|Player: Marv Levy tells Buffalo Bills he won't return as team's GM|
|Written by Admin|
|Monday, 31 December 2007 06:16|
Bills safety George Wilson told The Associated Press that the 82-year-old Levy opened the team's wrap-up meeting with a five-minute speech during which he said he won't return as GM.
``He's not stepping down,'' Wilson said. ``He's stepping out and moving on in his career.''
Wilson said Levy told players he was content with where the Bills are after his two-year tenure as GM.
The Bills finished the season 7-9 after losing Sunday to Philadelphia, 17-9. They failed to make the playoffs for an eighth straight year, the longest drought in franchise history.
Levy was not available for comment and did not return calls. The team has not confirmed that Levy will leave.
He took over as a first-time general manager in 2005, when the Bills lured him out of retirement after a front-office shakeup that included the firing of president Tom Donahoe.
Levy enjoyed his greatest success in Buffalo as the team's coach before retiring after the 1997 season. In 11-plus seasons, Levy posted a 112-70 record to become the franchise's winningest coach. He led the Bills to an unmatched four consecutive Super Bowl appearances in the 1990s, but the team lost all four games.
He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2001.
Upon taking over as GM, Levy's first task was hiring Dick Jauron as coach, replacing Mike Mularkey, who resigned a week after Donahoe's firing.
Levy's role as GM was relatively undefined, although he provided input on the team's draft and personnel decisions, consulted with Jauron and stayed in close contact with team owner Ralph Wilson, who lives in suburban Detroit.
Levy, however, stayed out of contract talks, leaving that to team vice president Jim Overdorf.