INDIANAPOLIS -- The Buffalo Bills’ top executives view their team as a family. Many of the front office’s most important members have been in place for generations.
Newer folks in the organization, including coaches, refer to these people as “lifers.”
That’s not a compliment.
As written this morning, key coaching staffers and scouts are frustrated with organizational fixtures who’re considered behind the times.
Doug Marrone was the club’s first head coach to be hired from the college ranks, and Doug Whaley became their youngest general manager last year.
Marrone and Whaley clearly view football in a fresher way than the franchise is accustomed.
Team sources have told me here at the NFL scouting combine the coaching staff wants to replace 30-year athletic trainer Bud Carpenter but have run into opposition within the board room.
And the dissatisfaction doesn’t stop there.