Five players with 25 or more starts at tackle were considered for our first spot on the Buffalo Bills All-Decade squad offensive line. Three of them earned more than 15% of the vote. Jason Peters, won handily though not by as unanimous a decision as I would have expected. Today's vote may be the closest of any position on the team to this point. Here are the nominees:
Fina finished his career starting 26 games at LT in the first two years of the decade. The Bills gave up 59 and 46 sacks in those seasons with Rob Johnson and Alex Van Pelt manning the helm. The rushing attack netted 1,922 and 1,686 yards, respectively, in each of those two years.
In the third round of the 2001 NFL Draft, the Bills made a move to replace the aging Fina by selecting eventual replacement Jonas Jennings. After beginning on the right side, he shifted over to the left side following Fina's departure, starting 52 games in total for Buffalo. His Bills teams rushed for between 1,596 and 1,874 yards over Jennings' tenure in Buffalo, and gave up 38 to 54 sacks with Jennings at LT.
When John Fina left, the Bills addressed the loss again by taking Texas OT Mike Williams with the fourth overall pick in the 2002 NFL Draft. After 47 starts over four years, Williams got benched and later released. In the three seasons he started 13 or more games, the Bills never gave up fewer than 38 sacks, and rushed for between 1,596 and 1,874 yards.
After the other failures at right tackle, the Bills made a bold move signing Langston Walker as a free agent in 2007. The team made him their top priority in the period, signing him in the early hours of the first day of free agency. After 32 starts at right tackle, the Bills tried to move the massive man to left tackle following the departure of Peters, but after what was termed a "complete regression," Walker was released prior to the 2009 season. In 2007, the Bills gave up only 26 sacks, the fewest in the decade, and in both years the team rushed for over 1,800 yards.
Now it's your turn to vote on who was the best Bills offensive tackle of the decade after Jason Peters. Leave your rationale in the comments section. We'll do the guards next.
Who was the best offensive tackle for the Buffalo Bills last decade?
John Fina (593 votes)
Jonas Jennings (538 votes)
Mike Williams (59 votes)
Langston Walker (93 votes)
1283 total votes