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Bills Make Front Office Move

Buffalo Bills President & Chief Executive Officer Russ Brandon (Getty Images)

Changes are coming quickly at One Bills Drive.  The Buffalo Bills promoted Russ Brandon to President and Chief Executive Officer of the team, one day after the firing of Chan Gailey and his entire coaching staff following a third straight losing season.

What that means is that Brandon will be calling all the shots for the team.  At the age of 94, owner Ralph Wilson appears ready to step back from having the final say in all important team decisions.  In a statement, Wilson said “Russ is a proven leader and he will now have full authority over the entire Buffalo Bills operation. I have granted him full autonomy to run the organization as he feels is best.”

Wilson added, “These past 13 years have been very difficult on our fans and we have not produced the type of winning team that they deserve. It has been frustrating for our organization and for me as well. We want our team to be one that our fans are proud of. I believe that Russ has the unique abilities to assemble and lead the talent we will need to get the job done.”

For the fans who’ve felt that Wilson was out of touch with the realities of the NFL, here’s an indication that the Bills are finally ready to place their future in a young guy who’s respected around the NFL.

Brandon will also have the final say on the hiring of a new coach.  General Manager Buddy Nix will remain with the team.

Some may be critical of the Bills hiring from within, but who better knows the team, its problems and its needs than Brandon.  And most importantly, taking the key decisions out of the hands of Wilson is a step in the right direction.


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