1. It's no surprise that the Bills' "one voice" approach with coach Sean McDermott addressing any and all team topics lasted only as long as Doug Whaley was the general manager. Now that Brandon Beane has been hired, the Bills are clearly comfortable letting him speak for the organization. He has done a press conference with the local media, as well as podcasts with national outlets like ESPN and Sports Illustrated. Beane and McDermott have brought a level of professionalism to the organization that was sorely lacking under Whaley and former coach Rex Ryan.
If there was any doubt the "one voice" policy was simply in place to keep Whaley as far from any live microphone as possible, that should have been erased after listening to the former general manager's meandering, 17-minute interview with SiriusXM NFL Radio on Monday afternoon.
During the interview, Whaley consistently referred to the Bills as "we" even though he, you know, no longer works for the team (although, to be fair, he is probably still cashing Pegula-signed checks), said if he ever became a general manager again his first focus would be finding a franchise quarterback (you think?), and he left the organization with a "parting gift" of two first-round draft picks in 2018 (uh, thanks?).
All of that just drives the point home with a sledge hammer that the Bills never needed a "one voice" approach. They simply needed Whaley to stop embarrassing the team publicly at every opportunity.
2. About that "parting gift," can we all agree on which drafts Whaley should get credit – or blame – for? You'd have to be incredibly naive to think Whaley didn't have a massive say in the 2013 draft, given that Buddy Nix stepped down as general manager just a couple weeks after it took place.
Similarly, the notion that Whaley should include whatever happens with the 2017 class on his resume is also flawed.
Regardless of whether he "put the whole draft together," as Terry Pegula has claimed, the success or failure of this class will ultimately be attached to McDermott. It's hard to fathom the Pegulas allowing Whaley any sort of control over a draft and then firing him about 12 hours after it ended. That would be nonsensical.
Who knows what "putting the whole thing together" even entails. The team could have printed out a prospects listing off the Internet and let McDermott choose players from there. After all, it's not the list that really matters, it's the players picked off of it.
3. Whaley couldn't resist throwing some shade at Ryan when describing McDermott as "methodical."
"The one thing that impressed us throughout the interview process was how detailed he is and how methodical he is in his approach to everything he does," Whaley said. "The one thing I feel very confident is that the Buffalo Bills, he will have them in position to win a lot of games. They won't be beating themselves. He will have them prepared as well as any coach in the NFL. The game won't be determined on them beating themselves, because he will have them prepared."
There is definitely some truth in what Whaley said. Having 10 men on the field for a crucial play in overtime, as Ryan did against Miami, is a good definition of "beating yourself."