Buffalo Bills general manager Brandon Beane has been named 2020 NFL Executive of the Year on Thursday by both Sporting News and the Pro Football Writers of America.
In Beane’s fourth season as general manager, the team went 13-3 in the regular season and is playing in the AFC Championship Game this Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs. It will be Buffalo's first appearance in the AFC title game in 27 years.
Beane’s signature offseason move was acquiring wide receiver Stefon Diggs from the Minnesota Vikings, who caught 127 passes (sixth most in a single season in NFL history) this season for a league-high 1,535 yards and eight touchdowns. Diggs was named a First-Team All Pro by the Associated Press this season, while also being named to the Sporting News All-Pro Team on Thursday.
Beane is the second Bills executive to ever win the Sporting News award, joining Bill Polian, who won it in both 1988 in 1991. He is also the first Bills general manager to win the Executive of the Year honor from the PFWA.
Beane was also the assistant general manager in Carolina when their general manager, at the time, Dave Gettleman in won the award in 2017.
In addition, Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll has been named by the PFWA as the Assistant Coach of the Year. In his third season with the Bills, Daboll led the Buffalo offense, led by quarterback Josh Allen, to the second-ranked unit in the entire league. He also helped Allen put up an MVP-caliber season, while being the third-ranked passing offense in the NFL.
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