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Whaley tries to clarify conflicting remarks on Bills' roster

MOBILE, Ala. -- In a span of less than two weeks, Buffalo Bills General Manager Doug Whaley gave what sounded like dramatically different perspectives on the state of the team's roster.

During his Jan. 2 news conference, he said the Bills were "close," presumably to the playoffs.

Twelve days later, Whaley said on the Bills' official website the team was looking to "build from the foundation up," with the realization "it's not going to be a quick fix."

On Tuesday, he attempted to clarify his disparate remarks.

"Here's what I said: 'We want to build a foundation that we consistently compete,'" Whaley said during Senior Bowl practices. "And I meant to say it as in, 'We're not one player away from getting over the hump.' We might be one player from getting from 7-9 to 10-6 and making the playoffs, but we want to have a foundation.

"We think we have some good players with a foundation, but we want to build it on that foundation so we can have prolonged success. So we're close, but we want to do it the right way -- to have some young guys and guys that we can build to have for five to 10 years and make that run. So that, hopefully, clarifies it."

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