Buffalo Bills general manager Doug Whaley wants to avoid paralysis from analysis.
The former pro personnel director of the Pittsburgh Steelers, now with Buffalo, takes more of an old school approach to scouting, eschewing the notion that film can't be studied enough.
"I'd say, for us, it doesn't help us," he told reporters at the Bills' pre-draft luncheon last week,quoted by ESPN's Mike Rodak. "I'm a firm believer in the saying, 'study long, study wrong.' I like to go with my gut, my gut feeling."
Whether his former boss, Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert, feels the same way remains to be seen. It's tough to suggest that wouldn't be the case, considering Whaley worked under Colbert for 10 years before moving to Buffalo as their assistant general manager in 2010. He took over for Buddy Nix as the Bills' general manager in 2013.
So what do either Whaley or Colbert do with the additional two weeks of draft prep time, something neither GM has had in their respective positions?
"I would say it's finally one time where we could use you guys to our advantage," Whaley said, suggesting, comically, the media can be used to a team's advantage. "There's things that you can put out there to see if someone bites. Some things that you put out there and it's true. You have to let people read between the lines. You don't want to show your hand, and I'm sure everybody else is doing the same thing."
And we'll print it, Mr. Whaley. Let the fans speculate.