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With the Pegula owned Bills, first come drips of leaks. Then tsunamis of leaks. Then, almost anticlimactically, the firings. EDT Sunday that Whaley had indeed been fired, and principal owner Terry Pegula later confirmed that Whaley entire scouting department had joined him in the ranks of buy canada goose jacket cheap the unemployed. Surprise, surprise.
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have certain aspects we need to get a little better in, Pegula said, without elaboration.
Furthermore asked why canada goose coats the hatchet had to fall if Whaley and McDermott were getting along so well, Pegula said: I don want to talk about the past. I want to talk about the future. the canada goose uk black friday new Bills GM doubles as some kind of football ops czar, or answers to such a new overseer, or answers directly to the Pegulas, or answers to McDermott, Pegula answered, vaguely, going to be whatever we decide. McDermott replaced Rex Ryan after his disastrous two year stint as head coach, it wasn made clear at the time that within weeks he become the sole voice of the Bills regarding football operations, even to explain all player personnel decisions and to take all pre draft questions.
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Why fire Whaley now, and not in January? Because the end of the NFL Draft typically marks the end of the scouting year in the NFL, canada goose store and immediately afterward is a common time for scouts and others in player personnel to be let go, or to jump jobs.
Whaley had served as Bills GM since May 2013. He had canada goose clearance been groomed for that post since 2010, when two Bills executives then CEO Russ Brandon and then GM Buddy Nix wooed Whaley from his role as coordinator of pro personnel with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
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A month before he took over from Nix as GM, Whaley in April 2013 had a central role in the decision to draft EJ Manuel as new franchise quarterback, with the 16th overall pick.
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