"Doug has been involved in every level of player personnel throughout his career and he will lead our efforts in re-establishing a winning tradition for this organization and our great fans," team president Russ Brandon said in a statement. "Doug is a passionate and committed leader who will work tirelessly with his department to build a team our fans and all of Western New York will be proud of heading into the future."
Whaley, 40, has been the Bills' Assistant GM for the last three years after spending more than a decade working at various levels of the Pittsburgh Steelers' personnel department. In Buffalo, he started out working on the pro personnel side while shadowing Nix, then saw his role on the college side increase with a promotion and a contract extension in the past year. Now, he's running the whole show.
He's also made his first major decisions, re-organizing the team's personnel department to account for two new hires: Jim Monos is the new Director of Player Personnel after spending the last eight years as an area scout in the Southeast for the New Orleans Saints, and Kelvin Fisher is the new Director of College Scouting after spending 13 years as an area scout for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Chuck Cook is now a National Scout for the organization, and Tom Gibbons retains his title of Director of Pro Personnel.
With these moves official, an off-season featuring a new president (Brandon), a new GM (Whaley), a new head coach (Doug Marrone) and a new quarterback (EJ Manuel) is complete.