A bit of a surprise Monday from One Bills Drive. Buddy Nix is no longer the team's general manager, as he steps down into an advisory role. Don Heins has the details from Orchard Park.
"At some point, you've got to step aside and let young guys that are qualified have their shot," said Buddy Nix.
And Nix said that time is now. He's help build a youthful roster, with only four players over the age of 30, to go along with a new head coach and new team president.
"I wanted to feel good about it. I do. I think I have said all along that there were certain things we wanted to do and wanted to have in place. I feel good about that."
That's, namely, the arrival of EJ Manuel - the player they hope to be a franchise quarterback. Nix has his fingerprints on it all, including the development of Russ Brandon.
"I've been here going on 17 years, and 12 of those have been with Buddy. He means more to me than I can say and has been a significant part of this organization. he helped raise me in this business," said Brandon, Bills president and CEO.
For months, it's been widely believed that Doug Whaley is the Bills GM in waiting, and while the organization didn't make that announcement on Monday, players expressed optimism with him moving forward.
"I have a lot of faith in Doug. I think he's got a great football mind. He kind of gets it, and I think he's got a good feel for the players," said center Eric Wood.
"He's learned from a lot of people. I love what he brings to the table as well. He's another guy who's got a lot of knowledge with the game. We're excited about that and looking forward to the era under him," said running back Fred Jackson.
An era that begins with a continued youth movement in the Bills organization.