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Buddy Nix is on thin ice in Buffalo.
13 years and counting. That is how long it has been since the Buffalo Bills have made a playoff appearance. The Bills handed the reigns to GM Buddy Nix back in 2010, and they haven't been any closer to ending this maddening trend of watching the playoffs from the outside looking in.
The Bills have already identified that Doug Whaley, who is the current Assistant General Manager and Director of Player Personnel, will ultimately be taking over the GM job from Nix.
The only missing piece of information is when this will occur.
For most Bills fans, the answer is that it won't happen soon enough. Nix was the recent victim of a prank where he thought he was having a private conversation with Tampa Bay Buccaneers GM Mark Dominik. During the conversation, Nix threw his own starting QB Ryan Fitzpatrick under the bus. Not surprisingly, after the story leaked out, the Bills announced later that day that they decided to release Fitzpatrick.
Nix has this annoying habit of backing himself into a corner by making proclamations of what the team needs to do. There is no mystery or intrigue to what the Bills plans are, so competitors can easily identify exactly when and where they need to jump ahead of Buffalo to draft the player that they suspect the Bills really want.
Another issue is Nix's refusal to trade down in the draft to acquire more picks. The Bills were clearly in rebuilding mode when Nix took over the job, but he simply isn't comfortable moving down from their original spot, no matter how badly the team needed to add more talent that extra picks would provide.
The biggest problem with Nix was his failure to properly identify and evaluate the future potential with quarterbacks. He missed badly on Colin Kaepernick, Russell Wilson and Kirk Cousins to name a few. The only quarterback Nix ever drafted for the Bills was Troy QB Levi Brown in the seventh round back in 2010. That is it.
Nix made the poor judgement call that Fitzpatrick was the greatest thing since sliced bread and decided to make him the franchise QB by offering a huge deal in the middle of the 2011 season. That decision alone set the Bills back a number of years and has contributed to them missing out on drafting quarterbacks that would have been more economical and offered a higher upside.
It wouldn't be a major surprise here if Nix is the first casualty in 2013 that appears in this slideshow.