Buffalo Bills: Joe Ferguson named in special QB power rankings

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Former Buffalo Bills starting quarterback Joe Ferguson was named in a set of power rankings looking at a different set of criteria than most.

Most of the power rankings we have looked at this offseason have the common theme of not ranking the Buffalo Bills near the top. From the team as a whole on down to the coaches and players, it has been a lot of negativity.

But a recent set of rankings on NFL Mocks took a new twist, with only a slight amount of negativity.

The site recently posted a list of each NFL team’s biggest quarterback tease in franchise history, or rather the one player who showed flashes of success but never led the team to greatness. For the Bills, the man selected was Joe Ferguson.

Ferguson started for the Bills from 1973-1984, leading the team to the postseason in 1974, 1980 and 1981. The problem was the team only won a single playoff game with him under center.

It is hard to imagine a player in today’s game holding down a starting job for so long without much playoff success, although names like Carson Palmer and Jay Cutler come to mind as examples. Good enough to make it to the postseason several times but not good enough to have a heroic, franchise-changing performance.

Ferguson leaving the Bills cleared the way for Jim Kelly to come in and we all know how that went. To be fair, Kelly was playing with some legends around him as well.

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Ferguson is a player that older Bills fans will remember, but his name will fade into Bills history as time continues to pass and everyone only remembers the greatness of Kelly. But until this team finds a new star at quarterback, Ferguson still ranks as one of the better quarterbacks to wear a Bills jersey.