Doug Whaley fired as Bills general manager
Doug Whaley fired as Bills general manager.
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — The Buffalo Bills fired general manager Doug Whaley, the team announced Sunday.
The Bills were 30-34 in Whaley’s four seasons as general manager.
"After a thorough review of our football operations over the past several months, Kim [Pegula] and I informed Doug this morning that we will be moving in a new direction," Bills co-owner Terry Pegula said in a statement.
"We have enjoyed working with Doug.
It was not an easy decision but I believe it’s the right one for the future of the Buffalo Bills.
The Bills also dismissed their entire scouting staff a day after the draft, with Terry Pegula announcing the decision during a news conference Sunday.
When the Bills hired Sean McDermott as coach in January, Whaley retained control of the 53-man roster and continued to report directly to the Pegulas.
McDermott spoke at the Bills’ pre-draft news conference, as well as after each of the team’s draft selections were made last week — interviews that had been conducted by Whaley in prior seasons.
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.