Not getting any younger and confident he’s put in place a young foundation capable of turning the Buffalo Bills into a winner, Buddy Nix called this the right time to step down as general manager.
“I think at some point, you’ve got to step aside and let young guys that are qualified have their shot,” Nix said during a hastily called news conference Monday shortly after Bills completed a voluntary minicamp practice. “I never put a timetable on it. I always felt like I’d know when it was the right time.
“And I think it’s the right time.”
The 73-year-old will move into a newly created role as a special assistant.
Nix steps down two weeks after overseeing his fourth draft with the Bills, and in the midst of yet another start-from-scratch overhaul under new coach Doug Marrone.
“I feel strongly that the team is on the right course for success,” Nix said. “I think the thing that probably I’m the most proud of will be the next two or three years. I think we’ve got a really good young roster. I love our head coach. I think he’s a guy who’s going to win a lot of games here for a long time.”
Assistant GM Doug Whaley, entering his fourth season in Buffalo, is expected to take over. Though the Bills did not immediately announce Nix’s replacement, the team has spent much of the past year grooming Whaley to succeed Nix.
REDSKINS: Washington signed sixth-round draft pick Bacarri Rambo, who played safety at Georgia. The team also signed fifth-round selection Brandon Jenkins, who played defensive end at Florida State. The Redskins plan to use him as a linebacker. He missed nearly the entire 2012 season after breaking his left foot in the opening game.
CHIEFS: Kansas City hired former Nevada coach Chris Ault, the innovator of the “pistol” offensive formation that has swept through the NFL, to serve as a special consultant.
CHARGERS: Philip Rivers thought Manti Te’o had a decent first interaction with San Diego veterans.
“It didn’t seem like he was lost or anything ... he didn’t stand out, which was a good thing,” Rivers said after the first practice of organized team activities.
The team kept Te’o away from a large media contingent that hoped to find out how he felt after mixing it up with vets for the first time.