About a month and a half ago MattRichWarren presentedus 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.
The guard position has been a decent one over the last decade for the Bills. We've had a Pro-Bowler that some would argue could eventually become a HOFer, as well as a couple of promising young rookies. But we've also had the highest paid player in Bills history become the biggest waist of money in Bills history. So it's with that in mind that I present to you the following list. Keep in mind that this is probably also the position that I know the least about for the Bills over the last decade so the players that i include aren't necessarily bad, they're just the ones that were not very good/great for this team.
Hulsey was signed onto the Bills as an undrafted free agent in the 1999 off season and spent two full seasons on the practise squad before becoming the Bills starter at RG during the 2001 campaign, his only active season with the Bills. He played in 16 games for us, starting 12 of them. In 2001 the Bills rushed for 1686 yards and allowed 45 sacks. He was released by the Bills after the 2001 season and signed with the Raiders where he would play the remaining 4 seasons of his career, but only starting in 5 more games.
Drafted in the 5th round of the 2001 draft, Sully played 3 seasons for the Bills, his only 3 in the NFL. He played in a total of 32 games for the Bills, starting 22 of the, including starting every game of the 2002 campaign. The year that he was the starter at RG the Bills had 1596 rushing yards and allowed 54 sacks, the second most of the decade.
Drafted in the 7th round of the 2002 draft, Pucillo sat his entire rookie season and stepped in as the team's starter at RG during his sophomore campaign, replacing an injured Sullivan. in his two active seasons for the Bills Pucillo played in 15 games for the Bills, starting 12 of them. In his year as the Bills starter (2003) the Bills rushed for 1664 yards and allowed 51 sacks. He played in 2 games for the Bills in 2004 and then went down to injury and was later released by the Bills. He went on to play for both the Browns and the Redskins, where he last played in 2007.
An undrafted free agent who got his start with the Redskins, the Bills signed him off the Cowboys' roster during the 2002-2003 off season. He was Pucillo's backup in 2003 and moved to starting LG to replace Ruben Brown in 2004. He played in two seasons for the Bills, playing in 28 games, starting in 17 of them. During his years as the team's starting LG (2004) the Bills rushed for 1874 yards and allowed 38 sacks.
Anderson signed on to the Raven's roster as an undrafted free agent in 2000, spending the year on their practise squad. He then went on to be a 4 year starter for the Ravens at LG. He signed as a fee agent with the Bills in 2005 and was our starter at LG opposite Chris Villarrial. In 2005 the Bills rushed for 1607 yards and allowed 43 sacks.
Mr. BIlls biggest contract ever was signed in the 2006-2007 off season to a 7 year $49M dollar contract, with $18M guaranteed. He played 2 seasons for the Bills. In those two seasons the Bills rushed for 1800 and 1842 yards and allowed a decade low 26 sacks in 2007 and 37 sacks in 2008. However it became increasingly apparent that those impressive numbers were more a result of his Pro-Bowl LT line mate Jason Peters than his own talents, as his play decreased incredibly whenever Peters was absent due to injury. The Bills released Dockery after the end of the 2008 season when they realised that he was one of the largest waists of money in the NFL.
Omissions:Jamie Nails, even in the twilight of his career, this guy was good. Ruben Brown, the man went to the Pro-Bowl every season he played for us this decade, does he really need an explanation? Chris Villariel, the guys was good for us, if only he could have stayed healthy though. Brad Butler, see Chris Villariel. Eric Wood, had a descent rookie campaign that was cut short due to injury. Andy Levitre, I've been making the argument that Levitre was the decade's second best guard behind Brown, so if anyone thought that I'd put him on this list they are nuts.
There you have it, literally every player to start a game at OG for the Bills over the last decade is in this article. Now if you think that I included a guy that shouldn't have been on this list then by all means don't vote for him. As I've said before this is the position for which I have the least knowledge so I tried to find as much info as possible and went from there.
So have at it, time to vote!