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One must hope Doug Whaley's era with Bills exceeds his mentor's

By Tim Graham

Buffalo Bills fans may chuckle when they read this quote from former Buffalo Bills president Tom Donahoe about new General Manager Doug Whaley:

"I'm sure he'll do better with it than I did," Donahoe told USA Today reporter Jarrett Bell.

The Donahoe era in Buffalo was a catastrophe, and that's not entirely Donahoe's fault. Ralph Wilson fired him and, feeling burned, the owner's distrust in hiring another football man set the organization back for years.

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Jack Butler a Hall of Fame player, perhaps an even greater scout

By Tim Graham

Jack Butler was great enough as a defensive back to get into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Butler was a four-time Pro Bowler for the Pittsburgh Steelers, was voted all-NFL three times and was one of two defensive halfbacks on the NFL's all-decade team for the 1950s.

The St. Bonaventure alum played on only two winning teams and never appeared in the postseason, but -- for a franchise loaded with Super Bowl champion defensive stars -- Butler was one of only 16 defensive players to make the Steelers' 75th anniversary team of 2007.

Yet when I asked Buffalo Bills assistant general manager Doug Whaley if Butler made a bigger impact on the game as a player or a scout, the answer wasn't easy.

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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.

@gggaughan | [email protected]


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.

@JaySkurski | [email protected]

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