Pegula says Whaley & McDermott “get along great”

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BUFFALO, NY – JUNE 24: Terry Pegula of the Buffalo Sabres attends the 2016 NHL Draft on June 25, 2016 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

When it comes to discord in the Bills front office, owner Terry Pegula was clear that there’s nothing to discuss.

The Bills owner addressed media at the conclusion of NFL owners meetings in Phoenix. He says new head coach Sean McDermott and GM Doug Whaley get along fine.

“We just spent the afternoon working together,” Pegula said. “Those guys get along great. They work well together.”

Pegula said decisions like draft picks will be a “group effort.”

The Tyrod Taylor decision was even more than that. Pegula said keeping Taylor was a “unanimous” choice. “We’re all happy with that.”

Jason LaCanfora reported late last week the marriage between Whaley and McDermott “was not built to last”.

He also reported McDermott was possibly use growing influence within the organization to add executives he knows from the Panthers. 

Pegula called that report “erroneous”. 

The Bills have been following the plan of one person and one voice speaking for the team. That voice has primarily been McDermott and it’s a significant part of why he was named Buffalo’s head coach. 

“It’s a lot simpler to have one spokesperson for the organization,” Pegula said. “We wanted a coach who could be the face of our organization and step into that role.”

After the Raiders made it three NFL teams to relocate because of stadium issues, there was discussion of whether the Bills could suffer the same fate in a few years. 

Pegula offered little news on the subject, reminding that he said upon buying the team, he didn’t want to be talking about a new stadium for nine years. 

“The state just got through with a rather expensive renovation on the stadium. I don’t think it’s our place to make demands and ask for things now,” Pegula said. “We have a lease on our stadium until 2023. We’re not talking about stadiums. 

“(A new stadium) hasn’t been discussed in any detail. We’re newer owners. We’re a smaller market in the league. We have to be happy with what we have.”

Pegula admitted the hardest part of being an NFL owner is the same thing that’s been hard on Bills fans. The team isn’t winning. 

“We’re not happy with what we’ve been doing on the field,” Pegula said. “We need to get better. “

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