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

    Quote Originally Posted by Mace View Post
    Hank Bullough. Great defensive mind. Genuinely lost as an HC and in general. RIP.
    yeah, its amazing that as much of a buffoon as he was in Buffalo...the Fairbanks-BULLOUGH defense is still in wide use today, particularly by the Pats.

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

    PS: The worst single game blunder goes to Gregg Williams & his staff. In a game vs Houston on 11/16/03, Houston had the ball with a 12-8 lead in the final minutes. The Bills got called for a penalty and someone on the sidelines accepted the penalty. Meanwhile on the field, London Fletcher was going crazy waving his hands to decline the penalty. See, London knew something Gregg & his staff couldn't figure out-by accepting the penalty Houston had gained a down that would be enough to run the clock out with the Bills never getting a shot at getting their offense back on the field. Houston used every second on the clock & went backwards on the final play using up the clock which resulted in a safety & a 12-10 Bills loss.

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

    This is a pretty long and indistinguished list.

    I think Rex was on par with how John Rauch was described by players. Rauch was described by players as someone who came in and changed things for the sake of changing things and became defensive when players protested.

    Unlike some others, Rex was actually handed a pretty good team and a pretty good defense..but since he only knew how to coach one type of D, he changed it..and the results were horrible.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Cody View Post
    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
    Did you ever hear him talk? If you can remember that far back, you'd retract your last statement.

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

    I merged these, as the one got posted and I forgot the poll.

    Sorry.

    And I voted for Hank.

    He was pathetic.

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

    Although I despised Man-boobs.

    He was an asshat in Buffalo, and just got worse over the years.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by OpIv37 View Post
    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.
    I'll take Jauron. Probably the best leader of men, and not so different from Frazier/McD if the team hadn't drafted so poorly for offense (i.e drafting Losman instead of Rodgers the year after).
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    Re: In retrospect, Who was the worst Head Coach in Bills History?

    I read too quickly, I thought is said Marrone instead of Malarky. Came in with the saviour attitude and was brutal. Seemed over his head everywhere and didn't have a plan on what he wanted to do. Then he just bailed

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Oaf View Post
    I'll take Jauron. Probably the best leader of men, and not so different from Frazier/McD if the team hadn't drafted so poorly for offense (i.e drafting Losman instead of Rodgers the year after).
    yeah he was my second choice for "least awful." I thought his cover 2 D was wrong for the personnel we had and the dated Tampa 2 that everyone had figured out but he did quite well with it.

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

    Did anybody say Chuck Knox?

    J/K but he did leave the job unfinished.




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

    Not fair.

    I could only vote for 1, instead of 8.
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    Re: In retrospect, Who was the worst Bills Head Coach in Modern History?

    Quote Originally Posted by OpIv37 View Post
    yeah he was my second choice for "least awful." I thought his cover 2 D was wrong for the personnel we had and the dated Tampa 2 that everyone had figured out but he did quite well with it.
    Nightmares of Keith Ellison though, and generally, terms like "undersized" and "high-motor".

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

    In my adult life-time? Rex Ryan.

    Granted, we may have needed the high profile in the early Pegula days. And i still like Rex Ryan.

    Still, i've never seen a more unhinged team in my life. Rex built a bully alright. A bully with zero focus or direction. It was a disaster.

    The one moment i'll always remember Rex for was our first match against New England in Buffalo.

    Aaron Williams (love you bro) was completely out of control. The entire team was. Zero discipline. The inmates were running the asylum.

    Dick Jauron gets runner up for the time i spent watching this team. I could be very wrong, but my perspective is basically the mid 90s and on. Before then i didn't know what a holding penalty was yet.
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    Re: In retrospect, Who was the worst Head Coach in Bills History?

    Rex. Destroyed a really good defense because it wasn't his. Bad at player development. Bad at hiring staff. Zero direction. Zero discipline. Team regressed quickly. Bullough inherited a really bad team and then lost the locker room. Three straight years of 2 wins or less will do that. Kay Stephenson was just as bad. Bullough also had a hand in drafting 2 HOF'ers in a single draft (Bruce and Andre).

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

    Rex was disapointing but he isnt the worst HC in bills history.. he won as many games as Marrone did and won more than Mularkley and won more games than Williams last 2 years in Buffalo... And was Rex any worse than Chan Gailey.... Rex is a victim of recency bias.. Hank Bullough is the worst....

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Jimkelly12203 View Post
    In my adult life-time? Rex Ryan.

    Granted, we may have needed the high profile in the early Pegula days. And i still like Rex Ryan.

    Still, i've never seen a more unhinged team in my life. Rex built a bully alright. A bully with zero focus or direction. It was a disaster.

    The one moment i'll always remember Rex for was our first match against New England in Buffalo.

    Aaron Williams (love you bro) was completely out of control. The entire team was. Zero discipline. The inmates were running the asylum.

    Dick Jauron gets runner up for the time i spent watching this team. I could be very wrong, but my perspective is basically the mid 90s and on. Before then i didn't know what a holding penalty was yet.


    This was awesome.

    I still hated that Rex dismantled that amazing 2014 defense, never admitted he was wrong to do it, and that we picked him over Frank Reich who very likely would've kept Schwartz on.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Historian View Post
    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 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.
    Marone or Mularkey.

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

    Marv Levy...had Super Bowl winning talent....lost 4 Super Bowls.

    31-42 record before the Bills.
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    Re: In retrospect, Who was the worst Head Coach in Bills History?

    Quote Originally Posted by Oaf View Post


    This was awesome.

    I still hated that Rex dismantled that amazing 2014 defense, never admitted he was wrong to do it, and that we picked him over Frank Reich who very likely would've kept Schwartz on.
    Hmm... memory servers me poorly (not surprising). What was the game we blew that we really needed. v. NE, at home and the team kind of just spun out of control. I could swear that was the first Rex game v. NE.

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