Orchard Park, NY (WGR 550) -- On the same day the Buffalo Bills promoted Doug Whaley to take over as General Manager of the franchise, the team announced the hiring of two new names. The two are no stranger to Whaley, having known the new man shaping the team's roster for over a decade.
Nearly a month ago, the Bills appointed Jim Monos as the Director of Player Personnel and Kelvin Fisher as the Director of College Scouting. On Monday, the two were introduced to the media.
Monos, 38, takes over one half of Whaley's responsibilities during the 2012 season in his new role and will report directly to the GM. It's a fairly substantial leap within NFL circles, climbing from the ranks as an Area Scout over the past 12 years directly to his new position.
"I'm honored that Doug thinks highly of me, and Russ Brandon, to do this,' Monos said Monday. "I'm not going to let them down."
Serving as an area scout for the New Orleans Saints for the past eight years, and in the same role with the Philadelphia Eagles the previous four, Monos was able to turn his connection with Whaley in to his place on the team's front office.
"Scouting, it's a small community, fraternity, and Doug and I have known each other 12-13 years almost," he said. "I always liked bouncing things off of him. I knew he had experience, he's sharp, and it's not a surprise where he is right now."
In his time with the Saints, Monos also has another tie-in to the Bills' current setup. Both he and Head Coach Doug Marrone were employed by New Orleands for three seasons (2006-2008).
Monos graduated from Bloomsburg Univeristy with a a degree in journalism and turned that in to a Public Relations internship with the Eagles. From there, he became a scouting intern and worked his way in to a role as an Area Scout, covering the Northeast for Philadelphia.
Although it has been a much different path for Fisher, one contact remains the same. The Bills' new Director of College Scouting has known Whaley for 14 years, most notably from their time spent with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
"It's a great opportunity. I worked with Doug for 11 years in Pittsburgh and he actually trained me a little and taught me some things," Fisher said. "When he called me to give me the opportunity, I was ecstatic about coming with him, reuniting with him and getting it going again."
A commonality after listening to both Fisher and Monos speak about their now boss, is their first impression Whaley left on them over ten years ago.
"I met him, and this is 14 years now that we've known each other. I just remember walking in the first day when I interviewed and I walked out of Kevin Colbert's office and he took me in his office and it was his presence," Fisher remarked. "It was one of those things where you walk in to a room and it's glowing… it made you want to do this, it made you want to be a part of this organization because of him."
Fisher, 44, has been promoted from serving as a College Scout with the Steelers, a position he held for 13 years, to overseeing the team's college scouting operation. He took over the Director of College Scouting title from Chuck Cook. A former hire of Buddy Nix, Cook will report to Fisher as part of his new role as a National Scout with the team.
Before shifting in to coaching, Fisher was a juvenile probation officer in Arizona from 1993 to 1996, and then left that job to work with the State Office for Service to Children and Family in Portland, Oregon from 1996 through 1999. In 2000, he interviewed and was hired by the Steelers and served with them up through last season.