View Poll Results: Who was the worst Billls Coach in the Modern Era?

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  • John Rauch

    1 2.94%
  • Jim Ringo

    0 0%
  • Kay Stevenson

    3 8.82%
  • Hank Bullough

    10 29.41%
  • Wade Phillips

    0 0%
  • Gregg Williams

    2 5.88%
  • Mike Mularkey

    2 5.88%
  • Dick Jauron

    3 8.82%
  • Chan Gailey

    0 0%
  • Rex Ryan

    13 38.24%
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Thread: In retrospect, Who was the worst Head Coach in Bills History?

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    In retrospect, Who was the worst Head Coach in Bills History?

    Please explain your selection.

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    In retrospect, Who was the worst Bills Head Coach in Modern History?

    Please explain your selection.
    I left Harvey Johnson off the list as he was not really a Coach per se.
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    Re: In retrospect, Who was the worst Head Coach in Bills History?

    Hard question! I honestly don't know. There are so many possibilities, like Hank Bullough, Kaye Stehenson and Harvey Johnson among others, If you go by wins and losses, it might be Harvey Johnson, but people might give him a pass because he really was only an interim head coach (on 2 different occasions) and in both cases he inherited really bad teams. Jim Ringo had the next worst record among Bills head coaches, but I guess my vote would go to Hank Bullough, third worst by record, but comments by players after his departure suggest he had no idea how to relate to players.
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    Re: In retrospect, Who was the worst Bills Head Coach in Modern History?

    I'm too young to remember anyone on that list before Wade, and I don't consider Wade a bad coach.

    But everyone on that list after Wade was such a **** show that it's hard to choose. Man Boobs was clueless on offense, Mularkey was just clueless overall, Jauron let the inmates run the asylum, Gailey was a dinosaur, and Wrecks is the prototypical bully who cries the second someone hits back.

    I mean, McDermott made the playoffs twice in 2 years, which is two more than all those asshats combined. He could go 0-16 this season and get fired and he'd still be a far better coach than any of them.

    I think I've gotta go with Wrecks though. Those other guys all had plans- they didn't work, but at least they had thought things out. Wrecks just bullied through.

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    Re: In retrospect, Who was the worst Head Coach in Bills History?

    I picked Hank” Bullough. If you read Fred Smerlas's book "By a Nose" he talks about before a game down in Tampa that the rumor was if the Bills lost that game Bullough would be fired. Brue Smith walked in to the first defensive huddle of the game and said any one of you MFer makes a tackle today I'll kick their ass. If players hate a coach that much he has to be bad.
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    Re: In retrospect, Who was the worst Head Coach in Bills History?

    Quote Originally Posted by TigerJ View Post
    Hard question! I honestly don't know. There are so many possibilities, like Hank Bullough, Kaye Stehenson and Harvey Johnson among others, If you go by wins and losses, it might be Harvey Johnson, but people might give him a pass because he really was only an interim head coach (on 2 different occasions) and in both cases he inherited really bad teams. Jim Ringo had the next worst record among Bills head coaches, but I guess my vote would go to Hank Bullough, third worst by record, but comments by players after his departure suggest he had no idea how to relate to players.
    TigerJ, he might be the hands down winner here.

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    Re: In retrospect, Who was the worst Bills Head Coach in Modern History?

    Hank Bullough with a honorable mention to Rauch, who had the brilliant idea to use OJ Simpson as a "decoy".

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    Re: In retrospect, Who was the worst Head Coach in Bills History?

    TigerJ and kgun12 say it well enough for all of us or at least it should be.

    To the above mentioned fans I for one agree 100% with your posts.

    Those were the 3 that came to mind immediately for me.




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    Re: In retrospect, Who was the worst Head Coach in Bills History?

    Merge the two threads Historian!

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    Re: In retrospect, Who was the worst Head Coach in Bills History?

    I think Hank Bullough gets a bum rap. The guy had a brilliant mind for defense and had a great career as a DC. Maybe not a good HC but the guy was no dummy

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    Re: In retrospect, Who was the worst Head Coach in Bills History?

    I pick Kay Stephenson for his jacket. Buttoned up tight even at 90 degrees.

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    Re: In retrospect, Who was the worst Bills Head Coach in Modern History?

    Hank Bullough. Great defensive mind. Genuinely lost as an HC and in general. RIP.
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    Re: In retrospect, Who was the worst Bills Head Coach in Modern History?

    Quote Originally Posted by OpIv37 View Post
    I'm too young to remember anyone on that list before Wade, and I don't consider Wade a bad coach.

    But everyone on that list after Wade was such a **** show that it's hard to choose. Man Boobs was clueless on offense, Mularkey was just clueless overall, Jauron let the inmates run the asylum, Gailey was a dinosaur, and Wrecks is the prototypical bully who cries the second someone hits back.

    I mean, McDermott made the playoffs twice in 2 years, which is two more than all those asshats combined. He could go 0-16 this season and get fired and he'd still be a far better coach than any of them.

    I think I've gotta go with Wrecks though. Those other guys all had plans- they didn't work, but at least they had thought things out. Wrecks just bullied through.
    In a twist of the OP, who was the best coach of the drought? Cannot choose Wade or McD because they made the playoffs with the team.
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    Re: In retrospect, Who was the worst Bills Head Coach in Modern History?

    Quote Originally Posted by Oaf View Post
    In a twist of the OP, who was the best coach of the drought? Cannot choose Wade or McD because they made the playoffs with the team.
    Ouch that's tough. If I were forced to choose one I'd probably go with Man Boobs. His D and S/T units were dominant- just could never get the O figured out.

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    Re: In retrospect, Who was the worst Head Coach in Bills History?

    Hank B for sure.

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    Re: In retrospect, Who was the worst Bills Head Coach in Modern History?

    Rex Ryan was a total JO.

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    Re: In retrospect, Who was the worst Bills Head Coach in Modern History?

    Record wise, I have no idea.

    That being said, Rex Ryan was a complete and utter buffoon. He should never get a head coaching job in the NFL again after that train wreck.

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    Re: In retrospect, Who was the worst Bills Head Coach in Modern History?

    Rex was crap.

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    Rex, just ****ing barking.
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    Re: In retrospect, Who was the worst Bills Head Coach in Modern History?

    Hank Bullough-over his head from day 1. Probably the coach most hated by the players. After the 1985 season, I said fire him now, he's not a head coach. The story as told by Fred Smerlas was that the players smelled Hank's blood leading up to the game that he got fired after and in the huddle Bruce Smith said he'd kill anyone who made a tackle. The irony with Hank's firing was that from the day Polian was named GM, it was only a matter of time before Hank would be fired & replaced by Marv.

    Hank used to have a Monday evening show with John Murphy to discuss that week's game the day after. It produced the best call I've ever heard. Someone called in and said to Hank "If you're the doctor of defense, you should be sued for malpractice" Murph basically told the caller the show was not designed to harass the coach & cut short the call.

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