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.
With Eddie Robinson and Jay Foreman take to two OLB spots it's time to find out who we'd have playing between them on this team. Now the MLB selection is actually a hard one to make for this team. In between Sam Cowart Pro-Bowl 2000 campaign, London Fletcher's outstanding 5 years with the team and Paul Posluszny's impressive play so far we've actually had very talented MLB's this decade. None the less I still found 3 candidates, all starters, that could take this poll. And even then this list is comprised of 1 ILB that had a career year this decade, 1 rookie that was forced into a starting role because of an injury and a second year UDFA that was forced to start for the same reason. So here's the list:
A 5th round draft pick of the Bills in the 1995 draft, John was the strong side ILB of the Bills last incarnation of the 3-4. He only played one season for the Bills this decade, and it was a decent one too. He gets on the list though by his 2000 campaign not truly measuring up to either Cowart, Fletcher or Poz. In 2000 he played and started in all 16 games. He had 110 total tackles, a career best (told you he still had a good year), and 1 INT. The Bills let him go once they made the move from the 3-4 to the 4-3, realizing that he wasn't a good fit in the new system/. He went on to play in 2 more seasons in the NFL, one in San Diego and one in Atlanta; both times proving why the Bills let him go after the switch to the 4-3.
The 4th round draft pick of the Bills in the 2001 draft, Spoon was forced into the starting MLB role on the Bills when Cowart went down to injury in the first game of the 2001 campaign. Spoon played in 14 games that season, starting all of them. He had 64 total tackles and 2 INT's (both returned for touchdowns). The Bills released Spoon in the pre-season of the 2002 after having signed London Fletcher to be the teams new starter at MLB. Spoon was not signed to any other team, making his 14 games as a Bill his only games in the NFL.
Signed onto the Bills as an undrafted free agent in 2006, John was a very good backup that could have had a good career in Cover 2 systems had his career not been cut short by injuries. He played in 3 seasons for the Bills, his most noteble one was the 2007 campaign where he started 14 games in replacement of an injured Poz. in total in his Bills career DiGi played in 34 games, starting 1 of them. He had 121 total tackles, including a 113 tackle season in 2007. He also had 2 sacks, 1 INT and 2 fumble recoveries. He tore a ligament in his right knee 6 games into the 2008 campaign and never fully recovered. He was waived by the Bills in the 2009 pre-season and recently announced his retirement a few weeks ago.
There it is folks, like I said, we had a lot of good talent at MLB this past decade. Time to have at it, time to vote.