From a public standpoint, February is a calm before the storm for Buffalo Bills GM Doug Whaley. It's next month, when the team starts making moves in free agency, potentially using the franchise tag on safety Jairus Byrd (if they can't re-sign him), and setting up pre-draft visits with 2014 NFL Draft prospects that harder opinions will be formed on Whaley.
For now, this month's Whaley approval poll will focus on three story lines he was involved with since our last poll:
- He was part of a group that flew out to Detroit to help secure the services of new defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz;
- He spoke briefly from the NFL Combine last week, where the only really noteworthy thing that he said(at least in our opinion) was that Kiko Alonso could excel on the weak side;
- He and Doug Marrone were cited in a pair of Buffalo News reports as a "new guard" at One Bills Drive that doesn't believe it has enough authority to change the organization's losing culture.
You can certainly focus your vote this month on those three stories, but another approach would be to take a step back and assess your feelings on the state of the football operation on his watch as the meat of the offseason is set to begin. You know the drill from here.