Sean McDermott has never led a team in an NFL game, but the Buffalo Bills‘ first-year coach has solidified his role as the only leadership figure and chief football decision-maker of the club that hired him in January.

The writing was on the wall for general manager Doug Whaley, who was fired on Sunday, a little more than 12 hours after the 2017 draft ended. McDermott took over Whaley’s duties of speaking to the media prior to the draft and after each selection was made. Twice when discussing decisions made during the draft, McDermott used the word “I” to refer to the moves before stopping himself and using the word “we,” as if he had been reminded to keep up appearances that Whaley still had sway.

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