Bills promote scouting directors in latest front-office move

Updated: January 14, 2008, 1:06 PM ET
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

As part of the reorganization of the Buffalo Bills' front office, the top two personnel officials for the franchise have been promoted and awarded vice president titles.

Director of college scouting Tom Modrak and director of pro scouting John Guy both were elevated by owner Ralph Wilson to vice president in their respective departments. Wilson called Guy and Modrak "very deserving" of the promotions.

The new job titles, which came in the wake of Saturday's appointment of Russ Brandon to the post of chief operating officer, does not significantly alter the two men's responsibilities.

Brandon had served as the team's executive vice president of business operations and has been with the franchise since 1997. Early Saturday, ESPN.com reported that Wilson had elected to stay in-house to fill the front-office vacancy created by the departure of general manager Marv Levy, and that Brandon was the front-runner for the position.

The Bills officially announced Brandon as their new chief operating officer a few hours later.

Because his background is more in the business and marketing side of the organization, and he does not have direct experience in personnel matters, Brandon will not function in the role of a traditional general manager. With the retirement of Levy, who served two years as general manager after coming out of retirement to aid Wilson, the general manager job title will be eliminated.

Under the revamped chain of command, Modrak and Guy will oversee personnel and scouting matters. It's also possible that coach Dick Jauron will have more input into personnel matters.

Modrak, 62, a longtime NFL personnel official, had served previously as the team's director of football operations (2001) and assistant general manager (2002-2006) before assuming the role of director of college scouting in 2007. Guy, 56, had been Buffalo's director of college scouting since 2001.

Len Pasquarelli is a senior NFL writer for ESPN.com.

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