While thequarterback position has had a tumultuous run over the last decade, the team did have one Pro Bowl player at the position in that time frame. We begin our series voting for the Bills Team of the Decade by picking our quarterback. Here are the nominees:
Johnson started 19 games for the Bills over the 2000 and 2001 seasons. He went 5-14 as a starter in those seasons, completing 309 of his 522 passes (59%) for 3,590 yards, with 17 touchdowns to 14 interceptions. The guy took 80 sacks in the 20 games he played in, too. If you want to get super picky, Johnson is the only Bills QB to start a playoff game in the decade, losing on a last-second play to the in January of 2000.
Bledsoe compiled a 23-25 record in Buffalo, starting every game over the course of his three seasons with the Bills from 2002-2004. His 10,151 passing yards, 905 completions, 1,531 pass attempts, 55 touchdowns, 43 interceptions and 48% winning percentage are all the most by any Bills QB during the decade - as is his number of Pro Bowls, one, following his 2002 campaign. During 2002, Bledsoe broke several of the team's single-season passing records, throwing 100 more passes than Jim Kelly ever did in one year and gaining 500 more yards than the Hall of Famer. In 2004, the Bills came up just short of the playoffs with Bledsoe at the helm.
From 2004-2008, J.P. Losman started 33 games for the Bills, compiling a 10-23 record as a starter. He is the longest-tenured player on this list in terms of years spent with the club. In the decade, he ranks second behind Bledsoe in virtually every category, including attempts (941), completions (558), and yards (6,211). He threw 33 touchdowns and 34 interceptions in a Bills uniform.
The final player up for consideration is current Bills quarterback Trent Edwards. Edwards has the second-best winning percentage among Bills QBs in the decade who have started a season's worth of games. He ranks third behind Bledsoe and Losman with 506 completions, 826 attempts, 5,498 yards, 24 touchdowns, and 25 interceptions. Edwards led all Bills QBs in the decade with a 61.3 completion percentage and a 77.9 passer rating.
Now it's your turn to vote on who was the best Bills quarterback of the decade. Feel free to leave your rationale in the comments section. Up next is the running back of the decade.