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SBD/May 14, 2013/Franchises
Buddy Nix Steps Down As Bills GM; Doug Whaley Expected To Take Over Role
Published May 14, 2013
INCOMPLETE GRADE: ESPN.com's James Walker wrote it is "difficult to fully gauge Nix's impact in Buffalo." The tangible evidence "so far doesn't look good for Nix," as it is "easy to point to Buffalo's 16-32 record during his three-year tenure." You can also look at Nix' "failed hire of former Bills head coach Chan Gailey." Rookie QB E.J. Manuel and DE Mario Williams also could be "huge blemishes that would make Nix's run as GM in Buffalo a complete disaster." But until then, Nix's "three-year legacy with the Bills is still to be determined" (ESPN.com, 5/13). In Buffalo, Mike Harrington writes there are "parts of the Bills' plan you at least have some shreds of respect for." Nix said that he "needed to draft a franchise quarterback as part of his legacy before he departed." Harrington: "We'll see how things go with EJ Manuel but at least the pick was finally made" (BUFFALO NEWS, 5/14). QMI AGENCY's John Kryk wrote Brandon has "a ton of respect for Nix, whose wiseacre Alabama drawl, forever-furrowed brow and snarly expression often belied the polite, pleasant-natured family man." It is "too early to give Nix a final grade as a talent collector." To be "sure, though, his drafting was not as good as he or the club had hoped." There is "no doubt Nix's biggest blunder was believing Ryan Fitzpatrick was the answer at quarterback." Presuming Whaley gets the GM job, the club's "top-to-bottom youth movement will be complete." Kryk: "Brandon, 45, is president. Whaley, 40, will be GM. Marrone, 48, heads up a young coaching staff. And the future quarterback is the 23-year-old Manuel. Out with the old, in with the new. Entirely now" (QMI AGENCY, 5/13).
ANALYZE THIS: YAHOO SPORTS' Brian McIntyre noted Whaley is a "highly-regarded talent evaluator and received a contract extension from the Bills in February." With Whaley waiting in the wings, and Brandon "eager to create a 'robust' analytics program that Nix hasn't been too enthusiastic about, Nix stepping aside this offseason does not come as a complete surprise" (SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 5/13). In Buffalo, Joe Buscaglia noted now that Nix has moved on, it is "fair to wonder if the promised analytics department will lift off for the team." Brandon on Jan. 1, "proudly proclaimed that the new-age Bills would be venturing in to the world of statistical based research in certain ways, and said it in a way that got fans excited." When the new GM is announced, it is "likely that analytics will be one of many topics of conversation for the new man calling the shots" (WGR550.com, 5/13).