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Buffalo Bills News, 2/18: Doug Whaley Front and Center

Bills Assistant GM Doug Whaley has been in the media frequently this year. In today's links, he talks about quarterbacks in the 2013 NFL Draft.

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Whaley: QB will come down to preferences -

"In my opinion it's basically going to come down to what you value over other things," Whaley told "All of these guys have a value and some things they do good and some things they don't do as well. So it's a matter of what value you put on the quarterback you want to lead your team."

It's interesting in and of itself that the Bills keep putting Whaley out there front and center. It's not something they have done a whole lot with him in the past, but this off-season he's been repeatedly interviewed for the team's website and radio show.

John Dudley: Trust Marrone on his quarterback decision-making | Times-News

"But for this season at least, it appears the offense still belongs to Fitzpatrick. And Bills fans who agreed with most observers around the league that Marrone was a great choice to return the franchise to playoff contention should trust their man on this decision."

The thesis of this article is that Marrone has spent a month looking at NFL quarterbacks and come to a decision that Fitzpatrick is better than anyone they could obtain, including via the draft. I'm not sure how any of these conclusions were drawn. Dudley says fans should trust Marrone on his decision, but he hasn't made one yet.

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Bills Focus: Doug Whaley 1 on 1 Interview - VIDEO -
"Chris Brown talks with the Bills Assistant General Manager about the process of setting up the draft board, and how the scouts formulate opinions on each player."

Ranking the 2013 Free Agents: Offensive Guards and Centers |
Andy Levitre is second on the list, while Chad Rinehart is respectable 10th where "a starting spot may be waiting for him in free agency."

Franchise-tag primer: Predictions for all 32 NFL teams -
Jairus Byrd is second only to Joe Flacco on the "No Brainers" list.

In Case You Missed It

- Tarvaris Jackson re-signed with the Bills last week. Hear from him in this Buffalo News story while the News' Tim Graham and Brian think the move makes sense. Sal Maiorana of the Democrat and Chronicle doesn't like the implication that Ryan Fitzpatrick will be around another year, though.

- The Bills released a lot of veteran defenders this week. Terrence McGee wondered what his career could have been like without the injuries, while George Wilson says he saw the writing on the wall. With the release of Nick Barnett and Wilson, the Bills saved almost $6.5 million on their salary cap.

- Despite the purge, Brad Smith is still a member of the Bills. The Buffalo News asks if the Bills will run the Wildcat in 2013. It's also unlikely the team will part ways with defensive end Mark Anderson, says... me.

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