Jason Cole of B/R reports that people in the Bills’ front office continue to be “stunned” by the reports that GM Doug Whaley isn’t on the hot seat along with HC Rex Ryan.
Cole’s sources believe the main issues for the Bills have been poor personnel decisions like the trade up to get WR Sammy Watkins a few years ago, despite the fact that they could have had Mike Evans or Odell Beckham Jr had they remained in their draft slot.
Other issues for Whaley have been the decision to lock up DT Marcell Darius to a massive contract extension and the team’s inability to find a true franchise quarterback.
With all of this in mind, Cole’s sources believe it would “unfair” to fire Ryan after two years and keep Whaley in place as the team’s general manager.
On Sunday, Adam Schefter reported that the Bills are preparing to move on from Ryan after the season but they’re expected to keep Whaley in place and give him a rare third opportunity to hire a new head coach.
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 30-32 (48.3 percent) and have just one winning season and no playoff appearances over the course of four years.
We’ll have more regarding the Bills and Whaley as the news is available.