Inside The Bills

Background on coach search from Doug Whaley

Posted by johnmurphyshow on January 7, 2013 – 7:45 pm

It was a whirlwind six days for the Bills four-man coaching search committee and it wound up Sunday, with the decision to hire Doug Marrone.

Monday night on The John Murphy Show, one of the members of that committee shed some light on the hiring process.  Assistant General Manager Doug Whaley joined GM Buddy Nix, President and CEO Russ Brandon, and Sr. VP of Football Administration Jim Overdorf in Phoenix for the six day interview process.

Whaley says the group got busy as soon as their plane landed  in the Arizona desert last Tuesday night.

“As soon as we touched down, we had an interview scheduled for that night,” Whaley said.  “And from that night, all the way until we left, we had interviews.  One day we actually had three.  We had a breakfast interview and then an interview late at night.  That was very exhausting.”

Whaley says all four Bills officials took part in the interview process, as the team talked to five candidates during their time in Phoenix.  GM Buddy Nix took the lead role in the questioning.

“Buddy headed the whole thing,” Whaley told John Murphy.  “He leaned on us for expertise for picking up different things that came from that interview that maybe he was concentrating on the next question.  Or just different nuances—my expertise on personnel, maybe I interjected on that.  J-O (Jim Overdorf-Sr. VP of Football Administration) answered if the coach had any questions on the cap or contract negotiations.  And  Russ Brandon was there to handle stadium lease questions and the ownership situation.  So we all had our areas of expertise, but Buddy was the main focal point of the interview.”

Whaley agrees with Nix’s comments from earlier Monday, when the GM said the Bills brain trust knew they had their man the first time they met with Marrone.

“I’d have to say he was what we were looking for, and the criteria that Russ laid out before we went to Arizona,”  Whaley said on the radio show.

“It was check mark, check mark, check mark on all of those aspects.  His total package.  His background, his demeanor, his resume, and what he wants to accomplish and how he wants to accomplish it.”

The John Murphy Show airs weeknights from 7-9pm on the flagship station of the Bills,  WGR Sports Radio 550.

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