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Sources: Russ Brandon, Doug Whaley up; Buddy Nix down

By Tim Graham

BrandonMugThe Buffalo Bills will hold a news conference today around noon to announce major changes within the front office.

CEO Russ Brandon is expected to be given greater control over football operations, answering only to owner Ralph Wilson, while General Manager Buddy Nix will be phased out.

It's still unclear what the plan is for Nix. He could remain with the team in an advisory capacity and still have input on the next draft. Assistant GM and pro personnel director Doug Whaley is expected to have an increased role within the organization.

What is clear is that Brandon is charting the course for football side and the coaching search to replace Chan Gailey, who was fired Monday morning.

The Bills have not announced who will take part in today's news conference. Only two chairs are on the podium in the media center at One Bills Drive.

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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.

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