The Bills have had their share of strange but true incidents over the years, from quarterback controversies to assistant coaches fighting to Billy Joe Hobert admitting he didn’t study he playbook. It took another turn Tuesday when the mother of LeSean McCoy's son filed court papers claiming he beat the child, a charge he denied.
Every NFL team has had their share of problems over the years, but it made us wonder after the Bills were outscored, 78-23, during their 0-2 start: What are the Bills-iest moments regarding the Bills since they last made the playoffs, snapping a 17-year postseason drought?
It wasn’t easy, but just for fun Wednesday we pared it down to our Top 10 during the “Bucky & Sully Show” on 1270 The Fan. Feel free to add your own in the comments section at the bottom.
10 Former Bills linebacker Preston Brown, who was drafted in the third round when Doug Marrone was the head coach, told ESPN this week, in the wake of the Buffalo’s 31-20 loss to the Chargers: “I’m glad I’m not on that team. There’s some weird stuff going on up there.”
9 The Bills traded a seventh-round pick for Browns receiver Corey Coleman, a former first-round pick looking to resurrect his career. Coleman was with the team for about 20 minutes – OK a few uneventful weeks – before being sent on his way.
8 Buffalo signed sign AJ McCarron to a two-year, $10 million contract with the idea he would compete for the No. 1 quarterback job. He was outplayed by Nathan Peterman before he was injured. He returned for the preseason finale and was promptly traded to Raiders, adding another $2.1 million in dead cap money.
7 Peterman won the quarterback competition with his play in the preseason, when he was 33 of 41 for 431 yards and three touchdowns before falling on his face in the season opener. Peterman was pulled early in the third quarter after completing 5 of 18 passes with two interceptions and a Blutarsky quarterback rating of 0.0 - zero-point-zero - in a 47-3 blowout loss to the Ravens.
6 The Bills fire defensive backs coach Gil Byrd in January after presiding over their best unit in a year in which they made the playoffs. The secondary has since spiraled down the rankings after giving up six TD passes in the first two weeks.
5 Richie Incognito was one of the NFL’s top offensive linemen last season while playing left guard for the Bills. Incognito was accused to making racist remarks on the field in the playoff game against Jacksonville. The Bills’ response to him making the Pro Bowl was demanding that he take a pay cut, which led Incognito to claim he was retiring for health reasons – only to request his release in an effort to sign with another team.
4 Eric Wood called a news conference to announce his retirement but showed up 56 minutes late and refused to use the word “retire” after speaking his agent. Former and current teammates and others in the organization showed up to celebrate his career and listened to him read a vague statement, take no questions and exit the stage.
3 Zay Jones was arrested in Los Angeles after a fighting with his brother while naked. Police showed up and found his blood spattered on the walls of an apartment in what a woman said looked like a “murder scene.” is fighting naked with his brother in what a woman at the scene claimed looked like a murder scene.
2 Team President Russ Brandon was a close confidante of Hall of Fame owner Ralph C. Wilson Jr., and remained in power after Terry and Kim Pegula purchased the Bills. He was promoted to president of both organizations before resigning amid allegations he had an affair with a woman on his staff.
1 Vontae Davis was signed to a one-year contract worth $5 million with hopes he would shore up the secondary after the Bills allowed E.J. Gaines to become a free agent. Davis struggled in training camp and was a healthy scratch for the opener before starting the second game. He quit the team and retired at halftime, turning himself into a national punch line and contributing to the Bills becoming a laughingstock.
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