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Buffalo Bills news, 5/17: Doug Whaley named general manager

The Buffalo Bills have officially named Doug Whaley as their general manager. Get the reaction from around the country right here.

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Doug Whaley named Bills general manager -
"It is with great pleasure to name Doug Whaley to the position of General Manager," said Bills President and CEO Russ Brandon. "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."

A History of Bills General Managers -
"As Doug Whaley steps into his role as the 12th General Manager of the Buffalo Bills, here's a look at the complete history of Bills General Managers, with snapshots from the official Buffalo Bills media guides during the time of their tenure."

What they're saying about Doug Whaley -
"Football contributors from around the league offer praise to new Bills GM Doug Whaley."

Doug Whaley Press Conference -
"Doug Whaley addresses the media for the first time as General Manager of the Buffalo Bills." Video and transcript available.

Bills Focus: Doug Whaley on Becoming GM - VIDEO -
"The new Bills general manager talks with Chris Brown about what experiences from his past will help his future, what's the biggest thing he's learned in Buffalo, and what he thinks of QB EJ Manuel."

Inside The Bills | Bills have youngest front office trio
"That according to the Bills research department. Whaley (40), President and CEO Russ Brandon (45) and head coach Doug Marrone (48) have an average age of just over 44 years of age. It’s the youngest average age for NFL front offices."

Whaley brings new perspective to reconstruction - The Buffalo News
"Whaley kept his answers short, vague and, dare I say, boring. He cautiously made sure he didn’t say anything he would later regret or could be used against him. A few times, he stopped himself from expanding on answers, checking his swing on softball questions that a polished speaker would have hit a mile."

Commencement day at One Bills Drive - The Buffalo News
"This is a culmination of a lot of hard work," Whaley said. "When anybody says hard work does not pay off, I am going to have to say look at me because I believe it does."

WGR 550 SportsRadio - HAMILTON: I Think The Bills May Have Gotten This Right
Paul Hamilton: "I can’t know how this will turn out, but for the first time in a long, long time I feel the Bills organization gets it and is doing the things necessary to get back to competing for championships."

WGR 550 SportsRadio - Buying Time
Bulldog: "So maybe without Ralph Wilson stepping aside the Bills new coach would be a 60 something year old retread and the GM would be some guy who worked here with Marv Levy. Then we'd be trying to talk ourselves into things being really different when we'd know they really weren't."

Buffalo Bills introduce new GM Doug Whaley | Democrat and Chronicle
"Obviously there’s a lot of newness to the organization, no question," Brandon said. "It’s new and different, but it all comes down to wins and losses. It’s all about what we do moving forward. And with Doug at the helm as our general manager, and coach Marrone, we feel very good about our future."

Bills add pair to personnel department -
Read bios and job descriptions of new directors Jim Monos and Kelvin Fisher.

New GM Doug Whaley 'won't limit' himself in upgrading Bills | Toronto Sun
"Our philosophy is just to accumulate good players," Whaley said. "We'll go and get them through the draft, or free agency, or picking them off through the waiver wire. Every day we're going to evaluate what's out there, and how we can make our roster better. I'm a firm believer -- don't limit yourself."

Bell: New Bills GM Doug Whaley left Wall Street for NFL - USA Today
"I'm sure he'll do better with it than I did," Tom Donahoe told USA TODAY Sports.

Bills promote Whaley to take over as GM - Yahoo! Sports
"Whaley, who is black, snaps an NFL trend this offseason during which no minorities were hired to fill eight coaching and seven general manager vacancies. He becomes the Bills first black GM and the league's sixth."

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Updating AFC East defensive rankings - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"I had a hard time ranking the Bills’ defense. This group has talent on paper, but Buffalo never came close to putting it all together last season." Buffalo is fourth in the division and you'll be hard-pressed to make a different case based on their achievement in 2012.

Inside The Bills | Whaley on how he’ll handle Byrd situation
"First of all we’ve got to recognize that Jairus is a good player, and we’re in the business of accumulating good players," Whaley said. "We as an organization are going to continue to negotiate with Jairus, but one thing we’ll stick with is not negotiating in the public."