Doug Whaley will retain control over Buffalo Bills roster

Despite reports to the contrary, general manager Doug Whaley will remain in control of the Buffalo Bills 53-man roster.

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Jan 14, 2015; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills general manager Doug Whaley speaks during a press conference as head coach Rex Ryan looks on at ADPRO Sports Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Despite reports that the Buffalo Bills would be handing more power over to their next head coach, the reports are not entirely true. While the team’s next coach will have the power to hire and fire his staff, control of the team’s roster will remain with general manager Doug Whaley, something that could deter potential coaches from the job.

While news of more head coach power got the rumor mill turning, Sal Capaccio brought those wheels to a halt, tweeting out that the rumor was greatly exaggerated due to the limited amount of new power a coach would have.


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Such a move would have been a massive change for the Buffalo Bills behind the scenes. Holding control over the players, Doug Whaley remains in control of the team’s and coaches’ future. Considering that moving this responsibility to the head coach would make his job all but null and void so it is really no wonder why he remains in control.

Also in charge of the Buffalo Bills head coaching search, Doug Whaley is about to have his fingerprints go all over this organization. Depending on your views of his job, this is either a good thing or a bad thing. However, if you believe that it is a good thing, please leave now. Do not pass go, just leave now. Good. Now those nutjobs are out of here.

Whaley has done absolutely nothing to prove that he is deserving of his current position let alone leading a head coaching search. To me, this current situation has disaster written all over it. The worst part is that if Whaley continues to make bad decisions in player drafting and signing, it will drag a potential head coaching star down the drain with him.

The worst part in my mind though about this new “power” folks were talking about, it is common in the NFL for a head coach to have the power of hiring and firing his coaching staff. Giving this power to a head coach is almost like giving a customer crackers with their soup. Everywhere else does it, but now you should be happy because we are too.

Hopefully a new head coach can get this organization headed in the right direction. However, as long as Doug Whaley remains in charge of most decisions, I don’t see a turnaround happening anytime in the near future.

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