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What are Some of the Biggest Head Scratchers Made by Bills Ownership/FO in Bills History ?

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Since 2000...

Worst pick: Maybin over Orakpo

 

Honorable mentions:

Trade ups for McCargo, Losman, Watkins

MgGahee (inj)

Merriman

 

Best trade down:

2001 - Traded down a couple picks with Tampa Bay and landed Nate Clements.  Then traded down the extra pick and landed Travis Henry - a pick that ended up being quite fruitful - and Brandon Spoon.

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Too many to list, but I haven't seen this one yet: Trading up in the 3rd for Russell Willson TJ Graham, who was graded by most as a 6th-7th round prospect.  "We liked Russell Willson, but not that high."  Ok then.

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Allowing the phone call from the USFL to go thru, which meant the Bills lost out on Jim Kelly at the start of his career.

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4 hours ago, Nihilarian said:

On another note, Ralph Wilson fired Wade Phillips because Wade refused to fire special teams coach who had allowed the music city miracle play. Wilson also never paid Phillips what he was the remainder due on his contract either. 

Not correct. Wade fired long time special teams coach Bruce Dehaven after the Music City Forward Lateral to replace him with Ronnie Jones who had no clue what special teams was. They were horrible under Jones. Remember reading an article mid season that although it was very rare (not so much now, but don’t remember ever seeing mid season assistant coach changes back then), he was so bad should be replaced mid season. Ralph’s reason for firing Wade was he refused to fire Jones after the season. I think we lost at least 3 games specifically due to special teams play that year. Steve Christie later said Jones had no clue what drills to do at practice and players had to tell him what to do. Phillips claimed he thought Ralph was just using Jones as an excuse and would have found a different reason to fire if he had complied. Perhaps correct, but fans would have revolted if Jones was still a coach with the Bills the next season, even if he switched to a defensive assistant as Wade offered.

 

To me the biggest head scratcher in Bills history was letting Chuck Knox walk away. 

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Virtually every draft pick (and GMs and coaches) chosen during the entire decade of the '00s. 

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4 hours ago, Doc Brown said:

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That's classic!

They're brushing out all of the rubber pellets, right?  I've never heard of this happening until now.

Any idea on when this was?

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13 minutes ago, Bad Things said:

That's classic!

They're brushing out all of the rubber pellets, right?  I've never heard of this happening until now.

Any idea on when this was?

I know it was the Steelers game where Bell ran right through our Rex Ryan defense.  2016 maybe?

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8 hours ago, Billy Claude said:

 

While hiring Rex was horrible in hindsight, I think a lot of people thought it was a good hire at the time.   OTOH, drafting Spilled when they had Lynch was met with almost universal puzzlement.

 

I hated the Rex hire from moment dot. I hated it more than the Jauron hire and the Gailey hire. And that says something. 

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33 minutes ago, GunnerBill said:

 

I hated the Rex hire from moment dot. I hated it more than the Jauron hire and the Gailey hire. And that says something. 

 

Certainly some people hated the Rex hire from day one but, in general, it was regarded as a risky but understandable move by both fans and media.  Same with a lot of other things mentioned in this thread such as the Bledsoe trade.

 

To be a true head-scratcher both the media and fans have to be pretty much wtf from the moment it occurred.  After reading this thread I would rank them as follows

 

(1) Johnson over Flutie

(2) Drafting Spiller with Beastmode and Freddy already on the team

(3) Naming Nate Peterman as opening day starter based on one good pre-season game.

(4) Hiring Marv as GM when he was almost 80

(5) Extending Jauron based on a 5-2 start against a bunch of bad teams.

 

If you look back there was a lot of initial support for the other stuff mentioned in the thread.

 

 

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23 minutes ago, Billy Claude said:

 

Certainly some people hated the Rex hire from day one but, in general, it was regarded as a risky but understandable move by both fans and media.  Same with a lot of other things mentioned in this thread such as the Bledsoe trade.

