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For 2013 Bills, there are first-timers for everything

By Tim Graham

The Buffalo Bills are about to enter rarified territory.

Monday's announcement that Buddy Nix had resigned as general manager -- and the expectation Doug Whaley will be promoted to replace him -- virtually guarantees the Bills will enter the 2013 season with a new GM, new head coach and new starting quarterback.

Aside from the Bills' inaugural season of 1960, when everybody was new, this will be the first time in club history they've gone into a season with another GM, another coach and a quarterback who hasn't started for them before.

And if first-round draft choice EJ Manuel wins the quarterback job, then the Bills will make an even more unusual season entrance. They would have not only a new GM, coach and quarterback, but also rookies in every role.

That would be highly unusual in NFL history, even though a similar rookie overhaul transpired last year for the Indianapolis Colts. They went to the playoffs with GM Ryan Grigson, coach Chuck Pagano and quarterback Andrew Luck.

The most famous instance of a rookie troika would be the 1989 Dallas Cowboys: GM Jerry Jones, coach Jimmy Johnson and quarterback Troy Aikman.


Buddy Nix | Doug Marrone | Doug Whaley | EJ Manuel
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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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