Tension Between Doug Marrone and Doug Whaley

Tension between Buffalo Bills GM Doug Whaley (pictured right) and HC Doug Marrone may lead to one, or both of them, being dismissed after the season by Terry Pegula (pictured left).

Tension between a head coach and general manager is never a recipe for success. According to Bucky Gleason of The Buffalo News, there is plenty of tension between Buffalo Bills head coach Doug Marrone and GM Doug Whaley. Gleason wrote:

“The Pegulas’ first order of business will be deciding whether to keep General Manager Doug Whaley and coach Doug Marrone. Apparently, tension mounted between the two during the season. Some inside the organization believe that their working relationship is beyond repair.”

Jason La Canfora reported earlier in the season that Terry and Kim Pegula may add a football consultant after the season. If this is the case, the consultant may be deciding the fate of the team’s coach and general manager right away.

Doug Whaley should be commended for some of his draft picks (Kiko Alonso, Robert Woods, Sammy Watkins, Preston Brown, Seantrel Henderson), and waiver wire additions. Just this year alone, MarQueis Gray, Bacarri Rambo and Marcus Thigpen have made an impact for the team. However, Whaley would also take some blame for draft picks (E.J. Manuel and Cyrus Kouandjio) and he may also be questioned for trading up for Sammy Watkins.

Doug Marrone also has his strengths and benefits. He’s found a way to win eight games with an offensive line that struggles along its interior and he’s done it with EJ Manuel and Kyle Orton at quarterback. However, Marrone’s conservative decisions may have cost the Bills a few wins this season. Marrone could also be questioned about not playing Mike Williams (no longer with the team) and why it took so long for him to play Kraig Urbik.

Whaley and Marrone aren’t perfect, as shown by some of the examples above, but they’ve both played a part in improving the Bills. Both Dougs have done enough to earn another season with the Bills. That said, if their relationship truly is beyond repair, one, or both of them, may be let go following the season.


Buffalo Football Report Top Stories