Doug Whaley wasted little time in putting his stamp on the Buffalo Bills’ football operations department.
In one of his first moves as the team’s new general manager, Whaley hired Jim Monos to be the team’s director of player personnel and Kelvin Fisher as the director of college scouting. Neither Monos nor Fisher were made available to the media Thursday by the team.
Monos steps into the role that Whaley previously held, overseeing both the pro personnel and college scouting departments.
“I’ve known him for a while. He’s an incredible talent evaluator and he will be important for us on the road, seeing the top talent,” Whaley said of Monos, who comes to the Bills after spending the past eight seasons as a scout with the New Orleans Saints.
“I have not worked with him, but I have been around him,” Whaley said. “I’ve seen how he conducts himself on the job and off the job.”
With the Saints, Monos was responsible for scouting the Southeast region, an area the Bills have targeted heavily in the past four years. Over that time, the Bills have used 27 of their 35 draft picks on players from that part of the country.
In his role with the Bills, Monos will collaborate with Tom Gibbons, the team’s director of pro personnel, on evaluations of free agents. He’ll also scout college prospects.
Monos is credited with urging the Saints to draft guard Jahri Evans in the fourth round in 2006. Evans has been a Pro Bowler for four straight seasons and in 2010 signed a contract extension that made him the highest-paid interior offensive lineman in NFL history.
Monos’ father, Jim Monos Sr., was the offensive line coach at Bloomsburg (Pa.) University while Evans was a player there.
Prior to joining the Saints, Monos was an area scout for the Philadelphia Eagles from 2001-04, focused on the Northeast region of the country. A native of Palmyra, Pa., Monos played quarterback at Lebanon Valley College in 1995 before transferring to Bloomsburg.
Fisher has spent the last 13 years with the Pittsburgh Steelers as a college scout. Fisher started with the Steelers in 2000, a year after Whaley.
“I’ve been with him for a long time so he knows the process that I’m going to implement,” Whaley said.
Fisher scouted the Western region of the country for the Steelers. The native of Ambridge, Pa., was a four-year starting fullback at Arizona State from 1988-91.
His son, Kelvin Jr., is a defensive back at the University of Arkansas.
Both Monos and Fisher come from Super Bowl-winning teams.
“We are excited to add two well-respected and innovative personnel professionals to this organization,” Whaley said.
Fisher replaces Chuck Cook as the director of college scouting. Cook, who was hired by former General Manager Buddy Nix in 2011, will now serve as a national scout. Cook is entering his 30th season in the NFL in 2013. He spent 24 years with the Kansas City Chiefs, including 11 as their director of college scouting, and three years as a regional scout with the Miami Dolphins from 2008-10 before coming to Buffalo.
Additionally, the Bills promoted C.J. Leak from BLESTO scout, a job he’s held the past two years, to a college area scout. Pete Harris, who worked as a scouting assistant the past two seasons, was promoted to BLESTO scout.
BLESTO is a scouting service that last season was used by seven NFL teams – the Bills, Steelers, Jaguars, Redskins, Lions, Vikings and New York Giants.
Doug Majeski, a 24-year member of the Bills’ scouting department and current coordinator of college scouting, also added the job of national cross checker to his duties.