Modrak’s departure was on the wall

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Many people were taken by surprise when the Buffalo Bills parted ways with Vice President of College Scouting Tom Modrak earlier this week.

However, if you think about it the writing was already on the wall.

According to a November 2006 article in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, even though Whaley held the title of Pro Personnel Coordinator with the Pittsburgh Steelers those weren’t his only duties. Not only was Whaley in charge of scouting opponents and free agents in advance, his duties also included the scouting of college players.

“During the season, mostly I’m the advance scout for the coaches, so during the week I’ll break down the film of the opponent — not their plays, but their players: the good points, the weak points and the summary of how they played,” Whaley said. “During the weekend, I’ll go out and do some colleges.”

Essentially, when general manager Buddy Nix hired Whaley to be his assistant general manager he hired him to eventually replace Modrak. Modrak under former Bills President and General Manager Tom Donahoe held the same title and duties as Whaley does now. Heck Whaley, Donahoe and Modrak all held the same title with the Steelers, which was the Pro Personnel Coordinator.

However, there is a clear distinction between Whaley and his predecessors. That being Modrak and Donahoe never played college football while Whaley played safety and linebacker at the University of Pittsburgh. So, it is not just a coincidence that the Steelers have been dominant when it came to finding linebackers and safeties. If you want proof of that look at last year’s NFL Draft as the Bills found a gem in outside linebacker Arthur Moats and hold linebacker Danny Batten in high regard as well even though he missed all of last year to an injury.

In the end, with the combination of Nix and Whaley running the show in Buffalo one thing is guaranteed and that is the Bills defense in a couple years will be one of the best in the NFL.

 

 

Slim chance Donte

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According to the Associated Press, via Pro Football Talk, Buffalo Bills strong safety Donte Whitner recently replied to Bills general manager Buddy Nix comments.

No matter what Whitner says there is only a slim chance Whitner comes back to play for the Bills in 2011.

Nix stated in an interview on radio station WEDG that he thinks Whitner doesn’t want to comeback to play for the Bills, and most likely won’t.

Whitner in reply stated that is not true and he would love to play for the Bills. However, the fact of the reality is that the Bills resigned strong safety George Wilson and drafted a safety with their first pick in the fourth round and with the Bills already having Bryan Scott and Jon Corto at safety as well there really is no room for Whitner on the Bills roster.

The fact of the matter is that there is only two ways that Whitner plays for the Bills in 2011 and that is if the NFL is forced to open its doors so close to the start of the regular season that the National Football League instructs unsigned players to remain with the same team as they were on in 2010. The other is if the rules to be eligible for free agency remains at six years, which Whitner doesn’t have since he has only five.

This all could have been avoided if Whitner didn’t set his contract demands to be one of the highest paid safeties in the NFL. What makes that laughable is the fact that Whitner only recorded one interception. Yes, he did have a career year in pass deflections and tackles, but a strong safety has to make plays, especially in the interception department.

In the end, Whitner may get his big contract somewhere else, but the reality is he will never live up to.