About a two and a half months ago MattRichWarrenpresented 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.
stricken from memory originally forgotten Erik Flowers easily won the first poll, so let's get on with the second spot shall we? Also of not, I have removed both Aaron Maybin and Anthony Hargrove from the list as Ifelt it was unfair to include an incredibly unproductive rookie backup and a player that was never here mentally on a list of even more incredibly mediocre (to flat out awful) starters. So We're now left with 3 names. (But again I will include the re-vote clause in the poll as other people will surely not agree with me.)
A sixth round pick of the Bucs in the 1993 draft, Ahanotu signed with the Bills signed with the Bills in 2002 to play opposite Aaron Schobel. He only stayed one year in Buffalo, playing in all 16 games and starting 14 of them. In that year he had 44 total tackles, 5 sacks and 1 fumble recovery. He was released by the Bills at the end of the 2002 season and went on to play 2 last seasons in the NFL, splitting time between the 49er's, the Dolphinsand the Bucs.
A second round draft pick of the Bills in the 2002 draft, Denney was a mainstay on the Bills D (as either the starter, or the top reserve for either DE position) for 8 seasons. So far Denney has played his entire 8 year career with the Bills, playing in 111 games and starting 31 of them. In his time here ha has amassed a total of 296 tackles, 23.5 sacks, 6 forced fumbles, 3 fumble recoveries and 20 passes defended. The Bills let Denney walk at the start of this off season realizing that there was no place for his style of play, or his mediocrity, in the change to the new 3-4. Denney is currently a UFA and is still looking for a new team to play for.
Another second round draft pick, this time in 2003, Kelsey has been the starting Left End for the Bills for the last 6 seasons. While he has been somewhat adequate opposite Aaron Schobel, he has also proven to be incredibly underwhelming as a player. In his 7 seasons with the Bills Kelsey has appeared in 110 games, stating in 88 of them. He has a total of 315 tackles, 22 sacks, 3 Interceptions (including one rather sweet tip and catch for a touchdown against the Cowboys), 5 forced fumbles, 6 fumble recoveries and 16 passes defended. He's currently slated to be our starting Strong Side OLB in the new 3-4... someone help us.
If the re-vote clause wins the vote, I'll put up another DE2 article and re-include Hargrove and Maybin. Alright, have at it folks!
Which Bills DE was the second worst of the decade?
Chidi Ahanotu (50 votes)
Ryan Denney (23 votes)
Chris Kelsay (39 votes)
Re-Vote, I want to include Anthony Hargorve and/or Aaron Maybin in the poll (explain in comments) (19 votes)
131 total votes