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Bills hired ex-Ravens WRs coach Jim Hostler as a senior offensive assistant.
Hostler has been in the news lately; he was a finalist for the Ravens offensive coordinator job before being passed over in favor of Gary Kubiak. The Bills lost WRs coach Ike Hilliard to the Redskins, so it's likely Hostler will handle those duties in addition to his increased role. Hostler has coordinating experience; he "led" the 49ers' No. 32 offense in 2007 under then-coach Mike Nolan. Wed, Jan 29, 2014 05:34:00 PM

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Bills named Doug Whaley their new general manager.

40-year-old Whaley was groomed for the job for the past three years, working as 73-year-old Buddy Nix's right hand man. A safety and linebacker at the University of Pittsburgh, Whaley broke into the league as a Steelers scout in 1995 and came to Buffalo highly recommended by Kevin Colbert. With the Bills, Whaley is credited with acquiring RG Kraig Urbik and TE Scott Chandler off waivers, in addition to wielding a "heavy hand" in drafting Stephon Gilmore last year, and E.J. Manuel this year. He also played a leading role in the search committee that wound up hiring Doug Marrone. With a fresh-faced coaching staff, new GM, and franchise quarterback hopeful, things appear to be looking up in Buffalo.
Thu, May 16, 2013 09:19:00 AM

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora confirms Bills assistant GM Doug Whaley is expected to replace outgoing GM Buddy Nix, and that an announcement is likely to come Thursday.

The Bills have been grooming the former Steelers executive for the job since the end of last season. Nix says he's stepping away because he "(feels) it's the right time," but USA Today's Mike Garafolo has characterized the situation as Nix being forced out in favor of Whaley, who is over 30 years Nix's junior. The Bills are remaking their organization at warp speed.
Wed, May 15, 2013 05:12:00 PM

Bills general manager Buddy Nix is "stepping away" from his role as GM and "transitioning" to special assistant.

"I've made the decision to step away as GM because I feel it's the right time," Nix said in a statement. "Good young roster with excellent head coach and staff." USA Today's Mike Garofolo characterizes Nix as being "pushed away" despite the team promoting it as a voluntary move. Assistant GM Doug Whaley is widely expected to take Nix's job. 73 years old, Nix was hired as a first-time GM in 2010, overseeing a team that's gone 16-32 in three seasons.
Mon, May 13, 2013 12:21:00 PM

Bills signed assistant GM Doug Whaley to a contract extension.

The eventual successor to current GM Buddy Nix, Whaley has served as the Director of Player Personnel for the last three seasons. He was promoted to oversee the College Scouting Department in 2012 and assists Nix in all personnel decisions. President and CEO Russ Brandon says there's no timetable for when Nix will step down and the general manager transition will take place.
Sat, Feb 23, 2013 07:29:00 PM

Bills hired Nathaniel Hackett as offensive coordinator.

A former Bills assistant, Hackett spent the past two years as new coach Doug Marrone's offensive coordinator at Syracuse. According to WGR 550 Buffalo's Joe Buscaglia, the Bills "loved" Hackett during his time in Buffalo. Hackett is just 33 years old. Hackett and Marrone oversaw the Big East's number one offense in 2012, and favor a balanced approach. Hackett's hiring will further fuel speculation that Buffalo will target Orange signal caller Ryan Nassib in the draft.
Tue, Jan 8, 2013 09:40:00 PM

New Bills coach Doug Marrone will not call plays on offense.

"No, I will not call plays. But everything will go through me," Marrone said at his introductory presser. "I will be on the headset and will be managing the game and those game management decisions which can affect play calling will be handled by me." Marrone also said he's seeking coordinators with "thorough" NFL experience. Marrone is expected to install a run-minded system, though GM Buddy Nix has allowed he has some interest in Marrone's college QB Ryan Nassib. Nassib isn't currently pegged as a first-round talent.
Mon, Jan 7, 2013 01:21:00 PM

Bills hired Doug Marrone as head coach.

Marrone turned Syracuse's football program around and has extensive NFL experience, having coordinated the Saints' offense from 2006-2008 and overseen the Jets' offensive line from 2002-2005. He's also received strong recommendations from Bill Parcells, Mickey Loomis, and Sean Payton. In Buffalo, he'll be faced with turning around an offense that has been in the Top 20 just once since 2004. The Bills also interviewed Oregon's Chip Kelly on Friday and former Bears coach Lovie Smith on Saturday before ultimately agreeing to a deal with Marrone. We like the hire because Marrone is a run-minded offensive coach. The Bills have personnel ideally suited for a run-based offense.
Sun, Jan 6, 2013 08:59:00 AM

The Bills and Cardinals will interview Broncos OC Mike McCoy regarding their head coaching vacancies on Saturday.

