Two more members of the Buffalo Bills' revamped front office met the media Monday.
Jim Monos will take over as the team's Director of Player Personnel, while Kelvin Fisher is the new Director of College Scouting. They are the latest moves in the Bills' attempted overhaul that has seen it bring on the youngest front office tandem in the NFL in President Russ Brandon, GM Doug Whaley and coach Doug Marrone.
Monos will collaborate on free agent signings, player transactions and college scouting. spent the last eight seasons as an area scout for the New Orleans Saints, whom he helped guide to a Super Bowl title during his time there. He said the feel of the Bills in 2013 is reminiscent of those title-winning days in the Big Easy:
"That part is what's exciting, the fact that New Orleans in 2006 is that same feel that when coach (Sean) Payton came in, Mickey Loomis as GM – it was just exciting, so I did feel that way a little bit."
Fisher has worked with Whaley before. Fisher had been part of the Pittsburgh Steelers front office the past 13 years and worked in tandem with Whaley before Whaley shuffled off to Buffalo at the start of the Buddy Nix tenure.
"What was amazing is that he trained me on a lot of things I didn't even know he was training me on," FIsher said of his new boss. "He's a very intelligent guy. He did some things, and later on I figured it out and I asked him about it, and he said, 'Tell me what you would do,' so I was very impressed with Doug from day one when I met him."
Like Manos, Fisher said he was impressed by the culture around his new employer:
"The one thing I noticed (is) I'm here and everyone's excited. And that's the first step, I believe, going in the direction. Everyone's excited about me being here. Everyone's excited about this organization, about this team. I just think that's the direction you have to be in."
Whaley said he made the hires, in part, because both men come from Super Bowl-winning programs.
He also promoted C.J. Leak to college area scout and Pete Harris to BLESTO scout. Chuck Cook was named a new national scout. Doug Majeski was named national cross checker while maintaining his role as coordinator of college scouting.