 

To be a true head-scratcher both the media and fans have to be pretty much wtf from the moment it occurred.  After reading this thread I would rank them as follows

 

(1) Johnson over Flutie

(2) Drafting Spiller with Beastmode and Freddy already on the team

(3) Naming Nate Peterman as opening day starter based on one good pre-season game.

(4) Hiring Marv as GM when he was almost 80

(5) Extending Jauron based on a 5-2 start against a bunch of bad teams.

 

If you look back there was a lot of initial support for the other stuff mentioned in the thread.

 

 

 

I hated the Rex hire more than almost all of those. I will give you #3. That made less sense. 

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Back in the day when Chuck Knox was coach, don’t remember who the GM was they drafted Gary Anderson, kicker out of Syracuse and cut him after the preseason when he missed a couple near 50 yard FG’s and kept the incumbent Nick Mickameyer (sp?). The Steelers immediately grabbed him up and Anderson went on to be a perennial All-Pro and one of the best place kickers of all time.

Don’t know why that boneheaded move sticks in my head after all these years, but it does.

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Head Scratcher? I mean it's not as big as some mentioned but giving Chris Kelsey a big deal for being mediocre was very confusing at the time.

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The worst trade ever still has to be trading LaManica and Glenn Bass for Tom Flores and Art Powell. It ended the championship years and why we got OJ.

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9 hours ago, freddyjj said:

Allowing a call from the USFL Houston Gamblers to be put through to Kelly and his agent while they were at OBD negotiating with the Bills in 1983. 

Actually that might have be n the best thing as by not having Kelly it allowed us to to be in  position to draft Bruce and Andre in 1985 and it allowed Kelly to develop in the USFL.

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10 hours ago, Helpmenow said:

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Jeebus!  Will you people capitalize and punctuate?!  😠  I read that and I am thinking “Voortman windmills?  Dad’s Oatmeal?  Oreos?”

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Letting Ron McDole go to the Redskins.

 

Hiring John Rauch.

 

Drafting Al Cowlings so OJ would have a buddy in town.

 

You young-uns should realize this got started a loooong time ago.

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1 hour ago, Bleedbuffaloblue said:

Back in the day when Chuck Knox was coach, don’t remember who the GM was they drafted Gary Anderson, kicker out of Syracuse and cut him after the preseason when he missed a couple near 50 yard FG’s and kept the incumbent Nick Mickameyer (sp?). The Steelers immediately grabbed him up and Anderson went on to be a perennial All-Pro and one of the best place kickers of all time.

Don’t know why that boneheaded move sticks in my head after all these years, but it does.

The real story there is that Anderson didn't want to play for the Bills.  He missed those kicks on purpose, forcing the Bills to cut him.  If there's a boneheaded part on the Bills, it wasn't talking to Anderson before they drafted him, to see what his intentions were.

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Drafting Walt Patulski #1 overall.

Trading Haven Moses to Denver.

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Little Donte

Maybin

Mike Williams

McGahee

Letting Winfield walk

Rex Ryan

Brandon as GM

Marv as GM

2 1sts for Sammy

Overpaying for Star

Extended GMs Donahoe and Whaley

Rob Johnson

Not stopping Kelly in the SB and letting Thurman run

Not extending Jason Peters

Spiller

Extending Fitz

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15 hours ago, frostbitmic said:

 

Hiring WRex Ryan as HC.

 

While I agree on all the others they happened under Ralphs watch.

 

The one I am leaving in the quote is the current regimes sin.

 

The D was just coming into its own under Jimbo Schwartz`s 4-3 Wide 9 scheme and they hire a 3-4 Head Coach and blow it all up.

 

Man was I pissed :(

55 minutes ago, Ridgewaycynic2013 said:

Revamped ‘Billy Buffalo’.

 

Hey we didn`t make the playoffs with `Old Billy`

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