Losing Doug Whaley Would Be A Mistake

             With the Buffalo Bills’ season coming to another disappointing end, resulting in the 15th straight season without making the playoffs, rumors have begun to swirl throughout the football world. One of them is that General Manager Doug Whaley will be fired. Some of the possible replacements have been said to be Bill Polian or even more likely his son, Chris Polian.

            The critiques of Whaley, however, are nitpicky and oversensitive. The EJ Manuel pick at 16 overall, the heaviest of all critiques against Whaley, has been heavily scrutinized. Though I am not willing to give up on Manuel as a viable NFL quarterback (he has only started 14 games, not even a full seasons worth) I am willing to admit he may have been over drafted. However, people tend to forget that we moved back to draft Manuel. We traded our eighth overall pick and a third round pick for the 16th overall pick, a second round pick, a third round pick and a seventh round pick. With that seventh round pick the Bills selected Chris Gragg who had seven receptions and a touchdown this year. With the received third round pick the Bills selected the speedy Marquise Goodwin. Last but not least, with the second round pick the Bills selected Kiko Alonso who tallied four interceptions and 87 tackles last year when healthy. I’m not exactly sure what Manuel is valued at, but Alonso is certainly a consensus star on the defensive side of the ball. In the grand scheme of the trade the Bills come out on the top.

            The other more recent critic of Whaley is the pick of Sammy Watkins. Qualms aren’t necessarily aimed at the player specifically, as we all know Watkins is a solid number one receiver. This critique deserves more merit due to the outbreak of Odell Beckham Jr. and Mike Evans. But hindsight is 20-20 and every team had Watkins as their number one receiver in the class. It is difficult to reason firing a man following a single mistake. 

            Furthermore, Whaley made some minor moves that proved to be major at the end of this season. The pickups of Marqueis Gray and Marcus Thigpen were diamonds in the rough as Whaley did whatever he could to make a playoff push. He did what a GM is supposed to do, exhaust every option and never cease improvements. 

            If you didn’t have enough evidence yet, here are some players drafted since Whaley has been with the Bills, including his time with Buddy Nix: CJ Spiller, Marcus Easley, Marcell Dareus, Aaron Williams, Da’Norris Searcy, Ron Brooks, Nigel Bradham, Stephon Gilmore, Duke Williams, Robert Woods, Preston Brown, Seantrel Henderson. Add in the huge signing of Mario Williams and extensions for the right guys and Doug Whaley has done an excellent job as GM.

            So no, I don’t want Whaley fired, or even Marrone for that matter (but I’m willing to listen on Hackett). We have been rebuilding since the Super Bowl Era. I finally feel that we are close to breaking over the cusp. I don’t want to start over with a new GM and coach. Whaley has built a championship caliber defense and has gotten us closer to winning since I can remember. I want to win. I want now, not later. I want a home playoff game in the Ralph. So let’s not fix something that isn’t broken. Let’s fix the broken pieces of the team (QB, O-line) and keep the good. Let’s keep Whaley.

Here’s to that playoff game at the Ralph next year!