We've gone through all the offensive positions and identified the players we felt were the best of the decade for the Buffalo Bills on that side of the ball. Before we move on to the defense, let's make a stop on special teams.
I'd love to have you vote on the best punter of the decade, but it would be pointless. It's Brian Moorman for everything pointed out in his Top 50 Bills series article by Kurupt. It would be an insult to even consider anyone else. In the 2000s, Moorman was the only Bills punter to attempt more than one hundred punts for the Bills. Chris Mohr may have attempted 95 in 2000, good for the 71st-highest total in one season in NFL history, but we think Moorman wins this argument.
In his nine-year career with the Bills, Moorman has made 700 punts for over 30,500 yards, an average of 43.6 yards per attempt. All of those are second only to Mohr in team annals, but with one more even below-average season in 2010, Moorman will become the most prolific punter in Bills history. His long punt of 84 yards is the longest in team history. He was named to the NFL's All-Decade team as the lone Bills representative. Moorman was named to two All-Pro teams and two Pro Bowls in the 2000s, and has two touchdown passes to boot.
Only one Bills kicker attempted more than 33 field goals in the 2000s. Despite strong seasons from Steve Christie in 2000 and Mike Hollis in 2002, the nod for this one goes to Rian Lindell. After signing a free agent contract to come to Buffalo from Seattle, Lindell solidified a spot that had been in chaos after Christie's release. The Bills went through four kickers in three years before making the signing, and Lindell has kicked in the swirling Buffalo winds ever since.
Lindell has been virtually automatic under 40 yards (95%), and is 127 for 134 from that distance. All together, he is 175 of 210 in Buffalo (83.3%), and has never missed an extra point - a perfect 210 for 210. He even had a punt go 37 yards while filling in for an injured Moorman.
His career 80.3% field goal percentage is good for 23rd all-time, and Lindell is second only to Christie on the team's all-time scoring list with 735 points.
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It's all right with everyone I gave the unanimous nods to Brian Moorman and Rian Lindell, right?
Yes. Nobody else was even worth considering. (1194 votes)
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