Bills Fire Entire Scouting Staff in Addition to Doug Whaley

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistApril 30, 2017

ORCHARD PARK, NY - DECEMBER 06:  Buffalo Bills general manager Doug Whaley walks off the field before the game between the Buffalo Bills and the Houston Texans on December 6, 2015 at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, New York.  Buffalo defeats Houston 30-21.  (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)
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The Buffalo Bills continued their front-office purge Sunday, firing the entire scouting department along with general manager Doug Whaley, owner Terry Pegula confirmed.

The Bills announced the firing of Whaley earlier Sunday morning.

In late March, Jerry Sullivan of the Buffalo News wrote the Bills appeared headed for a major front-office shakeup as new head coach Sean McDermott was "conferred unprecedented control of the football operation" by the Pegulas.

Meanwhile, Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com reported McDermott "has growing cache with ownership, and that team could be bringing in vice presidents and/or personnel figures with ties to the coach in the near future."

On Sunday, the Associated Press (via the Boston Herald) reported that "in a departure from tradition in Buffalo, the general manager was not made available to reporters in the weeks leading up to the draft or at any point during the three-day event. Instead, those responsibilities fell exclusively to McDermott."

In other words, the writing was on the wall for Whaley and, by proxy, much of the staff who worked under him during his tenure with the Bills. 

And Rodak reported on Sunday, "Despite Whaley being fired immediately after the draft, Pegula said McDermott did not 'lead the charge' in the draft process and that Whaley 'put the whole thing together.' Pegula added the draft 'went pretty well,' but when questioned why Whaley was fired one day later, Pegula said, 'We have certain aspects we need to get a little better in.'"

Since Whaley was hired as the team's director of pro personnel in 2010, Buffalo recorded just one winning season and didn't reach the postseason. With a new head coach at the helm and a reconstructed front office, the Bills will have a fresh look in 2017.

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