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Doug Whaley focused on turning Bills around, not other GM jobs

By Jay Skurski

With five general manager jobs open in the NFL (Cleveland, Jacksonville, New York Jets, Arizona and San Diego), Buffalo Bills assistant GM Doug Whaley has a lot of potential suitors.

Whaley, though, said today his focus is on his job here with the Bills.

"Right now I accepted a challenge when I took this position, to get this franchise back to where we know it should be, and that's my focus," he said. "There's nothing been promised to me, but to give me the resources to do my job to help those guys [Russ Brandon and Buddy Nix] put this franchise on the right track. I love a challenge. That's what I signed up for, and I hope to be here long enough to see it completed."

Whaley, 39, was not specific when asked whether he has received any assurances from the team that he'll be its next general manager after Nix retires or steps aside.

"Well, I look at it this way. They said it's a results-based business. And if we don't get the results, I may not even be here. As long as the results turn out to be positive, everything else will take care of itself. I'm not worried about that."

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Tim Graham

Tim Graham

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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Mark Gaughan

Mark Gaughan

Buffalo native Mark Gaughan started working at The News in 1980 and has been covering the Bills exclusively since 1992. He is a former president of the Pro Football Writers of America, and he is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee.

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Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida. He writes a weekly Fantasy column in addition to his beat writing duties.

@JaySkurski | jskurski@buffnews.com

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