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.
The Worst Coaching Move post was a surprisingly large success and brought out a lot from you guys, and the love for Dougie made me want to reach for a box of Flutie Flakes. But if I'm right, this post should really send you overboard. So without delay, here are what I consider the 6 worst head office moves from the last decade.
Letting Antoine Winfield (2003), Nate Clements (2006) and Jabari Greer (2008) walk away from the Bills
Yes both were asking for huge contracts, and yes they both deserved them in their own way. Yes Winfield lacked in man coverage skills. Ok Clements got way overpaid by the 49'ers. Honestly no excuse for Greer. And I don't think that it would have been a grave error by team to let one or even two of them walk away, after all Terrance McGee was there to take over the number 2 position. Where the Bills errored was by letting all three leave the team. Imagine where our secondary would be with Winfield at SS, Clements and McGee as our starting CB's and Greer as our nickle back. Not to mention that we could have spent the Whitner and McKelvin picks on other players.
Releasing Drew Bledsoe in favor of J.P. Losman (2005)
Bledsoe may not have been Jim Kelly, or even Doug Flutie, but he was a heck of a lot better than Loseman. Bledsoe went on to have relative success for the Cowboys, Losman lost his starting job to journey man Kelly Holcomb mid-way threw the season. I'm not saying that this moue should not have been made eventually, I'm just saying that it was done about a season too early. I think that if J.P. could have had one more year on the bench to develop he may have been a much different quarterback than the one we witnessed playing for the Bills.
Releasing Pat Williams (2005)
The though at the time was that Pat was starting to go downhill and wouldn't ever be quite the same dominating player that the team had previously witnessed playing on their line. Man were they ever wrong. Williams has been in 3 Pro-Bowls since being released by the Bills and has been part of the leagues best DT duo for the last 5 seasons while playing along side Kevin Williams in Minnesota.
Hiring Marv Levy as General Manager (2006)
Marv may have been the best Head Coach in Bills history, heck he may even have been one of the best Head Coaches in NFL history, but man was he ever a horrible GM. Responsible (either in part or in full) for many Bills blunders, such as hiring Dick Jauron, drafting Donte Whitner 8th overall and signing Derrick Dockery to an absurdly large contract, Levy was just plain horrible as a GM.
Dick Jauron (2006-2009)
Trading away Jason Peters (2009)
I debated whether or not to include this one on the list since Peters forced his way out of Buffalo, and because the Bills effectively got Eric Wood and gained the flexibility to trade up for Andy Levitre out of the trade. That being said losing Peters did send our O-Line back in a HUGE way. For that, this trade made the list.
So there you have it, my top six worst head office moves of the last decade. And as with the previous post, I'll give you guys the option to voice your opinion if I missed anything. Have at it folks!