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.
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