Bills fire GM Doug Whaley

Buffalo Bills fire General Manager Dough Whaley day after draft.

Last offseason Bills ownership promised to fire both the head coach Rex Ryan and general manager if they did not clinch the playoffs. Last season the Bills were eliminated after an overtime loss to Miami Dolphins week 16 where Ryan was fired two days later. Now Whaley has been fired one day after the completion of the 2017 NFL Draft.

“After a thorough review of our football operations over the past several months, Kim and I informed Doug this morning that we will be moving in a new direction,” Bills co-owner Terry Pegula said in a statement. “We have enjoyed working with Doug. He is a good person and we want to thank him for his work and commitment to our football team. This was my decision. It was not an easy decision but I believe it’s the right one for the future of the Buffalo Bills. Our search for a new general manager will begin immediately.”

Last season the Bills finished 7-9 and extended the leagues longest playoff drought to 17 years. Whaley joined the Bills staff as an assistant general manager in 2010 and was promoted to general manager in 2013. In four seasons he’s accumulated a 30-34 record.

The Bills have also fired their entire scouting staff.

By Gino Terrell

Read about Rex Ryan’s gig after being fired from Buffalo Bills and his thoughts on the team’s ownership.


Gino Terrell is the Director of Content at Hidden Valley Culture Blog/In-Depth section. Terrell covered local artists and reviewed mainstream shows in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area under the Twin Cities Daily Planet (2014-15). He also freelanced for MinnPost and interned at Pioneer Press, KSTP TV (the Minneapolis ABC News Affiliate) and American Public Media Group. He's accumulated over 30 awards from the Associated Collegiate Press, Society of Professional Journalists and National Association of Black Journalists and founded award winning student-magazine Pipers In-Depth at Hamline University (St. Paul, Minnesota). He was once the sports editor for the school newspaper, The Oracle. Follow him on Twitter: @Gin026

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