The Buffalo Bills interviewed four candidates before landing on Brandon Beane as their next general manager.
On Friday, owner Terry Pegula explained how that process played out. Co-owner Kim Pegula, team President Russ Brandon and coach Sean McDermott were involved in the search.
"When we started this process, we -- Kim, myself, Russ was involved, and others -- we put together four or five lists of potential candidates, cross-referenced them, and, you know, Sean was one of the individuals," Terry Pegula said. "Brandon's name showed up on most of the lists, if not all of them. So from that, and from discussions with people outside the organization, we picked the candidates we wanted to interview. But Sean's involvement was no more than writing a name on a piece of paper, which he wrote seven or eight names."
Brandon's involvement will be sure to interest Bills fans, who have long rued his involvement in "football decisions." Pegula, however, said at the press conference when former General Manager Doug Whaley was let go that he would lean on Brandon, if needed. As it turns out, he provided his input on the search.