With Chip Kelly gone to Cleveland, McCoy is arguably the hottest NFL head-coaching candidate left on the market. McCoy is getting his interviews done this weekend because his Broncos team is on a first-round bye. After meeting Buffalo and Arizona on Saturday, McCoy will interview with both Philadelphia and Chicago on Sunday. He'll likely be a head coach in a matter of weeks.
Fri, Jan 4, 2013 06:54:00 PM

The Bills are believed to be interviewing Syracuse's Doug Marrone on Friday, and Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports Marrone "looks poised to go pro" after four seasons in college.

Cabot also confirms that Marrone's interview for the Browns' head-coaching vacancy has already taken place. Marrone turned Syracuse's football program around and has extensive NFL experience, having coordinated the Saints' offense from 2006-2008 and overseen the Jets' offensive line from 2002-2005. Although the extent of Buffalo's interest in Marrone is unknown, he's believed to be Cleveland's primary fallback option behind Chip Kelly.
Fri, Jan 4, 2013 01:27:00 PM

The Bills will reportedly interview Oregon's Chip Kelly for their head coaching vacancy on Friday.

The Browns are expected to interview Kelly "as early as Friday," and the Eagles plan to sit down with him as well. Signs are now beginning to point to Kelly jumping ship to the NFL after Thursday night's Fiesta Bowl game versus Kansas State. Having already interviewed Ken Whisenhunt and Ray Horton, the Bills are expected to meet with Lovie Smith, Broncos OC Mike McCoy, and Syracuse's Doug Marrone.
Thu, Jan 3, 2013 04:12:00 PM confirms the Bills interviewed former Cardinals HC Ken Whisenhunt in Arizona on Tuesday.

Whisenhunt would appear to be a slight favorite to replace Chan Gailey in Buffalo, but the Bills are also believed to have varying degrees of interest in Cardinals DC Ray Horton, Oregon coach Chip Kelly, Broncos OC Mike McCoy and Syracuse head man Doug Marrone. They are expected to interview Horton on Wednesday evening, and McCoy over the weekend.
Wed, Jan 2, 2013 03:06:00 PM

CBS' Jason La Canfora confirms the Bills are "hoping to meet" with Oregon coach Chip Kelly, but that there's a "growing sense" Kelly may remain with the Ducks.

La Canfora also confirms Buffalo is in the process of interviewing Ken Whisenhunt and Cardinals DC Ray Horton. The "growing sense" that Kelly may stay in school is conveniently timed, since it will only increase his already massive leverage. Reports that Kelly is as good as gone from the Pac 12 have been circulating for months, so we have a hard time believing he's suddenly getting cold feet. According to La Canfora, the Browns and Eagles are "also lining up to speak" with the read-option maestro, as expected.
Tue, Jan 1, 2013 08:37:00 PM

According to the Buffalo News, Bills CEO Russ Brandon is "fond" of ex-Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt and "would like the opportunity to land him as Chan Gailey's replacement."

Scheduled to be interviewed along with Cardinals DC Ray Horton on Wednesday, Whiz is emerging as the early favorite in Buffalo. He has another fan in the Bills front office, as GM-in-waiting Doug Whaley spent six years with Whisenhunt in Pittsburgh. Per the Buffalo News, ex-Bears coach Lovie Smith "feels very good" about his fit with the Bills, though it's not clear if the feeling is mutual. The Bills have also set up interviews with Cardinals assistant head coach/OL Russ Grimm, Broncos OC Mike McCoy and Syracuse's Doug Marrone. They're said to be interested in Bengals assistant Hue Jackson and Oregon coach Chip Kelly as well.
Tue, Jan 1, 2013 06:34:00 PM

The Bills have reportedly asked for permission to interview Broncos OC Mike McCoy for their head coaching vacancy.

The Bills are also flying to Arizona to interview ex-Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt and current DC Ray Horton. A hot name on the coaching market, McCoy is also a candidate in Chicago and Arizona. The former Panthers' coordinator has succeeded in Denver with diametrically opposed quarterbacks Tim Tebow and Peyton Manning. Buffalo is also reportedly interested in Bengals assistant Hue Jackson, who cannot interview until next week. Jackson could surface as a candidate in San Diego as well.
Tue, Jan 1, 2013 01:34:00 PM

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