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1968 Buffalo Bills season
Head Coach Joe Collier (0-2-0)
Harvey Johnson (1-10-1)
Home Field War Memorial Stadium
Results
Record 1-12-1
Place 5th in AFL East
Playoff Finish Did not qualify for playoffs
Timeline
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1967 1969
The 1968 Buffalo Bills went 1-12-1 and finished last in the AFL East, which is (a 0.107 winning percentage) the second-worst in team history: the 1971 Bills went 1–13. They were one of only two teams in AFL history (the other being the 1962 Oakland Raiders) to finish the season with only one victory.

Season summaryEdit

The Bills, coming off a 4–10 season in 1967, fired coach Joe Collier after an 0–2 start in 1968. Defensive backfield coach Harvey Johnson was promoted to interim head coach,[1] where he went 1–10–1 to finish the year.[2]

With the release of running back Wray Carlton, wide receiver Elbert Dubenion the last player from the Bills' original roster in 1960 to still be with the club.[3]

The majority of Buffalo's games were started by backup quarterback Dan Darragh, after injuries claimed the seasons of long-time starter Jack Kemp and new addition Tom Flores. Even Darragh and new addition Kay Stephenson were injured. Ultimately, running back Ed Rutkowski, who hadn't played the quarterback position since college six years prior, ended up starting at quarterback for the Bills.[4]

Buffalo's only win of the season was a home victory over the New York Jets, in which the Bills held a 16-point lead in the fourth quarter before giving up two late touchdowns to the Jets. Ultimately, the Bills were able to hold on to the two-point win.[5]

OffseasonEdit

PersonnelEdit

Coaches/StaffEdit

1968 Buffalo Bills staff
Front office

Coaching staff

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Final rosterEdit

1968 Buffalo Bills roster
Quarterbacks


Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen

Linebackers

Defensive Backs

Special Teams

Note: Rookies in italics

ReferencesEdit

  1. Johnson would be promoted to head coach again before the 1971 season
  2. Johnson resumed his defensive coaching duties under John Rauch in 1969, but would later be promoted to head coach again for one year in 1971.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Rockin’ the Rockpile: The Buffalo Bills of the American Football League, p.393, Jeffrey J. Miller, ECW Press, 2007, Template:ISBN
  4. [Neft, David S.; Cohen, Richard M.; and Korch, Rich The Sports Encyclopedia: Pro Football, 12th Edition, p.144, Martin's Press, August 1994, Template:ISBN
  5. Pro-Football-Reference: New York Jets 35 at Buffalo Bills 37, Sunday, September 29, 1968
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Rockin’ the Rockpile: The Buffalo Bills of the American Football League, p.392, Jeffrey J. Miller, ECW Press, 2007, Template:ISBN

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