Packers Interested In Doug Whaley As GM?

Doug Whaley could be a candidate for the Packers’ GM vacancy. Whaley is “expected to draw interest” from Green Bay, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com (Twitter link). Doug Whaley (vertical)

Whaley was fired by the Bills less than 24 hours after the conclusion of the 2017 draft. The timing of the move puzzled many in the football world, but it was not an overall shock to see the Bills move on from him. During his time at the helm, the Bills’ best record was 9-7 and they did not qualify for the playoffs in any of his four seasons. He also made some big blunders, like the team’s trade to land Sammy Watkins in the 2014 draft and the onerous contract given to Marcell Dareus.

Still, it seems as though Whaley is receiving some credit for his role in the Bills’ current success. Although coach Sean McDermott and longtime ally Brandon Beane are running the show, the roster has Whaley’s fingerprints all over it. This year, the Bills ended their 17-year playoff drought and they could make some noise if they can get past the Jaguars in the Wild Card round.

In December, the Browns interviewed Whaley for their GM post before giving the job to John Dorsey. Many speculated that the interview was a sham and done only to satisfy the Rooney Rule.

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13 comments on “Packers Interested In Doug Whaley As GM?

    • Thronson5

      Who do you think they already know they are going to hire if this is just to satisfy the Rooney Rule? I’m not a fan of the Packers but just curious who the front runner is or who they might hire. I think it was definitely smart to shake things up. Losing Rodger to injury showed just how many holes they really have.

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      • gopackgo

        losing Elite Wolf would be a great mistake I have a felling that Ball will be another Ted Thompson

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        • wrigleyhawkeye

          Please do not be Ball. I don’t know they guy, not do I know what he really does, but I do know he’s not an evaluator of talent. That being said, he and Murphy seem to be the most chummy.

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      • minor league guy

        this most definitely is a rooney rule… as a packer fan, the only minority GM candidate we had in house just signed with the browns (alonso highsmith)… this job most likely goes to eliot wolf, bob gutekunst, a co-GM between the two, or russ ball… despite all the bells and whistles of hiring an outside agency to conduct the search, the packers wouldn’t have made efforts in previous years to retain these front office types if they werent being groomed for GM… plus keeping thompson as a “senior advisor” screams the pick will be in house

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      • orndorf32

        You’re right. And there are a LOT. Gotta draft all defense and a few guys along the O-line to help out when all these guys go down to injury.

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    • Doesn’t the Rooney Rule not need to be applied if the teams promote from within? Or is that only for coaches?

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  1. itslonelyatthetrop

    This guy could f*ck up a cup of coffee. How does he satisfy the Rooney Rule? He’s a spineless, clueless jellyfish! You’d have better results interviewing my dog, at least she knew what a football was!

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    • KYRedSox17

      Lol. Please Google the Rooney Rule, and then throw whatever device you typed this on in the trash.

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