Buffalo News: Whaley talking up Manuel in coach interviews
The Buffalo News is reporting that Buffalo Bills General Manager Doug Whaley has been promoting quarterback EJ Manuel during their head coaching interviews.
Buffalo News reports that “Whaley acknowledged that he was part of an organizational decision to make Manuel the 16th overall pick of the 2013 draft, telling reporters during the Dec. 29 season-ending news conference they could “assign blame” wherever they wanted for the former Florida State star’s disappointing performance.
But Whaley apparently thinks Manuel’s struggles, which led to his benching after only four games last season in favor of since-retired Kyle Orton, have had more to do with coaching than the player. Whaley is, according to an NFL source, conveying those thoughts to the candidates that he and the rest of the Bills’ hierarchy have interviewed for the team’s head-coaching vacancy.
The source said that during interviews Whaley not only has spoken in glowing terms about Manuel, he also has made it clear he wants the new coach to make the progress in developing Manuel that Marrone and his staff failed to make.”