About a month and a half 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.
It can be argued that a team's offensive abilities are only as good as its offensive line. And each offensive line's abilities are limited to the talents of its offensive tackle. Iff all of this holds true, then it could definitelybe one way to explain the Bills offensive woes over the last decade. Let's be honest folks, we've only had one OT really worthmentioning over the last decade, and he forced himself off the team after the 2008 season. The rest were just different degree of bad, with one flat out horrible draft pick.
Drafted by the Bills in the third round of the 2001 draft, Jenningplayed 4 seasons for the Bills. He played his rookie season at RT and his remaining 3 at LT. He played in 52 games for the Bills, starting all of them.Jennings did have some good moments for the Bills, but remained average at best. In his 4 seasons with the team the Bills the team rushed for between 1,596 and 1,874 yards and gave up 38 to 54 sacks.
Drafted 4th overall by the Bills in the 2002 draft Williams is the epitome of a waisted draft pick. He was drafted to be the Bills LT for the next decade, but never actually played the position and was released by the team after 4 truly horrible seasons at RT. Williams played 51 games for the Bills, starting 47 of them. In the 3 seasons where Williams was a starter for the Bills the team rushed for between 1,596 and 1,874 yards and gave up 54, 51 and 38 sacks, in that order. That 54 sacks allowed 2002 season was a decade high for the Bills. Williams was benched 5 games into the 2005 season in favor of a young promising OT by the name of Jason Peters.
Gandy played 2 seasons for the Bills (2005 and 2006). He played in 32 games for the Bills, starting all of them. But only 21 of those games were played at LT, as Gandy was moved inside to LG in favor of Jason Peters in the 2006 season. In his two seasons with the Bills the team had 1607 and 1552 rushing yards and allowed 43 and 47 sacks respectively.
Arguably the Bills best RT of he decade, Walker was signed away from the Raiders in the 2006-2007 off-season. He played during 2 seasons for the Bills, starting all 32 games mostly at RT, although he did start a few games at LT relievingan injured Jason Peters. During his time with the Bills the team rushed for 1800 and 1842 yards and allowed only 26 and 38 sacks respectively. That 26 sacks allowed 2007 season was a decade low for the Bills. Walker was released by the Bills in the pre-season of the 2009 season in what will remain one of the biggest bonehead moves of the Jauron era.
Chambers was signed as a street free agent in 2007 after playing two season with the Browns in 2004 and 2005. Yes that means that he did not play in the 2006 season. Chambers has arguably been the teams most reliable sub at OT for the Bills this decade, but has proven time and time again that he is not a player that you want starting games for the Bills. In his 3 seasons (so far) for the Bills Chambers has played in 46 games, starting 14 of them, playing mostly at RT but also spending some tine at RG and LG. In his seasons for the Bills the team has had between 1800 and 1867 yards rushing and has allowed between 26 and 46 sacks.
There you have it folk, the most "memorable" OT's of the last decade. Let us hope that the next one looks nothing like the previous one.