He drafted CJ Spiller, Marcell Dareus, Stephon Gilmore and EJ Manuel as his first round draft picks. He brought in Chan Gailey and Doug Marrone as head coaches. He wanted to bring the Bills back to respectability and now he gets to see how his work has panned out from a front row seat, because Buddy Nix has stepped down as General Manager of the Buffalo Bills.
The timing is right. By the time teams finish their draft, the scouting season starts its “New Year” in May, so this will give ample time to the new GM to implement his strategies, which will most likely be Doug Whaley. When Nix was first hired, the owner was 91, Nix was 70 and when Nix hired Chan Gailey as head coach, Gailey was 58.
That’s an average age of 73 for the 3 most important roles in football operations. Now, with Nix stepping down, the old regime is becoming a youth movement. Russ Brandon now fills Wilson’s role, Doug Marrone replaces Gailey, while Whaley will most likely be stepping in for Buddy Nix. The average age now? Try 44. The team just got a hell of lot younger.
Now Nix isn’t going anywhere, as he will still fill a role as a Special Assistant, but the culture is shifting at One Bills Drive. Gone are the days of old philosophies and inside the box thinking. Coming in are the days of analytics and run n’gun offenses. Nix was thinking ahead knowing he would step down at the right time and this is the right time. The teams under Nix may have not had winning records, but he was changing the atmosphere of the Bills one year at a time. A little slower than some of us would have liked, but he has hopefully helped guide the ship and now it’s time for someone else to finish the job in which he started.
Thank you Buddy. Godspeed.
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