He was lucky to survive 2005’s front office clearing, but this time around John Guy’s luck ran out.
On Wednesday night, the Bills fired Guy, their vice president of pro personnel since 2001. Guy was in charge of the team’s scouting of free agents and scouting of opponents. He was brought to Buffalo by former team president Tom Donahoe in 2001 and served as the team’s chief pro scout. Guy was promoted to vice president in 2008.
Guy was largely responsible for evaluating free agents. Under his watch, the Bills have had very little success in the free agent market this past decade. They brought in productive pieces such as linebackers London Fletcher and Takeo Spikes and offensive lineman Chris Villarrial and last year free agent center Geoff Hangartner.
But unfortunately Guy’s legacy will be tied to two names who proved to be two huge mistakes: Derrick Dockery and Langston Walker. Both were marginal players who were given Orlando Pace or Jonathan Ogden-type contracts. The Bills signed Dockery to a seven-year deal with $49 million, the richest contract in team history. Walker was inked for five years and $25 million. Both were signed in 2007 and released in 2009. Even though Guy wasn’t responsible for the specifics of the contracts (amount of money and length), the trail ultimately leads back to Guy.
New GM Buddy Nix has began to firmly put his signature on the Bills. On Tuesday, Chan Gailey was introduced as the new head coach. On Wednesday night, Guy was fired. While the Gailey hiring has yet to receive a stamp of approval from the fans, Guy’s firing probably improves the mood among the Bills nation.
Is Tom Modrak the next one to clean out his office and forget the address?