The XFL has announced the hiring of former Buffalo Bills General Manager, Doug Whaley. Whaley will serve as the reborn league’s Senior Vice President of Football Operations. The 45-year-old formerly held the General Manager position in Buffalo from 2013 until the end of the 2017 season. The Bills posted a record of 30-34 with zero playoff appearances during his tenure. Prior to that, Whaley worked in the front office of the Pittsburgh Steelers for a decade.
According to Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio, the XFL commissioner Oliver Luck stated the following with regards to the hiring of Doug Whaley:
“Based on his passion for all aspects of football, his intellect and vast experience as an NFL general manager, we believe that Doug is the perfect choice to lead the XFL’s football operations. The quality of the on-field product is paramount to the XFL’s success, and Doug, who is tech-savvy and a firm believer in analytics, brings football credibility and a strong work ethic to the team. I’m excited to begin working with him as we reimagine the game.”
Owner of the XFL, WWE Chairman Vince McMahon, discussed his future vision for the “new” league in January 2018. Citing a desire for a faster paced game and other deviations from the previous XFL and current state of the NFL.
The rebirth of the XFL is slated to take place within the first couple of months of 2020 with a 10-week regular season. The teams and cities have yet to be announced.
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