Terry Pegula is a man on a mission, that mission being finally bringing a winning culture to Buffalo. Something that certainly hasn't been accomplished in his time there as an owner. Pegula is the owner of the Buffalo Sabres and Bills for those of you that didn't know. Last week he fired the head coach and GM of the Sabres and now he has done the same for the Bills. Kinda strange how he went about it for the Bills and that's what we're going to dive into.
Rex Ryan, former coach of the Buffalo Bills, was fired immediately after the season. If Pegula was going to make a GM change it would've made sense to fire Doug Whaley at the same time as Rex Ryan, this way you can hire a new head coach/GM tandem together. Instead, Pegula hired McDermott to be the coach of the team, held onto Whaley for awhile as GM, and then the day after the draft is officially over it's announced Whaley got the boot, this doesn't make sense. Why would they allow a guy they want to get rid of to draft a whole class of players, well it turns out it was McDermott calling the shots at the draft. Whaley wasn't the only one fired, the entire scout team was as well, so obviously Pegula wasn't satisfied with the talents we had been getting out of the draft in recent years.
In 2013 Whaley was named the full time GM of the Buffalo Bills, since they haven't made the playoffs since 1999, obviously he didn't not build an all that successful team. Shaq Lawson, Sammy Watkins, and E.J. Manuel were his 3 first round draft picks, not one of them has panned out. Lawson still might and if Watkins can stay healthy he might too, but E.J. Manuel was terrible and they gave up a lot to get Watkins. Might I add there's a lot of wide receivers better than Watkins that came out of that draft too. Whaley did added pieces like McCoy and built a strong defense, however the Tyrod Taylor contract was probably the final nail in his coffin.
The Bills are once again moving on, they seemed to have a really successful draft actually, acquiring players that can come in and start right away while adding more picks for next year's draft. The Bills might finally be building the right foundation for a winning future. The Sabres seem to be doing the same. If Terry Pegula can just finally get the right guys in there to lead his franchises to victory, maybe he'll finally get a taste of the playoffs. Times are certainly changing in Buffalo.