The Buffalo Bills announced that GM Doug Whaley will officially be leading the organization’s head-coaching search to replace Rex Ryan.
This likely means that Whaley will remain with the Bills as their general manager next year. It could also be a good sign for interim HC Anthony Linn, who he is expected to be an internal candidate for the job in the coming weeks.
Earlier in the day, Vic Carucci reported that Whaley convinced ownership to part ways with Ryan and have Lynn replace him.
By having Whaley stay on for the head-coaching search, it could impact the quality of candidates interested in the job, as it’s possible Whaley could be fired if the team continues to struggle next year, which would leave their next head coach in a tough position.
If Lynn already has the support of Whaley, it’s possible they could keep him in place as their head coach much like the Buccaneers did with Dirk Koetter last year.
Other names that have been linked to the Bills’ job include veteran HC Tom Coughlin and Eagles DC Jim Schwartz.
Whaley, 44, was hired as the Bills’ general manager back in 2013 after he spent 10 years working for the Steelers. Since taking the Bills’ job, Whaley’s teams have produced a record of 30-33 (47.6 percent) and have just one winning season and no playoff appearances over the course of four years.