Wally Buono is accustomed to being treated with respect and allowed to do his job.
That’s what working for David Braley is like for Buono, the general manager/coach of the B.C. Lions for the past seven seasons.
“His philosophy is that he has hired you do a job, and he holds me accountable, but he never disrupts you in that process,” Buono said on Wednesday from Vancouver. “David gives you the resources to go out and do your job.”
Some have suggested Braley can be a frugal owner, but the double owner of the Lions and the Argonauts said it’s more about being “cost-effective” than anything else.
Buono has no problems accomplishing what he wants to get done on the personnel side. Braley is hands-off when it comes to football operations.
“We talk, and share opinions, but he has never said anything like: ‘I think you should be playing this guy or that guy,’” Buono said.
“David is more concerned with the league than he is with himself or with anything else. The southern Ontario market is critical for our success as a whole. He stepped up for Vancouver in the late 1990s and now he is doing it for Toronto. One thing about David is he is usually a step ahead of everyone else. He is a visionary who thinks beyond today.”