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Happy Hour Replay: Doug Whaley dishes on... everything
Working with Rex Ryan. The XFL. Interviewing for the Steelers GM job. And, hey, remember the time the Bills thought they'd land Russell Wilson? Whaley has stories to share with subscribers.
Good morning, readers! I hope everyone has a phenomenal Father’s Day.
What a glorious lawn-mowing weekend ahead. Blast that Tyler Childers, and enjoy.
We’re ramping the Happy Hours back up here at Go Long, so — to give everyone a feel — here is our replay with Doug Whaley from this week. These sessions on Zoom give our subscribers a chance to ask people around the NFL whatever you’d like.
Whaley worked in pro personnel with the Pittsburgh Steelers, headed to Buffalo, took over as GM of the Buffalo Bills from May 2013 to 2017 and, now, is the Senior VP of Player Personnel for the XFL.
We got into everything…
How close the Buffalo Bills were to drafting Russell Wilson. (Very.)
Nearly getting back into the NFL. Whaley was a finalist for the Pittsburgh Steelers’ GM job this offseason. What were those interviews like?
Those wild Rex Ryan days.
The XFL. How can this league think outside of the box, and would they sign big names such as Colin Kaepernick?
The relationship between the media and NFL front office — and why everyone could’ve benefited from seeing this side of Whaley.
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Thanks, everyone. The full replay is above. If podcasting is your thing, we have this Happy Hour episode right in the Go Long feed, too: