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I'm only 33 so I can't really name anything before I was born as far as what the worst things this franchise did were but one of the things that sticks out to me since I've been a fan whch has been since I was 6 (the year we went to the 3rd Super Bowl against Dallas) was the hiring of Dick Jauron as head coach. That was something I never understood. As bad as the Rex Ryan hire was, Dick Jauron for me was ridiculously stupid. 

 

Keeping and starting Rob Johnson over Flutie is another thing that I think was the worst. 

 

I also will never understand the trade up for Sammy Watkins either when we could have had Khalil Mack who was right in our own back yard. 

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On 2/9/2020 at 6:44 PM, AlCowlingsTaxiService said:

Don’t you dare bring up missed draft opportunities .... that will lead to more “We coulda had mahomes”

Welllllll, we coulda, though that year I wanted Watson.

 

The best goalie in the league plus Allen plus Edmunds I believe will equal out.

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I think it started in the very FIRST SEASON.  They hired the very incompetent Buster Ramsey to be Head Coach (he lasted 2 years) and made Richie Lucas of Penn State their #1 pick in the draft.  He was a total flop at QB, running back and in a desperation move at DB.  It set the tone for the franchise!

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20 hours ago, LB48 said:

I think it started in the very FIRST SEASON.  They hired the very incompetent Buster Ramsey to be Head Coach (he lasted 2 years) and made Richie Lucas of Penn State their #1 pick in the draft.  He was a total flop at QB, running back and in a desperation move at DB.  It set the tone for the franchise!

 

 

That was the last QB that Ralph ever selected with his first pick in round one...............must have spooked him.

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On 2/9/2020 at 9:51 PM, Nihilarian said:

Most of this is correct. However, here's the thing. Ralph might have spent a few bucks to hire Tom Donahoe and promoted him to team president while Wilson left that job to supposedly retire. Ralph Wilson was so very "hands on" as an owner that he simply couldn't step away for very long IMO. 

 

To give you an idea of how hands on this owner was, he was in the draft room advising selections on who to draft over the years. Hence all the RB's and DB's and few QB's and O linemen. Wilson was also noted to be on the phone from Detroit with HC Dick Jauron a few hours a day during the season. Buffalo had difficulty in finding a decent head coach because most knew how cantankerous and frugal he was. Even then when Buddy Nix wanted to hire Marty Schottenheimer as HC before he hired Chan Gailey, Wilson said no. 

 

Ralph Wilson was very frugal with the Buffalo Bills because he wasn't a billionaire like some are today and he came very close to being forced to sell part or all of "his" team on several occasions . His team needed to make a profit each and every season as this forced his hands with a lot of issues. 

 

On the contrary of being a "hot candidate", Donahoe was the "director of football operations" for the Pittsburgh Steelers and subsequently fired by the Steelers after he lost a power struggle with then HC Bill Cowher. 

Now, most owners who hire an outside team president to run their team usually will rehire a new president instead of taking over control of the team again, not this owner. 

 

As for Marv, Levy returned to the Buffalo Bills in thinking that he would be their head coach again. Only after he was hired and settled in Ralph Wilson made it clear that his new duties were to be GM only. Levy made the choice for hiring Dick Jauron and helped him pick his staff. They hired the St Louis Rams OC in Steve Fairchild who didn't call the plays for the Rams as HC Mike Martz did that job.

 

The Tampa two defense was a hot commodity at that time in the league and about the only reasoning I can think of as to why Levy chose Jauron as HC. He made it clear it came down to Jauron and ex Packer HC Mike Sherman for the Bills HCing job.  Levy mentioned in the media that Sherman "knocked his socks off" in his interview. Puzzling outcome to be sure. 

 

When it came to the draft, Levy knew he was in over his head as a talent evaluator so he went with a consensus of himself, Jauron and the scouting staff. It looked like Jauron made the calls after all, Aaron Maybin... There are reasons as to why the Bills drafted OG Andy Levitre and OC Eric Wood as Jauron watched in horror as the Bills O line attempted to triple team Jets NT Kris Jenkins and he still got to the QB. 

 

As for Donte Whitner, the Bills were desperate for a safety as Levy had just gotten rid of a player who he deemed as low in character in SS Lawyer Milloy. They drafted for a need and with nobody in the FO knowing what they were doing they also traded up to draft DT John McCargo. For some unknown reason Levy stated he thought McCargo was a big reason as to why Mario Williams was so good at NC state. 

 

As bad as the decision to hire ex Bills HC Marv Levy was I think it was far a worse decision to replace him with pseudo GM Russ Brandon and even worse was when Brandon took over as team president.

 

2000-2017...woof

 

 

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.  

 

Bruce DeHaven was the special teams coach for the Music City Miracle. Wade fired him over it and hired Ronnie Jones. The Bills ST unit in 2000 was so god awful that Ralph wanted Jones gone and Wade refused. Ultimately I think Wade sued over the remainder of his contract and won.

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1 hour ago, holla83 said:

Bruce DeHaven was the special teams coach for the Music City Miracle. Wade fired him over it and hired Ronnie Jones. The Bills ST unit in 2000 was so god awful that Ralph wanted Jones gone and Wade refused. Ultimately I think Wade sued over the remainder of his contract and won.

From what I can recall the Bills were ordered to pay Phillips by the NFL and yet Wilson still refused to pay him. Not long ago Wade was asked about it and stated he was never paid by the Buffalo Bills for the remainder of his contact. I do believe that Phillips threatened to sue, but never did. 

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On 2/12/2020 at 7:13 PM, Buffalo03 said:

I'm only 33 so I can't really name anything before I was born as far as what the worst things this franchise did were but one of the things that sticks out to me since I've been a fan whch has been since I was 6 (the year we went to the 3rd Super Bowl against Dallas) was the hiring of Dick Jauron as head coach. That was something I never understood. As bad as the Rex Ryan hire was, Dick Jauron for me was ridiculously stupid. 

 

Keeping and starting Rob Johnson over Flutie is another thing that I think was the worst. 

 

I also will never understand the trade up for Sammy Watkins either when we could have had Khalil Mack who was right in our own back yard. 

 

Dick led the Bears to a 13-3 fluke season and dined on it to his Bill appointment.

 

Bears did the same in 2018 with a 12-4 fluke season, for which people will dine off it for the rest of their career.

 

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The marshawn lynch trade comes to mind.  I know he was not without his issues here, but it felt like a bills crusade to slander him as much as possible on his way out. 

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