Bills relieve GM Doug Whaley and entire scouting staff of jobs

The Bills fired GM Doug Whaley after the draft, but how have his three previous drafts produced according to PFF numbers?

| 3 weeks ago
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Bills relieve GM Doug Whaley and entire scouting staff of jobs


  • The Buffalo Bills ownership took the step of firing general manager Doug Whaley and the entire pro and college scouting staff shortly after the draft.
  • Whaley had been in charge since May 2013, giving us three real drafts to evaluate (he was reportedly significantly sidelined for the 2017 process).
  • Over three seasons, 75 percent of Whaley’s draft picks are currently still on the roster, with injuries being the most notable issue among the top picks.

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  • However, looking at performance, only two of the picks (WR Sammy Watkins and CB Ronald Darby) have achieved PFF grades of 80-plus over a season, and each regressed after achieving it.
  • The majority of the group has been unable to play enough to prove their worth, including their top two draft picks from 2016.

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  • crosseyedlemon

    This makes no sense to me at all. If your plan is to make this kind of move why wait till AFTER the draft. The coaching changes following Rex Ryan’s departure are now in jeopardy too since any new GM is likely to want his own people in those positions.

    • Wojo

      It looks like they are going to find a GM with ties to the new coaching staff.

      • crosseyedlemon

        I think that has been tried in the past but without much success.

    • Ben

      Most personel contracts run til the day after the draft. Waiting probably just saves Pegula some severance packages.

      • crosseyedlemon

        That’s true but if it was simply about saving money the Bills could have spent less in free agency (87.7mill which placed them 14th on the list).

        • Ben

          Salary cap money and employee salary money have literally nothing to do with each other. A good chunk of that 87 mil (which is only 2 points away from the median) will never be paid out and is, in effect, fake money.

    • Paradox

      You don’t want any leaks on your draft plans. Cutting him afterwards was the right move.

      • crosseyedlemon

        Which teams were going to alter their early round draft selections had they been aware of the Bills draft plan? None that I can think of.

        • Paradox

          Off the top of my head, Arizona anticipating getting leaped for a QB.