Bills Announce Tom Modrak has been Relieved of his Duties

The Bills today announced that Tom Modrak, Buffalo’s director of college scouting for nearly a decade, has been relieved of his duties.

Modrak has been a widely despised figure across Buffalo fandom, as he has been held responsible for the Bills’ parade of terrible drafts in recent years. The only thing really surprising about this move is the timing. Seems strange to do this right after what has been widely considered a pretty good draft.

“This is the time of year when we evaluate every element of our football operation and with the draft now completed, we have decided to reorganize our personnel department,” said Bills GM Buddy Nix. “We have begun that process and made a decision to head in a different direction. We thank Tom for his 10 years of dedication to our organization and wish him the best in his future endeavors.”

More on this story as details emerge.

Comments from our own Matt Cooper: “I wonder if it’s a coincidence that his final year was a year in which the team had, in my opinion, it’s best class in years.  Modrak must not have enjoyed not getting as much input, as Buddy Nix’s drafting style would indicate.  It has been reported that Nix doesn’t enjoy having people in the room really make cases for players on draft day.”

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  • Kevin Haley

    I think the timing somewhat makes sense actually. I think it may have been disruptive to the drafting process to remove Mordak before the draft. I believe now is the right time to put a new scouting program in place and move forward. The real drawback to me would have been in regards to any scouting done during spring practices/games at the college level.

  • Josh Baker

    Seriously though, Modrak must have been shocked especially because he was taking joint press conferences with Buddy Nix as late as pro days and individual workouts. Then again with his draft record, could he really be surprised. I want to know two things from here out. Who are we getting next? What was his presence in the war room like? Was he just that lame duck guy sitting off to the side trying to say hi to people as they walk by? Or was he really involved up to the last ten seconds when Buddy and Chan would reveal who they would really pick?

    Watch for the Bills to add scouting personnel who have ties to the northeast, as both Nix and Gailey have ties to the south and the SEC. Perhaps from the MAC or the Big Ten?

  • Brad Andrews

    It sounds like Mordak was a lame duck this time. Good.

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