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Buffalo Bills News - April 30, 2017

Marker Bucky Gleason: Buying into Bills' future is tough considering bungled past [4:13 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'That's not all dead money. That's bad business. And it's a product of bad decisions that eventually trickle down to an unsuspecting fan base that is convinced the Pegulas are interested in nothing more than community service. Their past mistakes suggest they're too involved and don't have a clue how to get it right.'

Marker Bills fire GM Doug Whaley one day after NFL draft ends [3:54 PM]
USA Today reports: 'McDermott was granted significant power when came over from the Carolina Panthers. In the past four months, there have been changes at many levels of the organization, from player engagement to media relations to the team chaplain to now the scouting department.'

Marker Timeline: Doug Whaley's tenure defined by some hits, bigger misses [3:47 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'May 8-10, 2014: Whaley trades the Bills' 2015 first- and fourth-round draft picks to Cleveland to draft Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins in the first round of the NFL Draft. Offensive lineman Cyrus Kouandjio is chosen in the second round. Linebacker Preston Brown (third round) and offensive tackle Seantrel Henderson (seventh round) also picked.'

Marker Maiorana: It's on the Pegulas to fix the mess that is the Bills [3:46 PM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Have they learned their lessons through these frustrating trials and tribulations, and are they primed to at long last get it right? We’re about to find out, and the immediate and tenuous future of both franchises hangs in the balance as fans breathlessly await two critical decisions that the Pegulas simply can’t whiff on.'

Marker In Buffalo, an Organization Still Broken [3:45 PM]
SI reports: 'Time and again, the lack of direction from above has been painfully obvious. That’s not to say that this latest move came out of leftfield. The fact that the team didn’t hire Whaley’s choice for head coach—willingly letting Lynn go to the Chargers—was the first sign that the GM who “led” the coaching search was in trouble. The hiring of McDermott, who Whaley didn’t really know, was second. Third was Whaley’s disappearance from the public eye.'

Marker What They Said: Transcript of Terry Pegula's comments on firing Bills GM Doug Whaley [12:56 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'You know, I don’t want to discuss publicly why we made the decision, the factors. Like I said, Doug’s a good guy, he’s a smart man. But we made the decision. The reasons remain private to us and Doug.'

Marker Wheeling And Dealing Bills [12:11 PM]
Bills Daily reports: 'On the surface this seems to be an excellent draft for the Bills as they filled several holes, added character, versatility, and playing experience at several positions that really needed it. This draft took into consideration the short term needs as well as the long term needs with gaining a first round pick in next year's draft. This was the first stamp that McDermott has put on the organization and it was a very positive first step that instills confidence among the fan base and makes the dismissal of Whaley even easier to take than it already was for many.'

Marker Bills dismiss GM Doug Whaley, expected to release scouting staff [11:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Among other the highlights of Whaley's time with the Bills were the acquisitions of low-cost but productive free agents: quarterback Tyrod Taylor, guard Richie Incognito, and linebackers Lorenzo Alexander and Zach Brown.'

Marker Terry Pegula says Bills 'ran a process' that led to firing of GM Doug Whaley [11:50 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Part of our evaluation process is looking and talking to everyone in the organization," he said. "That’s the way we run the team. ... It's going to be Kim and I, and we're going to use every resource we can inside and outside the organization to find the person. That's how we're going to do it. We're going to ask Sean questions, absolutely."'

Marker Bucky Gleason: Bills make easy decision to fire Whaley; now must find right replacement [11:49 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'In case you haven't noticed, money doesn't solve all problems.'

Marker Buffalo Bills fire general manager Doug Whaley, to no one's surprise [11:47 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'He joins Tom Donahoe, Marv Levy, Russ Brandon, and Buddy Nix in the Bills’ graveyard of general managers who failed to get the Bills to the postseason in the 21st century.'

Marker Roth: With Whaley gone, McDermott's power officially confirmed [11:46 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The once rising star was with the Bills since 2010, a period consisting of one winning season, a record of 30-34 as GM, and no playoffs. Just 36 percent of his draft picks became starters (that's giving him 2016 top picks Shaq Lawson and Reggie Ragland). Giving away a first-rounder for injury prone wideout Sammy Watkins set the franchise back another step and no players from the 2013 draft class of just four years ago remain with the team.'

Marker 10 candidates to replace Doug Whaley as Buffalo Bills' general manager [11:45 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Brett Veach, co-director of player personnel, Kansas City Chiefs.'

