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Doug Whaley named Bills new Assistant GM and Director of Pro Personnel


This past Wednesday, the Buffalo Bills made official the hiring of  Doug Whaley, who will join the Bills front office.

Whaley has spent the past 11 years wit the Pittsburgh Steelers, the last 10 of which he served as the Steelers’ pro scouting coordinator.  During his tenure in Pittsburgh, Whaley has been a part of two Super Bowl winning teams while working under Kevin Colbert, the Steelers Director of Football Operations. Whaley is best known for his superb scouting abilities on the defensive side of the ball.  His bread and butter is placing a huge emphasis on the draft.  Over the past 10 years, Whaley and the Steelers have landed incredible talent talent on defense, often turning mid to late rounders into effective starters.  The names speak for themselves: Troy Polamalu, LaMarr Woodley, Casey Hampton, Clark Haggan, Larry Foote, Ike Taylor, Chris Hope, and Lawrence Timmons.

Back in 2008, the Kansas City Chiefs were interested in Whaley for their GM position, but the Chiefs ultimately filled landed Scott Pioli from New England.   Whaley fills the shoes of former vice president of pro personnel John Guy, who was fired last month.  Now, Whaley will serve as GM Buddy Nix’s right hand man.

While Whaley may not have been the final decision maker in regards to the draft in Pittsburgh, he brings three invaluable qualities that the Bills have been missing for quite some time now:  strong talent evaluator, stability and experience with a winning organization.  And, if you’re looking for a bonus quality, he comes from outside of the Bills organization.

What it all means for Buffalo :  Well call me totally crazy, but it seems as if the Bills are getting their sand together as far as the front office is concerned and there appears to be a process geared towards STRUCTURE.  Nix is new to the title of GM, but he’s been around the block, serving under current Chargers GM A.J. Smith and the late John Butler.  Again, call me crazy, but on paper it appears as though the Bills have a succession plan, and a successor once Nix’s time as GM comes to a close.

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