Whaley hired Rex Ryan? Whaley changed the defense to that **** show we watched for the last two years? Whaley never got a chance to pick his HC. By all reports he wanted Hue Jackson and they would have kept Schwartz.
It's hard for me to really evaluate Whaley. I don't think he ever had the chance to be THE GM, with real control. But if you aren't powerful enough to get that control from the owner, maybe you aren't suited to be the GM.