LANDOVER, Md. -- In what might not bode well for Doug Whaley's future as the Buffalo Bills' general manager, team owner Terry Pegula is accepting outside NFL consultation on what to do about some of the problems that have led to the franchise headed to a 16th consecutive season without a playoff appearance, according to a league source.
Whaley has one year left on his contract with the Bills. The News reported that a team source said there would be no discussions about addressing Whaley's status during the season. An NFL source said Sunday that Pegula has not yet decided whether to retain Whaley.
Jason La Canfora, CBS Sports Insider, reported Sunday that Whaley is "at odds with the coaching staff over several key issues, and a showdown between him and Rex Ryan's assistants is likely looming in the offseason."
The Bills nearly parted ways with Whaley last offseason when they were in pursuit of Bill Polian to run their football operation. La Canfora reported and the The News can confirm that Pegula is still open to the idea of hiring someone to provide big-picture oversight of the football operation while also finding a new GM.
The league source said that Pegula is hearing plenty of advice regarding the fact the Bills need to move on from EJ Manuel as their backup quarterback, something Whaley has been steadfast in not wanting to do. Pegula has been told by an NFL consultant that the Bills need to make finding a new backup quarterback for Tyrod Taylor and drafting a quarterback of the future top offseason priorities.
The fact Ryan is the head coach, with four years left on his contract after this season, is not viewed as an impediment in the Bills' ability to attract other people to run the football operation, the source said.
"You just need to get Rex someone who is there to get him what he needs for the team to be successful above anything else," the source said. "This is two head coaches that" Whaley "has had problems with. That's not a coincidence."