Cover 1 | The Podcast Episode #18 Joined by Dan Hatman


The Bills announced the firing of General Manager Doug Whaley and possibly a majority of his personnel department. Today we were joined by Dan Hatman, former NFL Scout and current Director of the Scouting Development at the Scouting Academy.




A multitude of topics were covered including:

  • Roles of the player personnel staff
    • Blesto Scouts
    • Area Scouts-their role on draft day
    • Director of player Personnel
    • General manager
  • Rumors of player personnel staff being fired prior to draft
    • How that affects/doesn’t affect their mindset during draft
    • Where they are in the war room
    • Why firing before the draft is bad
  • Possible GM candidates
  • Opinions on Bills draft picks
    • Tre’Davious White
    • Nathan Peterman
    • Dion Dawkins
  • Personal experience working with QB coach David Culley and OL coach Juan Castillo
  • Why firing the player personnel staff after is the correct model
  • Firing timeline should not be taken as a sign of dysfunction
  • Regardless, today is not a good day
    • Scouts, GM and a lot of good people lost their jobs
    • Now have to find out how to provide for their family


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