About a two and a half 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.Alright, time to expand the LB corps. Eddie Robinson won the first spot, let's see who gets the second. Oh I also removed the two players with the least amount of votes (Kawika Mitchell and Angelo Crowell) to trim the list down to a more reasonable, and less productive, number.
A Bills second round pick in the 1994 draft, Rogers was approaching the end of his career by the 2000 season =, his last with the Bills. Rogers still had a decent campaign in 2000, playing and starting in 11 games. He amassed 40 total tackles, his lowest total since his rookie season, with 5 sacks, 1 INT, 3 forced fumbles and 1 fumble recovery. The Bills released him in the 2000-2001 off season when they made the switch to the 4-3.
Refraining from the Seinfeld jokes, this Newman was a 4thround draft pick of the Bills in 1999. He spent time in both the 3-4 and the 4-3 for the Bills, becoming a starter during the 2000 season, the last in the 3-4. in his 3 season with the Bills this decade (2000-2002) he played in 48 games, starting 42 of them. He had a total of 180 tackles in those 3 seasons, to go along with 14.5 sacks, 6 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries, 1 which he lost in a fumble, and 10 passes batted down. The Bills let him go in 2002 in favor of Jeff Posey as the strong side LB.
The 5th round pick of the Bills in the 1999 draft, Forman played in 2 seasons for the Bills this decade, one as a starter (2001) opposite Newman. He played in 31 games for the Bills this decade, staring 19 of them. He recorded 152 total tackles, with 2.5 sacks, 2 forced fumbles and 2 fumble recoveries. The Bills released him at the end of the 2001 season. He went on to play in 5 more seasons in the NFL, 3 decent years at ILB for the expansion Texans, 1 for the Giants and 1 for the 49'ers.
The third member in what was the Bills best linebacking corps of the decade, the Bills signed Posey off of the Texans roster in the 2002-2003 off season. While still being good for the Bills, Posey was obviously the least talented out of the starters he played with, London Fletcher and All-Pro Takeo Spikes. Yet he was still productive. In his 3 seasons with the Bills Posey played in 48 games, starting 46 of them. He amassed, 191 total tackles, 9.5 sacks, 1 INT, 5 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries and 5 passes defended. The Bills let Posey walk away after the 2005 campaign with the emergence of Angelo Crowell as a starter. He went on to play 1 final season with the Redskins before retiring.
A sixthround draft pick of the 2006 draft, Keith has spent the last 4 seasons slowly developing into a top reserve and sometime starter for the Bills at all 3 linbacking positions. While he has proved to be an adequate LB, he has also proven to not be someone that we should want as a starter, his best role with the Bills should have remained as a reserve. In his 4 season in Buffalo he has played in 50 games and started 38 of them, mostly as an injury replacement. He has accumulated 239 total tackles, 2 sacks, 2 INTs, 2 fumble recoveries and 11 passes defended in his time here so far. While Ellison's build and playing style are much more suited to the Cover 2 system that the Bills have just abandoned, he is making the transition to 3-4 ILB in the hopes to pick up the Nickle ILBslot on the team. He chances of remaining with the team are still very low though.
Alright, time to vote for the second OLB.
Which Bills OLB was the second worst of the decade?
Sam Rogers (4 votes)
Keith Newman (17 votes)
Jay Foreman (29 votes)
Jeff Posey (21 votes)
Keith Ellison (20 votes)
91 total votes