Marker Who is Brandon Beane? 5 things to know about Buffalo Bills GM candidate [11:44 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Beane was one of several candidate to interview for the San Francisco 49ers' general manager job in January. The team hired John Lynch later that month.'

Marker NFL Draft 2017: National media grades the Buffalo Bills' draft class [11:43 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'The national media was clearly impressed with Buffalo's draft class as the Bills earned high marks across the board.'

Marker Buffalo Bills fire GM Doug Whaley; Brandon Beane potential replacement [11:42 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'On Sunday, the Bills made the move many expected or wanted throughout the offseason. Now more than ever this is McDermott's team, and it is he who can be judged for its success or failure going forward.'

Marker Buffalo Bills fire general manager Whaley 1 day after draft [11:40 AM]
AP reports: 'Though Whaley was present in the Bills draft room this past weekend, it was unclear how much influence he had on the selections.'

Marker Bills fire GM Whaley day after draft [11:38 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Pegula said McDermott took a more active role in draft decisions over the weekend, including the Bills moving out of their original first-round slot -- No. 10 -- in a trade with the Kansas City Chiefs.'

Marker Doug Whaley fired as Bills general manager [11:37 AM]
ESPN reports: 'In his first draft as general manager in 2014, Whaley traded the Bills' 2015 first-round pick to move up and select wide receiver Sammy Watkins fourth overall. Watkins eclipsed 1,000 yards receiving in 2015 but has missed 11 games the past two seasons because of injuries.'

Marker The Bills fire general manager Doug Whaley the morning after the 2017 NFL Draft [11:36 AM]
CBS Sports reports: 'CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora reports that Panthers assistant general manager Brandon Beane is the top candidate to replace Whaley.'

Marker Why the Bills might finally be due now that Doug Whaley's rocky tenure is over [11:35 AM]
CBS Sports reports: 'Whaley was a divisive figure in Buffalo. His drafts and signings and interpersonal relationships were under critical review, and this move was a long time coming, as has been reported here and elsewhere in recent years.'

Marker Buffalo Bills dismiss GM Doug Whaley one day after NFL Draft ends [11:33 AM]
Fox Sports reports: 'Pegula says personnel directors Jim Monos and Kelvin Fisher have been fired, and new GM will make call on VP Jim Overdorf. Big changes.'

Marker Bills fire general manager Doug Whaley [11:31 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Whaley's name is often tied to draft follies such as quarterback E.J. Manuel, tackle Cyrus Kouandjio and the trading of an extra first round pick to acquire wide receiver Sammy Watkins, who's fifth year option is still being contemplated. The Bills were 30-34 in Whaley's tenure as the general manager.'

Marker It's official: Bills fire GM Doug Whaley [11:30 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'As for Whaley's decision making, while he was given the keys to be more aggressive in free agency and the draft, a clear mismanagement of the salary cap and how it would impact them in the future put the Bills in a bind this offseason, to where they couldn't compete for more than one or two bigger name free agents to help the roster immediately.'

Marker Bills relieve GM Doug Whaley of duties [11:28 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'This was my decision. It was not an easy decision but I believe it’s the right one for the future of the Buffalo Bills.'

Marker 5 Bills thoughts from the 2017 NFL draft [11:28 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Peterman is seen as a quarterback whose NFL learning curve should be shorter than most college QBs these days thanks to playing in a pro-style system. That would appear to leave Cardale Jones and Josh Woodrum with a bit of an uphill climb.'

Marker Will solid draft for Bills save Whaley’s job? [11:27 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'We’ll see how good it is, ultimately, for Whaley and his scouts.'

Marker Bills wrap up NFL draft by adding QB depth, defense [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills stuck with the need-based approach they took from the beginning of the draft Thursday night by using their other two picks Saturday on linebackers: Boston College's Matt Milano with their first choice in the fifth round (163rd overall) and Boise State's Tanner Vallejo with their final pick, in the sixth round (195th).'

Marker Jerry Sullivan: McDermott does the talking, Whaley dead man walking [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'McDermott has quickly risen to a position akin to such established powers as Bill Belichick, Pete Carroll and Andy Reid. He was embraced when he arrived as coach because he wasn't Rex Ryan. Now he's being given extra slack for not being Whaley.'

Marker Jerry Sullivan's Hot Read: Bills trying to get the QB right [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Maybe people look at adversity, what he went through at Tennessee as a negative," McDermott said. "We see it as a positive. You hear about the arm strength. Some people didn't like that. I know there's some pretty darn good quarterbacks who aren't throwing the ball through the drywall, but they're deadly accurate and they anticipate and they're keenly acute in terms of intelligence and leadership."'

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