About a three months 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's series 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.
We were a little bit more talented on SS than we were on FS, with the likes of Lawyer Milloy and Donte Whitner maning this post for 6 out of 10 years this decade. But with FS is done and with Travares Tillman as the "winner" let's see who we can line up beside him in the land of suck.
This undrafted free agent signed on with the Bills in 2000 and played with the team for 2 years. In that time he played in 31 games and started a surprisingly high 13 of them; all in 2001 in replacement of Henry Jones who left for the Vikings via free agency. In his time with the Bills Hill recorded 52 total tackles, no interceptions, no sacks, 3 passes defended, 2 forced fumbles and 1 fumble recovery. The Bills waived him at the end of the 2001 season and he wasn't picked up by any other team, marking the end of his NFL career.
The Bills 3rd round draft pick in 2002, Wire spent 6 long years in Buffalo, mostly as a backup and special teamer. He played in 80 games for the Bills, starting 21 of them; including all 16 games during his rookie season in replacement of Hill. In his time with the Bills he recorded 187 tackles, no interceptions, 5 sacks, 3 passes defended, 1 forced fumble and 1 fumble recovery. His horrible play as a rookie made the team even more eager to sign Lawyer Milloy the second he was released by the Pats in 2003. Wire would go on to drop farther and farther down the depth chart in Buffalo until he was mainly a special teamer when the team released him in 2007. He has now spent 2 seasons in Atlanta as the Falcons' backup at the strong side OLB position.
Another undrafted free agent, Backer spent 2 seasons in Buffalo(2004-2005). He spent time as a backup for both FS and SS in those two seasons, but for the sake of argument, I'm putting him in the SS poll, but it should be noted that he played just about as much time on special teams. He played in 28 games , starting 3 of them in 2004. He amassed 41 total tackles, 2 interceptions, 1 sack, 4 passes defended, and 1 forced fumble. The Bills waived him at the end of the 2005 season and he was picked up by the Vikings. Since the he split the 2006 seasons with the Vikings and Pats, spent 2007 with the Pats and 2008 with the Raiders,
A 6th round pick of the Bills in the 2007 draft, Wendling has managed to stick around the Bills roster mostly as a backup and special teamer. He has spent 3 seasons with the Bills, playing in 46 games and starting none of them. He has 21 total tackles, 1 interception, 1 pass defended and 1 fumble recovery in that time. He remains on the roster as of this moment, but is in no way a lock to still be on the team by the start of the season.
Omissions: Donte Whitner, while Donte has been a disapointement for the 8th overall draft pick, he is in no way a bad SS either. And in my mind he does not belong on this list. He is what he is folks, get used to it. Bryan Scott, no way I was going to include him after the season he had last year for us. George Wilson, see Bryan Scott.
Well there you have it folks, I had to dig a little bit deeper than I'm used to for this poll, but I like to bring you at least 4 options per poll. It's up to you guys to decide if a player is worthy to be the worst or not. So have at it folks, go vote!
Which Bills SS has been the worst of the decade?
Raion Hill (49 votes)
Coy Wire (60 votes)
Rashad Baker (11 votes)
John Wendling (8 votes)
128 total votes