Buddy Nix to remain Buffalo Bills general manager
- By Marc Sessler
- Updated: Jan. 1, 2013 at 10:51 a.m.
Citing a team source, NFL.com's Albert Breer reported Tuesday that Nix will keep his role, with a succession plan to ease assistant GM Doug Whaley into his place. A team source told Breer that CEO Russ Brandon will be promoted to president/CEO with full authority over the team.
Nix will have significant input in how and when he transitions out of the GM role and hands the reins to Whaley, a high-ranking Bills source told Breer. There is no set timetable in place, Breer reports.
Nix's fate appeared to be in limbo after Brandon met with team owner Ralph C. Wilson Jr. in Detroit on Monday night, just hours after Gailey was dispatched into the abyss.
Instead of packing his bags, Nix now will help organize the hiring of Gailey's successor. It's a decision certain to be met with mixed emotions by Buffalo's long-suffering fan base.
The Bills (6-10) produced their third-straight losing season under Nix's leadership in 2012 and the team is 16-32 during his tenure as GM.
He and Gailey inherited a talent-poor roster when they assumed control prior to the 2010 season. Nix holds a spotty track record in the draft and remains culpable for an offseason spending spree on defense that failed to net results on the field, where the Bills are 4-14 over the past three seasons against the AFC East.