After another season for the Buffalo Bills in which not only did they miss the playoffs, but they didn’t finish above .500, GM Doug Whaley spoke to the media on the future of the team, how their head coaching search will go, etc.
What became clear early on during Whaley’s remarks is that the Bills are a dysfunctional trainwreck of an organization that has little to no direction, and it all came from this:
So the GM, who is supposed to be making these kind of football operations decisions, has no clue why the head coach he supposedly hired was fired? What’s going on here?
Oh that’s why. He didn’t have final say in hiring the head coach in the first place, because the team’s owners, the Pegulas, ended up having most of the say. So what does that say about the upcoming head coaching search in which offensive coordinator and interim head coach Anthony Lynn, who of course was promoted to this role before Week 3, is apparently a favorite for the full time job?
So Doug Whaley isn’t as much a decision maker on the football ops side as much as a spokesman or a bad hatchet man? And then, because Whaley is evidently both of those things, he turned to one of the most tired tropes in sports to portray the challenges facing this moribund organization as not nearly as difficult as they probably are:
Rodak goes on to say that using the word “narrative” probably won’t work, which is an understatement. And just to make this stupid situation even stupider:
The Bills still haven’t made the playoffs this century. On today’s evidence, it might be another century before they get their act together.