Doug Whaley’s influence in Buffalo seems to be quickly dwindling.
Early Thursday, Jason La Canfora from CBSSports.com posted a story that was mostly about the front office situation in Washington.
At the bottom, he included two paragraphs on the Bills that indicated Sean McDermott’s stature in the organization is rising fast.
“I continue to hear that new Bills coach Sean McDermott has growing cache with ownership and that team could be bringing in vice presidents and/or personnel figures with ties to the coach in the near future.
Panthers director of player personnel is someone particularly well thought of who could end up in Buffalo after the draft in one capacity or another. There are already rumblings that the marriage of McDermott and Bills Gm Doug Whaley likely isn’t built to last.”
The last sentence is the most damning to Whaley. Or at least it was for a few hours.
Thursday afternoon, Sal Capaccio from WGR radio in Buffalo tweeted that there would be no usual pre-draft luncheon with Whaley and Bills scouts.
This informal media session allowed reporters to ask questions about draft hopefuls and Bills thoughts on their strategy.
Instead, Sean McDermott will be made available April 20th to speak about the draft. At this point, that appearance will be solo.
That is also the day press are allowed to cover Buffalo’s veteran mini-camp, so McDermott’s availability to the media is not even draft specific.
It’s highly unusual to hold a draft press conference and not include the GM. Unless however, McDermott is becoming the de facto GM as La Canfora’s report intimates.