Guy, Modrak Promoted: Ralph Wilson didn't wait long to finish the restructuring of the frontoffice. Less than an hour after announcing that Russ Brandon had been promoted, and that more announcements were coming, John Guy and Tom Modrak were both promoted to Vice President positions. Guy is now the Vice President of Pro Personnel and Tom Modrak is now the Vice President of College Scouting. Both men were at the director level of the same positions before the promotions. They help fill a void on the football side of things since Brandon has a business background. Wilson said in a statement, “The promotions of John and Tom are all part of the re-alignment process that we are going through, both men have done an excellent job and are deserving of this.”
Front Office Realignment: Owner Ralph Wilson indicated in his statement that the promotion of Russ Brandon is just the beginning. He said there will be more announcements in the near future as they finish the realignment of the front office. As we speculated earlier, football operations men like John Guy and Tom Modrak may get more responsibility and Dick Jauron may have more power over personnel issues as well.
Brandon Officially Top Guy: The Bills made official a report by ESPN that Russ Brandon has been named the Chief Operating Officer of the team. It makes him the top man in the front office and keeps continuity from the two year Marv Levy regime. Ralph Wilson announced the promotion to the newly created position this afternoon. Brandon will oversee the day-to-day operations of the entire franchise including both the football and business operations. In his statement Wilson said, "It has been my experience over the years that our greatest opportunity for success comes when we promote from within our own organization. So, I have decided that the responsibilities of the general manager’s position will be handled from within and we will not to go outside the organization. I am confident in the skills possessed by our seasoned football front office staff. What I feel we need is a person with Russ Brandon’s proven leadership skills to pull it all together. He has worked very closely with me over the years and I am comfortable that he is up to the task”.
Brandon Front Runner For Top Job: ESPN.com is reporting that Russ Brandon is the frontrunner for the top front office job although he likely won't get the general manager title. The current executive vice president of business operations would report directly to Ralph Wilson and be the top guy in the front office according to the report. The move leaves a hole on the football side since Brandon is considered a business and marketing master who is the main man behind the Bills regionalization success. Director of pro personnel John Guy was also considered a candidate for the job and will likely see a bit more responsibility with Brandon being more of a business guy. Assistant general manager Tom Modrak was not interested in the position because he wants to stay in charge of the college scouting department. The move assures that the team is going for consistency to build on the last two years under Marv Levy. Dick Jauron is also assured of staying as coach with this reported move and may even get more responsibility as well on the team's personnel. Vice president of football administration Jim Overdorf was also a candidate for the position and will continue to handle player contracts and the salary cap for the Bills. The succesor will likely be announced next week and allow Jauron to start his search for an offensive coordinator and an offensive line coach. It is unknown if Wilson ever had a candidate outside the organization but it doesn't appear like they contacted other teams for permission to speak to any other front office executives. Let us know if you think Brandon is a good choice by taking our poll on our homepage.
Lynch, Lindell Lead Honors Yesterday we looked at the final tally of goats, today we look at the big winners. Marshawn Lynch and Rian Lindell led the way with seven gameballs over the 16 game season. Lee Evans and Angelo Crowell followed with five. Evans also led the way in goats with seven meaning he was mentioned in 75% of the games. Next up will be a look back at all the player of the weeks with their stats. Final Gameballs Tally.
Friday January 11, 2008
Training Staff Honored: The Bills training staff was honored by the league as the NFL training staff of the year. The award is given by the Pro Football Athletic Trainers Society in conjunction with the Ed Block Courage Award. The main reasons they won the honor for the first time was because of the Kevin Everett situation and the record 17 players on injured reserve. Ironically the training staff will be honored at the same ceremony that Everett will be honored. The quick action by the team's trainers and doctors is credited with the amazing recovery by Everett. They held a spinal injury drill 11 days before Everett was hurt.
Evans The Lead Goat It was a disappointing season for Lee Evans. As we always do at the end of the season we total up all our goats given in each game this year. Evans ran away with the indistinguished honor with seven in the sixteen game season. Our gameball tallies will come tomorrow! Final Goat Tally.
Thursday January 10, 2007
Bills All-Pro Selections: The AP all-pro selections were announced yesterday. Two Bills were honored. Jason Peters is 2nd team all-pro at tackle and Brian Moorman is third team all-pro at punter. Peters is behind Seahawks tackle Walter Jones and New England's Matt Light. Moorman is behind Oakland's Shane Lechler and San Francisco's Andy Lee.
Everett Honored: Kevin Everett was selected for the team's Ed Block Courage Award. The award presented to a player from each team and honors commitment to the principles of sportsmanship and courage. The award is named for the former Baltimore Colts trainer who was known for caring of children. Everett is expected to attend a banguet on March 11th in Baltimore.
Wednesday January 9, 2007
Kugler Could Get Promoted: Outgoing OL coach Jim McNally has an idea who should replace him. He thinks assistant OL coach Sean Kugler should be the man and he will likely top the list of candidates for the job. Kugler worked with the tackles this year and was part of the game planning and schemes. He would help make the transition seamless. Kugler has a history with Jauron in Detroit before joining him in Buffalo.
Peters Skipping Pro Bowl: Jason Peters will not participate in the Pro Bowl next month in Hawaii. His injured groin will keep him from playing in the game and he was replaced by Browns rookie Joe Thomas. He was the Bills lone representative in the game. He's diappointed but knows there is always next year and the years after that.
Tuesday January 8, 2008
McNally Retires: The Bills have another position to fill on their coaching staff. Offensive line coach Jim McNally announced his retirement from coaching late today. McNally has coached in college or the pros for the past 43 years. His career started in Buffalo and came full circle as his last job was in Buffalo. In his statement McNally said, "I have truly enjoyed my coaching career in the NFL and I just feel that the time is right for me to retire. We've got the offensive line headed in the right direction and I see great things for them in the upcoming years." Coach Jauron said his career speaks for itself and they wish him the best in retirement. McNally retired partly do to his health, he needs a knee replacement. He injured his knee, broke a bone in his back and three ribs in a sideline collision week 3 against New England. He said while he still has enthusiasm for the game he needs to get his body right.
Searches Begin This Week: The Bills are expected to begin their search for two vacancies this week. They are looking for a new offensive coordinator and someone to replace Marv Levy. According to the Buffalo News, the Bills will be talking to candidates outside the organization but will not rule out from promoting within. The article also says there is talk within the organization that the new frontoffice person will not get the title of general manager but possibly something like vice president of personnel. That would put the person somewhat equal to Dick Jauron on the organization chart as well as equal to the team's non-football vice presidents. Wilson will not relinquish the team president title. Levy is advising Wilson on the upcoming decision and they are likely trying to keep the consensus approach to the decision making process that has existed the past two years. The Bills have not asked for permission to speak to anyone as of yet but candidates may include Bears director of college scouting Greg Gabriel and Saints vice president of player personnel Rick Mueller. For the offensive coordinator job Turk Schonert is a strong candidate and possibly Greg Olson who was demoted from the Rams offensive coordinator.
Monday January 7, 2008
Season Wrap: Bills Daily wrapped up the just completed season as we always do. On our gameday homepage is our end of season grades by position and by key players. We also gave our end of season awards that were given out to Jason Peters, Marshawn Lynch, Angelo Crowell, Rian Lindell, and John DiGiorgio. Peters was our player of the year. Do you agree with that choice? Let us know what you think by taking our poll on our homepage. Complete Story.
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