Buffalo Bills GM Doug Whaley recently signed a three-year extension with the team. Buffalo is coming off of back-to-back non-losing seasons and Whaley has used the draft, trades, and free agency to add players such as Sammy Watkins, Ronald Darby, Karlos Williams, Richie Incognito, Charles Clay, LeSean McCoy, Tyrod Taylor, Shaq Lawson, and Reggie Ragland since taking over as general manager. It seems that Whaley is doing a fairly good job as GM, but Don Banks of Sports Illustrated listed Whaley as one of eight GMs who are under pressure to get results in 2016.
Doug Whaley, Bills: Buffalo’s 8–8 record in Rex Ryan’s first season as head coach was disappointing but good enough to secure the status quo in Whaley’s case. While the three-year contract extension given to Whaley in January now means both he and Ryan are locked up through 2019, there’s still a distinct sense of urgency with the Bills shackled to that odious NFL-worst 16-year playoff drought. Whaley has his share of success stories in the draft and with the rest of the roster—with some glaring exceptions—but until Buffalo finally gets over the hump and returns to relevancy, his job security will continue to be a question that won’t go away.
Should Whaley and Ryan should both feel an urgency to get the Bills back to the playoffs? Absolutely, but Whaley may not face the same urgency as Ryan. You could argue that Whaley has given Buffalo's head coach more than enough talent to work with in 2016.
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