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Tim Graham's Power Take: Bills legends warm to new coach, not so much to incumbent GM

What new Bills coach Sean McDermott and seven Super Bowl legends discussed I cannot say.

But I do know how some of them feel about Bills General Manager Doug Whaley.

They roll their eyes when speaking of McDermott's top scout.

Two of the seven have told me in the past two weeks they can't believe the Pegulas kept Whaley after firing Rex Ryan in December.

The topic didn't arise when McDermott cut meat with Jim Kelly, Thurman Thomas, Andre Reed, Bruce Smith, Darryl Talley, Cornelius Bennett and Steve Tasker on April 4 at Buffalo steakhouse Sear.

Then again, they're just getting to know each other.

Among the legends were four Hall of Famers and six Wall of Famers. The Bills employ four of them in some capacity. Their opinions matter, but they mainly remain silent out of deference to the franchise they love.

So, like the fans, they mutter about what has become of the organization.

McDermott was wise to bring them in. One of the legends mentioned no Bills coach ever has thought to make the gesture McDermott did.

Whether being paid to be ambassadors and speak well of the club or not, their unfiltered views have an impact in the Bills community. Their first impression of McDermott is the polar opposite of what some think of Whaley.

Just so you know.

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