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Doug Whaley

Bills Name Doug Whaley General Manager

In an announcement that was all but formally made at the first of the year, Doug Whaley has been selected as the Buffalo Bills General Manager, the team said Thursday.

The team has spent much of the past year grooming Whaley to succeed outgoing GM Buddy Nix, and his expanded role - and what it would mean for the future-  was touted at the beginning of  this year.

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The Whaley  File:

2013 Buffalo Bills General Manager

2011-12 Buffalo Bills Assistant GM/Director of Player Personnel

2010 Buffalo Bills Assistant GM/Director of Pro Personnel

1999-2009 Pittsburgh Steelers Pro Scouting Coordinator

1996-1998 Seattle Seahawks Area College Scout (East Coast)

1995 Pittsburgh Steelers Pro Personnel Assistant

At that time, The 73-year-old Nix - who resigned Monday- identified Whaley as his eventual successor.

Whaley is a former scout and executive with the Steelers. He was heavily involved in scouting this past year, and also involved in the Bills coaching search in January.

In signing Whaley to a long-term contract extension in February, both outgoing GM Buddy Nix and team president Russ Brandon referred to Whaley as someone who will "transition" into the top job "when the time comes."

"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," team president Russ Brandon said, in a statement released by the team.

Among his first priorities is negotiating to sign star safety Jairus Byrd. Though the Bills secured Byrd's rights by placing a franchise tag on him this offseason, the player has yet to sign his contract.

Byrd is instead holding out in a bid to secure a long-term deal.

Whaley becomes the team's fifth since John Butler was fired during the 2000 season. The lack of continuity has been blamed on the team's struggles.

Buffalo has not enjoyed a winning season since going 9-7 in 2004. And it has not made the playoffs in 13 seasons - the NFL's longest active drought

Nix's departure is not regarded as a surprise. He had been sidestepping questions about his future in Buffalo for much of the past nine months.

 The 73-year-old Nix will not be leaving the team entirely. He'll instead move into a newly created role as a special assistant.

Nix steps down two weeks after overseeing his fourth draft with the Bills, which the team opened by selecting its quarterback of the future in Florida State's EJ Manuel with the 16th pick. And his departure comes with Buffalo in the midst of yet another start-from-scratch overhaul under new coach Doug Marrone.

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Here's The official announcement from the team

Doug Whaley, a 17-year veteran of the NFL front office ranks, was promoted to General Manager of the Buffalo Bills on May 16, 2013 after serving as the franchise’s Assistant General Manager since 2010. He becomes the 12th General Manager in team

Whaley will join President and CEO Russ Brandon and Head Coach Doug Marrone as Buffalo enters a new exciting chapter in franchise. Whaley was an integral member of the organization’s head coaching search committee that identified and hired
Marrone in January who fit the criteria set in place to lead the players.

Along with taking part in the recent head coaching search, Whaley has managed the college draft process for the past two years along with overseeing the pro personnel departments for more than a decade throughout his NFL career. Among Whaley’s and
the organization’s goals through the team’s ongoing evolving process is to acquiretalent that helps produce a consistently competitive product on the field.

With that collective belief shared amongst Brandon, Whaley, Marrone and former GM and current Special Assistant Buddy Nix, the team selected QB EJ Manuel – the second quarterback in FBS history to win four straight bowl games – with the 16th overall choice in the 2013 NFL Draft. The team added WR Robert Woods – noted by many as the “most NFL-ready wide receiver” entering the annual Draft – and 2012 Rose Bowl Defensive Player of the Game LB Kiko Alonso in the second round. Rounds three through seven included the additions of WR Marquise Goodwin, DB Duke Williams, DB
Jonathan Meeks, K Dustin Hopkins and TE Chris Gragg.

Whaley was a key factor in the team’s 2012 offseason signing of free agent DE Mario Williams – “the most highly sought after pass-rusher available” – who produced a team-best 10.5 sacks last year for Buffalo.

Whaley joined the Bills organization in 2010 as Assistant General Manager/Director of Pro Personnel before being promoted to Assistant General Manager/Director of Player Personnel on May 6, 2011. From 2010-12, Whaley oversaw the team’s personnel departments and assisted then General Manager Buddy Nix in all football-related administrative duties.

