Bills going back to Steelers' well

The Buffalo Bills chose to operate without a football-minded general manager until a little more than a month ago.

Now they're trying to give their new football-oriented GM a football-oriented assistant GM.

In his blog on NFL.com, Jason La Confora writes the Bills have asked Pittsburgh Steelers pro scouting coordinator Doug Whaley to be the assistant general manager to Buddy Nix.

Whaley presumably would fill the void created when the Bills fired vice president of pro personal John Guy two weeks ago.

Whaley has been with the Steelers for 13 seasons, the past 10 as pro scouting coordinator.

A bit of trivia for Bills fans: The two previous men who were the Steelers' pro scouting coordinator before Whaley?

Tom Donahoe and Tom Modrak.

The Bills hired Donahoe as general manager after the 2000 season and fired him in January 2006. The experience soured Bills owner Ralph Wilson so much that he didn't hire another general manager until Nix.

Modrak is the Bills vice president of college scouting, but has been the target of fan disdain for drafts that have produced zero playoff teams for 10 years running.