Mario mentioned suicide, attorney says [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“The true character of someone is always revealed in times that we don’t typically agree with. In these times it’s how you respond and portray yourself to others that shows the ethics, character and true morals of a person. What’s shown speaks for itself!'
Mario Williams text message: ‘No money in the world should leave me with suicidal thoughts’ [1:58 AM]
Houston Chronicle reports: 'Friday, he released a three-page series of text messages sent to Marzouki’s mobile phone in which Williams wrote on Nov. 11, “I took 3 hydrocodones this morning and no one knows” and “I’m going to take 2 more on the plane and fade away.” He also texted “No money in the world should leave me with suicidal thoughts.”'
Bills DE Williams fails to mediate ring dispute [1:57 AM]
AP reports: 'Williams did post several notes on his Twitter account Friday night - among his first since July. Though they didn't mention Marzouki or the lawsuit, the messages posted were in defense of his character.'
Whaley focused on playoffs [1:56 AM]
Sportsnet reports: '“To get in the playoffs the first thing you have to do is win the division. We are cognizant of what our competitors in the division are doing and a lot of what we do building our roster centres on how is this going to help us match-up against the New England Patriots, against the Miami Dolphins, against the New York Jets; because that’s our first goal every year, to win the division.”'
Whaley preaching hard work, accountability [1:55 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“There’s no magic formula and if there was I wouldn’t be able to tell you because 31 other teams would want it, but if you’re committed to accountability and hard work then the sky is the limit,” he said.'
Whaley takes his turn in long history of Bills GMs [10:39 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Younger isn’t necessarily better, but for a team that hasn’t made the playoffs since the 1999 season, those hires seem to indicate a new direction and commitment to change.'
Commencement day at One Bills Drive [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Asked what quality Whaley possesses that gives him an eye for football talent, Modrak said: “His core is he knows people. He has a feel for the room. He has a sense for what’s right and what’s wrong, and I think that all carries over when he analyzes players.”'
Whaley brings new perspective to reconstruction [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It was difficult to determine whether he was shy, extremely cool or trying to blanket his nerves, but there somewhere was elegance to his guarded answers and direct message. Whaley has a quiet, unassuming way about him. You can only hope he has enough intelligence and confidence to make the right decisions.'
Whaley adds talent evaluators in Monos, Fisher [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I’ve known him for a while. He’s an incredible talent evaluator and he will be important for us on the road, seeing the top talent,” Whaley said of Monos, who comes to the Bills after spending the past eight seasons as a scout with the New Orleans Saints.'
Buffalo Bills name Doug Whaley general manager [1:56 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“There’s no magic formula and if there was I wouldn’t be able to tell you because 31 other teams would want it,” Whaley said. “But if you’re committed to accountability and hard work, I think the sky’s the limit. Our main goal is to give our fans a team that consistently competes for championships.”'
New GM Doug Whaley 'won't limit' himself in upgrading Bills [1:55 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '"I had a little more input and influence in setting up the draft board," Whaley said. "It was still Buddy's pick, but I was the one that put the magnet on the board, and Buddy (maybe) pulled it off.'
Bell: New Bills GM Doug Whaley left Wall Street for NFL [1:54 AM]
USA Today reports: 'That man, Doug Whaley, was willing to give up his job as a retail stock broker on Wall Street for the chance to break into the NFL.'
Bills promote Whaley to take over as GM [1:53 AM]
AP reports: '''Doug has every quality you look for in a leader,'' team president Russ Brandon said. ''He's the perfect guy to lead this organization and lead our football operation. And I don't know of a guy that's more deserving of this opportunity than Doug Whaley.'''
Bills elevate Whaley to GM position [1:52 AM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Whaley spent 11 seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers, including his last 10 as the team's pro scouting coordinator, before joining the Bills. He was also a scout for the Seattle Seahawks for three years.'
For Bills, Whaley was obvious GM-in-waiting [1:51 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'When asked if there was a "Steelers way" of doing things, Whaley said yes there is. "They don't accept losing," he said. "They set the standard of competing for and winning championships. If we instill that here, we'll be headed in the right direction. It's an organizational effort from top to bottom. If we're committed to accountability and hard work, the sky's the limit."'
Bills announce Doug Whaley as GM [1:50 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“It is with great pleasure to name Doug Whaley to the position of General Manager today," said Russ Brandon, Bills Team President and CEO. "Doug has been involved in every level of player personnel throughout his career and he will lead our efforts in reestablishing a winning tradition for this organization and our great fans."'
