott's draft, and this is his team, and Pegula should have made that clear.