Doug Whaley compares his Bills to current team
Former general manager of Bills, Doug Whaley, has his fingerprints on this current Buffalo team, whether people like it or not.
Whaley was a member of that search group that landed on Sean McDermott. Of course, the two were never part of the same front office on a match day.
Because of this, for the most part and logically speaking, Whaley is a predecessor to the current Bills regime, and the evidence of that lies very much in the pudding. The bills are doing a much better job right now than Whaley's ever.
The ex-GM himself can even see it and recently compared the two. Whaley, who appeared on the Go Long podcast with Dunne & Monos, has broken down what he's seeing now in Orchard Park versus what was before.
Whaley still believes the rosters he put together were good enough but explained the clear reason why he believes they didn't come together.
"There's a difference between talent and a talented team. We had a collection of really talented players, but they weren't a talented team." You can have a man who may be less talented but fit into that team structure better than a man who is more talented, ”said Whaley. "That's exactly what the bills have right now."
Whaley went on to explain that the constant changes in the coaches and front offices, like the way he worked before McDermott's arrival, make it difficult to find such a work environment.
"That's the problem you have with constantly changing coaches," said Whaley, who also played a role in hiring Doug Marrone and Rex Ryan.
In hindsight it's 20/20, but the bills finally ended up in the right mix on their front office and coaching team, which has allowed them to create a comprehensive product that works together as Whaley describes it. Whaley added that the current bills have the kind of team that you can find players on who are suitable for specific jobs. His teams didn't have that luxury and he would add players who might work in multiple systems in the future.
This of course makes it quite difficult to build a squad or even commit to a coach in the long run.
But during those troubled times, Whaley mentioned that he believed the bills learned from it. In their first search for a coach that ended up landing on Ryan, Whaley said he and the Pegulas spoke to many different types of coaches, from new names like Adam Gase and Frank Reich to a Super Bowl winner like Mike Shanahan.
After seeing so many different types of soccer players, it seemed to help the Bills land on McDermott ... or so, at least, Whaley thinks he helped a bit.
"We really wanted to give them the full spectrum of the types of coaches out there," said Whaley.
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