About a month ago MattRichWarren presented us with his Buffalo Bills 2000s All-Decade Team series. And for about a month we voted on a series of poles to determine who was worthy of being on that team. But more often than not we also ended up complaining over
the limited sometimes horrible talent that we had to pick from for any given position. So it was about at the TE position that I thought "hey why don't we also vote on the worst players that played for this team over the last decade?" And so here we are.
Now just like MattRichWarren'sseries I have a few criteria for players to be eligible for this team. They had to have played in at least a full season's worth of games in this decade to be eligible. Starting is not requirement, but you do have to have played significant amounts of snaps in those games. That means that, for example, the Bills 3rd receiver might make the list, but a 4th or 5th stringer wont be considered. That means that we wont end up voting for 7th rounders that ended up playing 2 snaps. These are going to be real players that played real roles on this team over the last ten years. And just because a player ended up on the All-Decade team does not mean that you can't also be on the worst-decade team.
Sorry about the delay folks, it's been a busy week. Last week we had to go threw a position where we have been blessed with talent over the last decade: Running Back. Well looking at the Fullbacks should bring us right back down to earth. This position has been beyond atrocious over the last decade. It's also hard to gauge a fullback's effectiveness threw stats alone, as stats don't show how good they are at their main function: run blocking. So lets get this started shall we?
Centers played 2 season in Buffalo, and statically is the best Fullback to wear a Buffalo jersey this decade. In 32 games for the Bills Centers had 45 rushing attempts for 216 yards and 4 TD's. Although his rushing stats were modest, he really shined as a receiver, he had 123 receptions for 1008 yards and 2 TD's, including 80 receptions for 620 yards and both TD's in the 2001 season. Centers left the Bills at the end of the 2002 season and went on to play one more season for New England before retiring after the 2003 season.
Gash played only one season for the Bills, the 2003 campaign, His 12th season in the NFL. He played in all 16 games for the Bills. Gash was an adequate blocker, but had very poor statistics. He only had one carry for 3 yards, and 11 receptions for 83 yards. That amassed for a total of 12 touches for 86 total yards and no TD's. Gash (wisely) decided to retire following his season with the Bills.
Yet another aging fullback, Shelton player in 3 seasons for the Bills (2004-2006). He was also yet another seldom used fullback that was primarily a blocker. In his time with the Bills he played in 46 games, amassing only 1 carry for no yards and 37 receptions for 247 yards and 1 single TD. Shelton retired after the end of the 2006 season, making him the second fullback in a row to retire a Bill.
The Bills chose to go the 2007 season without a Fullback, instead using TE Ryan Neufeld in a blocking role. So while Neufeld was not an actual Fullback, he makes the list for being used as one in his final season in Buffalo. He was used almost exclusively in a blocking roll when used as a fullback, as he had no carries at all and only had 2 receptions for 14 yards while splitting time at both TE and FB. Neufeld also retired after the end of the 2007 season (for those who aren't counting that 3 in a row).
McIntyre has been the Bills sole fullback since he was signed 5 games into the 2008 campaign, replacing an injured and released Darian Barnes. In his two seasons with the Bills McIntyre has proved to be a mediocre blocker at best. He has played in 26 games for the Bills, amassing 5 carries for 34 yards and 9 receptions for 54 yards and no TD's. He is currently listed as the Bills only fullback and we should expect him to remain with the Bills for the 2010 campaign.
There you have it, 2 seasons of good play by Centers followed by 7 seasons of absolute awfulness. Let's see who you think is the worst of the bunch.