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Buffalo Bills news, 5/19: the trials of being a general manager

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Two stories look at the most difficult parts of the general manager's job - one from the past and one from the future - as the Buffalo Bills transition from Buddy Nix to Doug Whaley.

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Inside the NFL: For success, Whaley needs to step it up - The Buffalo News

Mark Gaughan discusses what it takes to be a good general manager. Then he asks the question: "Is Whaley up to all that?"

Wiedmer: Nix picks right time to cut back | timesfreepress.com

Buddy Nix talks about his decision to retire with his hometown paper. He mentions his wife by name, saying he would spend up to six weeks apart from her.

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