By Tim Graham
The Buffalo Bills' media relations department has distributed statements from people who've worked with General Manager Doug Whaley at the Pittsburgh Steelers and Seattle Seahawks and as a player for the Pitt Panthers.
Former Steelers coach Bill Cowher:
"Doug Whaley, to me, has paid his dues. He has done his job professionally and with high quality. I know from working with him in Pittsburgh he is a guy who put due diligence towards every opportunity and task he was given. He has a wealth of knowledge, a good feel for people and a good eye for talent.
"I think when you talk about people that earn the opportunity to advance and earn the opportunity to have more responsibility that Doug is a guy who has proven along the way at every step that he can equal the challenge and then surpass it. It does not surprise me that he has been named general manager."