The Buffalo Bills promoted Russ Brandon to president with full authority over the National Football League team’s operations.
Brandon, who had served solely as the club’s chief operating officer, will now hold a dual role as chief executive officer, Bills owner Ralph Wilson said in a statement. Brandon replaces the 94-year-old Wilson as president and CEO.
“I have granted him full autonomy to run the organization as he feels is best,” Wilson said. “We want our team to be one that our fans are proud of. I believe that Russ has the unique abilities to assemble and lead the talent we will need to get the job done.”
The Bills fired Chan Gailey as coach yesterday after a second consecutive 6-10 season, leaving the team looking for its fifth new coach since 2001. Buffalo hasn’t had a winning record since going 9-7 in 2004 and has the NFL’s longest playoff drought at 13 years.
“These past 13 years have been very difficult on our fans and we have not produced the type of winning team that they deserve,” Wilson said. “It has been frustrating for our organization and for me as well.”
Brandon has spent 16 years with the Bills, holding a variety of roles, including general manager in 2008 and 2009.
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