Whaley came to Buffalo after spending 11 years with the Pittsburgh Steelers (1999-2009) as their Pro Scouting  coordinator. In that role, he was responsible for advance scouting of the team’s opponents and a focus on breaking down opposing players for the team’s upcoming games, evaluating unrestricted and restricted free agents throughout the season and into the free agent offseason period and making campus visits and scouting college players throughout the year.

Whaley began his career as an assistant in the Steelers’ Pro Personnel department in 1995 and later re-joined the club in 1999 after serving as an East coast area scout for the Seattle Seahawks from 1996-1998. In Whaley’s 12 years with the Steelers, Pittsburgh advanced to the playoffs seven times and captured two Super Bowl (XL and XLIII) titles in three championship game appearances.

A native of Pittsburgh, PA, Whaley was a four-year letterwinner as a safety and linebacker for the University of Pittsburgh from 1990-1993 where he graduated with a degree in Business Finance. Upon graduation, Whaley worked for one year  as a retail stockbroker on Wall Street in 1994. Whaley was a three-sport letterman in football, wrestling and track as a student at Upper St. Clair (Pittsburgh, PA) High School. Whaley and his wife, Stephanie, reside in Buffalo, NY.

The team also released a selection of quotes from around the NFL praising the Whaley selection   :

Bill Cowher, CBS Sports NFL Analyst and former Pittsburgh Steelers Head Coach (1996 - 06)
“Doug Whaley to me has “paid his dues.” He has done his job professionally and with high-quality. I know from working with him in Pittsburgh he is a guy who put due diligence towards every opportunity and task he was given. He has a wealth of knowledge, a good feel for people and a good eye for talent.

“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.”

Kevin Colbert, Pittsburgh Steelers General Manager
“Doug will be a great general manager for the Buffalo Bills. In our time together in Pittsburgh he displayed great knowledge, work ethic, loyalty and the ability to work with others in the pursuit of a common goal."

Paul Hackett, former University of Pittsburgh Head Coach (1989-92)
“Doug was a wonderful player and an important part of our team at Pitt. He did all the necessary things to be successful – making the calls at linebacker and working hard on all the little details. He was one of the smartest players on our team and his play reflected that. When he chose to enter the personnel business, I think everyone in the Pitt community had a big smile on their face. It was the perfect profession for a guy who purely loved football and made everybody around him have the same enthusiasm and love for fhe game.”

Randy Mueller, San Diego Chargers Senior Executive and former Seattle Seahawks Vice President of Football Operations (1995 – 98)
“When we first hired him right away you could tell he wanted to learn. He respected the people who had been there before him and was always looking to figure out new ways to do things and to learn how to get better. Doug is very much a team-oriented guy and humble. He will build a consensus to make decisions and will not think he has all the answers. If you can build consistent consensus in your decision making you have a good chance at succeeding in this business. I think Doug will be a good leader, but yet at the same time he is always going to be one of the guys and that is a great trait in my opinion.”

Former Bill Alex Van Pelt, Green Bay Packers running backs coach and former University of Pittsburgh quarterback (1989 – 92)
“As a leader, Doug is first and foremost going to be very vocal and hold everyone accountable. Those are two of the things that will stand out immediately. He has a blue collar mentality. He works hard and has tremendous work ethic. As a player, he always had that personality and used his intelligence on the field to lead our defense. He started his career with the Steelers and worked his way up through the ranks – which I think is very important especially in football. He has done the grunt work. He has been successful everywhere he has worked. Doug is a great young mind and will bring a lot to the table in the general manager position. He is ready for the challenge. I think he is going to have a very bright future in Buffalo.”

Ray Anderson, NFL Executive Vice President of Football Operations
“Doug Whaley is one of the brightest and most articulate minds at work in the NFL today. He’s honed his skills during many years of working in solid organizations and with dedicated colleagues. He has earned this opportunity to be the Bills’ new General Manager and I anticipate terrific res

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Bills Name Doug Whaley General Manager
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