by Pat Freeman
The Buffalo Bills one day after completing the fourth draft of General Manger Doug Whaley, relieved him of duty. There are some very important facts that must be discussed before we can have an intelligent discussion in regards to this subject.
Every General Manager in the history of the Buffalo Bills has been over all football operations except Tom Donahoe, who was given the title of President, and Russ Brandon who had the title of Chief Operating Officer.
Doug Whaley had the title of General Manager but was not given the power of his predecessors. Whaley was only over the 53 man roster, college, and pro scouting.
Fear of a black… no other GM had so many cards stacked against him, while having so little power to run normal GM operations.- cs
Whaley was the first Buffalo Bills general manager of color but also was the first not too run football operations!
The local media except for the Challenger Community News Sports Editor George Radney and me were the first in the media to report that Doug Whaley had a limited scope of responsibility that usually falls on the General Manager in charge of an NFL team. Team owner Terry Pegula was asked if Vice President Jim Overdorf would be retained. “He stated that will be up to the new General Manager.” This is a contradiction of past policy of the limited role that was given to Doug Whaley. Listening to some of my contemporaries who continue to put out misinformation on the scope of Doug Whaley’s authority which they have done since he was hired in 2014 continue to just add alt-facts.
The media here has consistently blamed the dysfunction of this franchise on Doug Whaley with no regards of the facts surrounding his limited responsibility. On April 30th. another local outlet stated that Doug Whaley did not handle the tender of contract to restricted free agents the last couple of years. This would be true if it was the responsibility of Whaley within the Buffalo Bills organization, which it is not. Contracts are handled by Jim Overdorf on the recommendation of the head coach for retention.
The media would rather write about alternative facts than do proper research, and realize that Whaley was handicapped from the start by Russ Brandon, and the late Ralph Wilson.
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