By Sal Capaccio
Whether it’s been Doug Whaley or his predecessor Buddy Nix, the general manager of the Buffalo Bills has had control and final say over the the team’s 53-man roster for the last seven years.
That could very well be changing if two different reports from this weekend are accurate.
Although Schefter’s report was vague and didn’t mention exactly what kind of control the new head coach would specifically have, USA Today’s Tom Pelissero went a little further:
One note on #Bills search: I'm told they've left door open on coach getting 53-man roster control. Depends who it is.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) January 8, 2017
It would be a curious move if true, considering the team is likely to hire a first time head coach, judging by the list of candidates they’ve either already spoken to or are reported to be interested in. Also, the new head coach may very well be reporting directly to Whaley, a change from the past two years when Rex Ryan and Whaley both reported separately to owners Terry and Kim Pegula. I'm told either structure is still possible depending on what coach is hired and what he and the front office determine together.
Meanwhile, team officials were reportedly in Seattle Sunday to interview Seahawks defensive coordinator Kris Richard for the head coach position. Richard would be the fourth formal interview, following Panthers defensive coordinator Sean McDermott, Cardinals offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin, and the team’s interim head coach/offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn.
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