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A look back at Bills GM history

By Tim Graham

Prior to Doug Whaley, the Buffalo Bills hired 11 general managers for whom they had high hopes.

A couple were great. Some were decent. Most didn't live up to the expectations.

For those who want to take a look back at the club's GM history, here's the rundown:

  • Dick Gallagher, 1960-66
  • Bob Lustig, 1967-78
  • Stew Barber, 1979-82
  • Pat McGroder, 1983
  • Terry Bledsoe, 1984-85
  • Bill Polian, 1986-92
  • John Butler, 1993-2000
  • Tom Donahoe, 2001-05
  • Marv Levy, 2006-07
  • Russ Brandon, 2008-09
  • Buddy Nix, 2010-2012
  • Doug Whaley, 2013-TBA

Video: Bucky Gleason & Mark Gaughan on Doug Whaley's elevation to GM | Photo gallery: A look at Whaley | Whaley makes changes on first day | Byrd's contract immediate issue for new GM | Bill Cowher's comments about Whaley | Whaley gets the nod as GM

Whaley's contract extended (Feb. 24, 2013) | Jay Skurski's profile of Whaley (Jan. 1, 2013) | Gaughan's profile of Whaley (Feb. 29, 2012) | Director of player personnel added to Whaley's title (May 7, 2011) | Whaley on hiring as assistant GM (March 2, 2010)

Video: Gaughan & Tim Graham on Buddy Nix's resignation, legacy | Story: Nix says time right to step down | Photo gallery: Nix through the years | Graham's list of the top 5 Nix 'hits' as GM | Top 5 Nix 'misses' | Nix's written statement


Bill Polian | Buddy Nix | Doug Whaley
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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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