I think the Bills may have gotten this right [1:49 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'When some people talk in sports it’s very hard to believe them. Tom Donahoe was a great example of that, but Doug Whaley seems different. Football means a lot to him and this job means a lot to him, “This is a culmination of a lot of hard work. When anybody says hard work does not pay off, I’m going to have to say look at me because I believe it does.”'
Buying Time [1:48 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'None of this guarantees that Doug Whaley and Doug Marrone are going to be great, or even good at any of this. Really, without being too simplistic about it, much of that will be dictated by how good EJ Manuel is and how soon.'
Doug Whaley named Bills general manager [1:47 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“Doug is a passionate and committed leader who will work tirelessly with his department to build a team our fans and all of Western New York will be proud of heading into the future.”'
Bills add pair to personnel department [1:46 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“Jim Monos and Kelvin Fisher bring a wealth of player personnel experience from championship organizations to their new roles with the Buffalo Bills,” said Whaley. “Both men have a keen eye for talent and will play a pivotal role in our talent evaluation process for years to come. We are excited to add two well-respected and innovative personnel professionals to this organization.”'
Doug Whaley: ''Consistently compete for championships. That's our goal.'' [1:45 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'When you look at it from that standpoint obviously there’s a lot of newness to the organization, no question. We all embarked on the process of hiring Coach Marrone a few months ago. And at the end of the day when we sit here, it’s new and different but it all comes down to wins and losses. And we’re all about accountability as well. From every person in this organization and I’ve mentioned back on January 1 that we share the fan’s frustration and our stakeholder’s frustration over the past 13 years. But you won’t hear us talk much about that. 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 and I can stand up here and sit up here and talk about it all day, but it comes down to results and proving it. That’s the next step of what we have to achieve and it’s proving it on the field.'
What they're saying about Doug Whaley [1:44 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“I think when you talk about people that earn the opportunity to advance and earn the opportunity to have more responsibility that Doug is a guy who has proven along the way at every step that he can equal the challenge and then surpass it. It does not surprise me that he has been named General Manager.”'
A History of Bills General Managers [2:22 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'As Buddy Nix steps away from his role as the 11th General Manager of the Buffalo Bills, here's a look at the complete history of Bills General Managers, with snapshots from the official Buffalo Bills media guides during the time of their tenure.'
Bills hope Hughes can fill a void [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“Absolutely, I’m still the same guy,” Hughes said after the Bills’ practice on Wednesday. “If anything, those first two years in Indy gave me the chance to rest up and learn. So now I’m an eager, fresh, hungry, 24-year-old, ready to get out there and get playing football.”'
Bills sign 2nd-round draft pick, LB Alonso [1:58 AM]
AP reports: 'Chosen 46th overall, the 6-foot-3 and 238-pound Alonso was a hard-hitting tackler during three seasons at Oregon. He had 143 tackles, six interceptions and 3 1/2 sacks in 36 career games, including 17 starts. He was the 2012 Rose Bowl defensive player after having an interception and 1 1/2 sacks in a 45-38 win over Wisconsin.'
Bills sign second-round pick Alonso [1:57 AM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Only Buffalo's top two draft choices remain unsigned in quarterback EJ Manuel and wide receiver Robert Woods.'
Bills sign second-round pick [1:56 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'He had 143 tackles (99 solo), six interceptions and 3.5 sacks in 36 games at Oregon. Among his collegiate highlights was being named the defensive player of the game in the 2012 Rose Bowl against Wisconsin.'
Bills Spiller excited about up tempo offense [1:55 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Spiller will probably receive a greater work load from the new coaching staff. The Clemson product was a guest on the WGR morning show on Wednesday and said the “get to know you”process is moving along with Head Coach Doug Marrone and Offensive Coordinator Nathaniel Hackett.'
Wood and Bills have mutual interest in new deal [1:54 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '"There's obvious interest from both sides to get a deal done at some point," Wood said Wednesday. "But with a GM change and a big-time free agent at safety that we'd like to get re-signed -- and this is just me speculating myself, this isn't stuff they said -- and rookies, I know I'm not top priority right now. Hopefully we can get a deal done at some point, maybe this summer."'
Bills sign LB Alonso to rookie deal [1:53 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Alonso, the 46th overall pick in 2013, is thought to be a candidate to start at middle linebacker after the Bills traded away third-year player Kelvin Sheppard to the Indianapolis Colts just after the draft ended. The former Oregon player would also slot in to an inside linebacker role when the team goes looks that feature the 3-4 defensive scheme.'
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