Doug Whaley’s season-ending press conference was truly a spectacle to behold.
The Bills’ general manager spent 40 minutes Monday repeating things that were difficult to believe and failed to provide answers for a fanbase that bought a record number of season tickets despite nearly two decades without a playoff berth.
But here’s a thought experiment: What if everything Doug Whaley said Monday was actually true? Or even some of it?
Whaley said he didn’t know Rex Ryan’s job was in jeopardy, despite a report that a "power struggle" between the general manager and coach was the leading cause of the change.
Whaley said he didn't find out Ryan had been fired until "I was told by my boss that I would no longer be working with a certain person."
He said didn't ask why that happened, because "my role is not to figure out why. My role is to take that information and go forward and put this organization in the best possible way to win football games, so for me, I did not ask."
Whaley said the bosses didn't even care to explain what they didn't like about the old coach, but still expect him to find the new coach.
"I didn’t need any [explanation]," he said. "I’m trying to tell you, the way I approach my job – it may be wrong to you guys, you can write it how you want – my thinking is when I get a directive from my boss, it doesn’t matter how he came up with that directive, I’m here to execute it."
Whaley said he hadn't even given thought to why Ryan was fired – "that would be wasted time, and I would rather put that time and effort into going forward.”
Whaley claimed he'd be willing to cede control of the 53-man roster to a new coach if that would "help us win," and also repeated that he spoke for ownership despite being "not privy" to their discussions or thought process. He even said the reason Anthony Lynn was named interim coach was because Ryan recommended him for the position.
The amount of unbelievable things Whaley said Monday was staggering. But what if some of them – any of them – were true?
If what Whaley said was taken at face value, his press conference Monday would've been an incredible indictment on ownership and a very serious a cry for help. Whaley would be in so far over his head with such diminished power that his statements, if true, would be begging for people around the league to realize what a terrible situation he's in and for someone to send him a lifeboat.
The outgoing coach who just got fired still had more power to recommend his replacement than the general manager who's going to lead the coaching search?
The general manager didn't know his coach was going to get fired and then didn't ask why because he's simply here to executive directives from his bosses? Is he a glorified yes-man?
Whaley claimed he didn't have much input in hiring Ryan, didn't know he was in trouble, and then didn't have input in firing him.
If any of that were true, what is Doug Whaley still doing here? Why isn't he running for the hills, a la Doug Marrone, who saw enough in two years that he willingly left a job there are only 32 of in the world?
Again, it's more believable that Whaley was simply skirting the truth, which is what every reporter on the continent wrote Monday. But if anything Whaley said holds any merit, the Bills have even more problems than we thought.