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The Buffalo Bills opened OTAs yesterday, and the most important piece of news emanating out of it was that general manager Buddy Nix would be stepping down from the position, presumably in favor of assistant general manager Doug Whaley.
In my opinion, this is a fantastic development for the Bills.
While the 73-year-old Nix certainly had a fantastic career in the NFL as a personnel man, he failed the Bills in the two areas it matters most: quarterback and head coach.
Ryan Fitzpatrick was an average quarterback in Buffalo who got paid like a franchise one. Chan Gailey, Nix's first hire as head coach, compiled a 16-32 record in three seasons.
It didn't help that Nix admitted he'd be asleep at the start of the free-agent period in 2010; I'd argue he was asleep for most of his reign in Buffalo.
I've gone on record in this space before, saying that Nix should have been relieved of his duties at the conclusion of last season, but the Bills opted to keep him through the draft.
While it remains to be seen if Nix's next head coach (Doug Marrone) and quarterback (EJ Manuel) will be more successful than his last pair, I view this move as a positive for the Bills and their fans.
Quite simply, Nix didn't get the job done in his three years on the job. It was time for a change.