ORCHARD PARK, NY – Just a two months ago, Buffalo Bills head coach Sean McDermott emphasized changing the team’s culture at his introductory press conference. Now, according to a report from CBSSports.com’s Jason La Canfora, those changes may even stretch all the way to the front office.
“I continue to hear that new Bills coach Sean McDermott has growing cache with ownership and that team could be bringing in vice presidents and/or personnel figures with ties to the coach in the near future,” La Canfora wrote in a recent piece.
“Panthers director of player personnel is someone particularly well thought of who could end up in Buffalo after the draft in one capacity or another. There are already rumblings that the marriage of McDermott and Bills Gm Doug Whaley likely isn’t built to last,” the article continued.
That last sentence is particularly interesting considering that Whaley was supposedly chosen as the leader of the team’s recent coaching search, which resulted in selecting McDermott.
At his aforementioned introductory press conference, McDermott expressed comfortability in regards to Whaley remaining in control of the 53-man roster and working together. Then at the NFL Scouting Combine McDermott mentioned that he and the Bills GM don’t always see eye-to-eye.
“We have disagreements, but at the end of the day, we’re making decisions that are right for the Bills organization,” the former Panthers defensive coordinator said. “That’s the team within the team. Doug is counting on me and I’m counting on Doug.”
This certainly isn’t the first time Whaley’s relationship with the sitting head coach has been called into question. Throughout Rex Ryan’s two-year tender with the Bills, similar reports often emerged.
If Buffalo is to make any changes within the structure of the front office either by adding a new position or bringing in a new general manager, it likely won’t come until after the draft.
As La Canfora mentioned, Panthers director of player personnel Don Gregory could be a realistic option, especially given his familiarity with McDermott. Gregory first came to Carolina in 2006 as the director of college scouting, before being promoted to director of player personnel ahead of this past season.
Should any front office changes come to fruition, it would serve as further evidence that McDermott has more power than he initially led on.
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