Bills President and CEO Russ Brandon accompanied Buddy Nix Monday, when he announced he’d be stepping down from his post as general manager. It didn’t take long for speculation to begin on who will assume the post as top personnel man in the Bills speculation.
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It’s widely believed that Assistant GM Doug Whaley was hired to eventually replace Nix, with the outgoing general manager even referring to Whaley as such at the NFL Combine this past February. Brandon however, wasn’t as specific.
“We have a plan and we are going to execute that plan,” said Brandon. “When I am ready to address the situation at some point, we will all be sitting here again together and we’ll go through that process. I won’t go through that (now) or at any time in the near future. We have a plan in everything we do.”
Whaley was a part of the four-man party that conducted the coaching search, which ultimately led the organization to Doug Marrone. He has also taken on a larger role overseeing the College Scouting Department the past two years when he was promoted to Assistant GM.
Nix spoke of making a clean break now before the next scouting season begins next week in St. Petersburg, Florida when clubs begin getting briefed on the 2014 draft class, to make for an easier transition for the Bills front office.
“We talked about it,” said Nix. “If you think about waiting for the end of the season, you already go through a full fall of scouting and personnel matters. So when you are in the middle of that, you do not want to waste that and leave before the draft. This is the best timing for the organization and to move on with somebody new. And let them all go through the process together.”