Former Bills GM Doug Whaley named senior VP of XFL

Former Bills GM Doug Whaley named senior VP of XFL
XFL Hires Former Bills GM Doug Whaley as Senior VP of Football Operations
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The XFL announced Thursday that it has hired former Buffalo Bills general manager Doug Whaley as the leagues senior vice president of football operations. 

“Based on his passion for all aspects of football, his intellect and vast experience as an NFL general manager, we believe that Doug is the perfect choice to lead the XFLs football operations,” XFL Commissioner and CEO Oliver Luck was quoted as saying in a release from the league. “The quality of the on-field product is paramount to the XFLs success, and Doug, who is tech-savvy and a firm believer in analytics, brings football credibility and a strong work ethic to the team. Im excited to begin working with him as we reimagine the game.”

XFL hires Doug Whaley to run football operations

According to Pro Football Talks Mike Florio, XFL commissioner Oliver Luck said the following regarding Whaleys hiring:

“Based on his passion for all aspects of football, his intellect and vast experience as an NFL general manager, we believe that Doug is the perfect choice to lead the XFLs football operations. The quality of the on-field product is paramount to the XFLs success, and Doug, who is tech-savvy and a firm believer in analytics, brings football credibility and a strong work ethic to the team. Im excited to begin working with him as we reimagine the game.”

Doug Whaley surely would like to get back in the NFL. For now, he’ll have a prominent role in the XFL.

The XFL Thursday announced it has named former Buffalo Bills General Manager Doug Whaley the leagues senior vice president of football operations.

The upstart league, which launches in 2020, has announced that Whaley, the former Bills G.M., will serve as the Senior V.P. of Football Operations.

Whaley was with the Bills from 2010 to 2017, and was their GM from 2013 to 2017. The Bills fired him the day after last years NFL draft.

Based on his passion for all aspects of football, his intellect and vast experience as an NFL General Manager, we believe that Doug is the perfect choice to lead the XFLs Football Operations, XFL Commissioner Oliver Luck said in a press release. The quality of the on-field product is paramount to the XFLs success, and Doug, who is tech-savvy and a firm believer in analytics, brings football credibility and a strong work ethic to the team. Im excited to begin working with him as we reimagine the game.

I would like to thank Oliver for giving me the opportunity to help bring their vision for the XFL to life, Whaley said. I’m excited to get started knowing we have a lot of work ahead of us. Nothing is more important than developing a fun, fast-paced game that football fans will embrace, and I look forward to making this challenge a reality.

Whaley, who was fired by the Bills after the 2017 draft, made headlines in 2016 for this quote about the sport: This is the game of football. Injuries are part of it. Its a violent game that I personally dont think humans are supposed to play. He described the comments as “a poor choice of words” the next day.

When Vince McMahon announced the return of the XFL in January, he said that the resurrected renegade league will be sensitive to player health and safety. But McMahon also said that the XFL will give fans what they want. Plenty of fans want old-school football, and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the XFL pivot in this direction, especially if the league struggles to establish a financial footing.


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