At the beginning of May 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.
Okay I know that i said that there would only be 5 posts before I went onto the Worst Bill of the Decade pool, but due to popular demand (in comments and via received e-mails) I've decided to include 3 other additional posts: Worst Front Office Member, Worst Play of the Decade and Most Hated Bill. Then I'll go on to Worst Player of the Decade, and the wrap up conclusion. I promise, no more post that the ones I've listed here. I've enjoyed writing these but even my stomach can only take so much puking before I have to wrap up this series.
Okay so for today's post we have the 5 worst members of the Bills Front Office over the last decade. These are the men that are responsible for making the Bills the team they are today. I'm just thankful that only one of the 5 is still employed by the Bills today. But as Jason From Ohio would probably tell you, that one guy is still one guy too much. You`ll find another member that still involved with the team, but he`s a little hard to get rid of...
Anyways, here goes....
Selected to replace John Butler as the Bills GM and also took over as team president, replacing owner Ralph Wilson. In his 5 years as GM of this team the Bills had both the best record (9-7 in 2005) of the decade and the worst record of the decade (3-13 in 2001). Donahoe can also be credited for hiring (and firing) Gregg Williams, as well as hiring Mike Mularkey. It's also under Donahoe that the team switched from the long standing 3-4 defense to the 4-3 D that we've seen for the last 9 years. He did pull off a few good moves for the team though, trading for Drew Bledsoe and signing Patriot's castoff Lawyer Milloy. He was however also responsible for drafting one of the biggest flops of all time in Mike Williams and the release of Pat Williams. He was fired after the end of the 2005 season, having only had 1 winning season in his 5 seasons as Bills GM.
Brought in with Donahoe as the team's Director of Pro-Personnel, Guy was only recently fired this past January. Guy became a whipping boy for Bills fan and was largely blamed for the team's inability to properly scout player, to sign good free agents and even to hire good personnel (just about the only one that is truly valid). To think that this man was considered for GM before we promoted Buddy Nix to the position is almost enough to drive a man insane.
Another member of the front office that was brought in under Donahoe, Modrak has held many different positions with the team over the decade and is currently employed as the Bills Assistant GM of the Bills. In the same situation as John Guy, Modrak has been a whipping boy of the fan base for moves that can both be related to him and moves that were entirely out of his control.
Let's get this strait, I will always love Levy for being the best head coach that the Bills ever had. But he's also one of the worst GM's that the Bills ever had. His short 2 year run as Bills GM saw the resignation of Mike Mularkey, the hiring of Dick Jauron as head coach, the adoption of the Cover 2 D, the drafting of Donte Whitner at 8th overall, the drafting of John McCargo in the first round. Levy just plained sucked as a GM and probably slowed the team's development down by 5 years.
Ralph Wilson Jr.
Just like Levy, I will ALWAYS love Ralphy for bringing the Bills to Buffalo and for being the HOF owner that he is. That being said, his decisions regarding the team have been puzzling over the last decade. His decision to hire Donahoe and then make him both GM and Team President was obviously a very large mistake; one that he didn't make twice when he re-took the reigns as President after firing Donahoe. But hiring Levy as GM can definitely be classified as a senior moment, which was followed by another senior moment known as the "inner Circle." But perhaps the largest reason why he's on this list is the failure to create a proper succession plan for the Bills once he passes away. If that lack of a succession plan leads to the Bills moving away from Buffalo I'm not sure if I could ever forgive him.
Well there you have it, the worst 5 members of the Bills front office over the last decade. Now I got to get back to practicing Stone Cold Crazy on my guitar, because that's what I have to be for keeping this series alive for this long!