Half done

One general manager hire down, one to go

May 10, 2017 - 6:22 am

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The dueling general manager searches are over. The Buffalo Bills did the entirely foreseeable thing on Tuesday evening when they announced that they had agreed to terms with Brandon Beane. That leaves the Buffalo Sabres still waiting for their man, and perhaps that wraps up after Wednesday night when the Pittsburgh Penguins either advance or go home against the Washington Capitals.  

Either way maybe we get the predicted outcome there too. Jason Botterill has been the forgone conclusion for maybe more than a week now. His being the associate general manager in Pittsburgh may be the only reason we haven't had a formal announcement yet.

The hiring of Beane being foreseeable has everything to do with his having had a working relationship with head coach Sean McDermott. I even recall seeing the name Brandon Beane back in January when McDermott was hired. It was easy enough to speculate that Doug Whaley could be on the way out with the new coach in town and connecting dots to Carolina where McDermott served as defensive coordinator made sense.

Making sense is about the best I can offer you in terms of analysis of this hire. Bills owner Terry Pegula is clearly taken with the style and sensibilities of his new football coach. Hiring someone he already has an established working relationship with, well, it makes sense.

Handing over the keys to the castle to McDermott and then hiring someone other than his preference would have been counterproductive. If Pegula believes that McDermott holds the magical combination to ending the Bills' 17-year playoff drought, supporting him is all you can do.

That, and hope that you're right about McDermott in the first place.

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