By Douglas Holtz-Eakin
The young drop coverage to avoid higher premiums
Independent voices from the TWT Communities
Doug Whaley was promoted to take over as Buffalo Bills general manager, making the team's near top-to-bottom offseason overhaul complete.
Not getting any younger and confident he's put in place a young foundation capable of turning the Buffalo Bills into a winner, Buddy Nix called this the right time to step down as general manager on Monday.
Buffalo Bills coach Chan Gailey's job is secure, though quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick should expect to face a challenge for the starting job next season.
The haul in free agency and through trades has strengthened the Broncos, Bills and Bears. Now comes the lifeblood of any NFL team: the draft.
NFL general managers looking for an edge in next week's draft scour folders thick with information and base their decisions on the slimmest of margins _ a tenth of a second in the 40-yard dash, an extra inch in height, the last 5 pounds on a barbell being bench-pressed two dozen times or more.
New England quarterback Tom Brady might want to watch his back. The Jets' Mark Sanchez, too.
Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton waited more than four hours while his Auburn teammates went through their drills at pro day.
"I think at some point, you've got to step aside and let young guys that are qualified have their shot," Nix said during a hastily called news conference shortly after Bills completed a voluntary minicamp practice.
"I already had a flight and was scheduled to go to St. Pete to start on the 2014 draft," Nix said, referring to the team's annual scouting meeting in St. Petersburg, Fla. "And to be honest with you, my energy level's good as it's ever been, but I wasn't all excited about that trip."