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  • Bills Select NFL Veteran Buddy Nix As Next General Manager

    Nix Joined The Bills In February After
    Eight Years In Chargers Organization
    The Bills' promotion of Buddy Nix to GM "gives the Bills a man who held every key position on a football team except general manager over a 49-year career in the game," according to Mark Gaughan of the BUFFALO NEWS. Nix joined the Bills as a National Scout in February after eight years with the Chargers, where he ultimately served as Assistant GM & Dir of Player Personnel. Nix, who worked for the Bills from '93-'00, gives the franchise a "connection to their glory days," and gives team Owner Ralph Wilson "someone with whom he is comfortable, an important factor." Wilson also interviewed Bills VP/Player Personnel John Guy for the GM position. Meanwhile, the team promoted COO Russ Brandon to CEO, while removing GM from his title. Brandon still will "oversee the entire organization and report to Wilson, but Nix will have control of football decisions" (BUFFALO NEWS, 1/1). Nix will have "full responsibility in finding" the Bills' next head coach. Wilson said, "He will hire the new football coach and oversee him and the whole operation connected with football" (BUFFALOBILLS.com, 12/31). The team today "released all of their coaches from their contracts," though a team source said that interim coach Perry Fewell is "scheduled to interview ... for the head coaching job this evening" (BUFFALONEWS.com, 1/4). 

    THE RIGHT FIT: Wilson said of Nix, "I know Buddy. I know he's done a good job wherever he's been. ... I'm not looking for big names. I'm looking for somebody that can get the job done. I think he can." More Wilson: "There's one caveat.  I don't think it's going to come immediately. Because I think you build a football team through the draft. You can go out in free agency and sign a few that might fit your team. But you just can't go out and sign a lot of free agents and do it overnight. It's going to take time to turn things around. But we're not that far away" (BUFFALO NEWS, 1/1). In Buffalo, Jerry Sullivan noted Brandon had "been telling people that, given a chance, he would knock this hire out of the park," but instead he "hit a bloop single." The Bills have "done the easy thing, the weak and short-sighted thing." Instead of "reaching for the stars, they reached across the hall and plucked out Nix" (BUFFALO NEWS, 1/1).

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