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1969 Buffalo Bills season
Head Coach John Rauch
Home Field War Memorial Stadium
Results
Record 4-10
Place 4th in AFC East
Playoff Finish Did not qualify for playoffs
Timeline
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1968 1970

The 1969 Buffalo Bills went 4-10 and finished 4th in the AFL East. They missed the playoffs for the third straight season.

John Rauch became the 5th head coach in 10 seasons. The teams tenth and final season in the American Football League before the upcoming AFL-NFL Merger which was to come in the following 1970 NFL season, the Bills played an AFL-record seven games against opponents that went on to reach the postseason;[1] Buffalo lost all seven of these games.

The 1969 season was the first for running back O.J. Simpson, who would go on to a Hall of Fame career.

Although Buffalo only won four games, their penultimate win—a Week Ten victory against the Miami Dolphins—would be their last victory against the Dolphins until the 1980 season. After the win, the Bills suffered against Miami an NFL-record twenty consecutive games lost by one team to another.

Offseason[]

  • August 9, 1969: O.J. Simpson signs a four-year contract worth $215,000.[2]
  • August 20, 1969: The Bills acquired wide receiver Marlin Briscoe.[3]
  • August 25, 1969: Guard George Flint and defensive tackle Tom Sestak both announced their retirements.[4]
  • August 25, 1969: Running back/returner Ed Rutkowski was released by the Bills.[4]


AFL Draft[]

  • Main article: 1969 NFL/AFL Draft
Buffalo Bills 1969 NFL/AFL Combined Draft picks
Round Pick Player Position College Notes Made Roster ? HOF Pro Bowl
1 1 O.J. Simpson RB USC Y Y Y
2 27 Bill Enyart RB Oregon St Y N N
3 53 Julian Nunamaker DE Tennessee-Martin Y N N
4 79 Mike Richey OT North Carolina N N N
5 105 Ben Mayes DE Drake N N N
7 157 John Helton DE Arizona State N N N
8 183 Waddey Harvey DT Virginia Tech Y N N
8 192 James Harris QB Grambling State Y N Y
10 235 James Baines WR Montana N N N
11 261 Bobby Hall RB NC State N N N
12 287 Lloyd Pate RB Cincinnati N N N
12 312 Leon Lovelace OT Texas Tech N N N
14 339 Bubba Thornton WR TCU N N N
15 365 Karl Wilson RB Olivet N N N
16 391 Robert Kirk OG Indiana N N N
17 417 Wayne Lineberry LB East Carolina N N N


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Personnel[]

Coaches/Staff[]

1969 Buffalo Bills staff
Front office
  • President – Ralph Wilson
  • Vice President and General Manager – Bob Lustig
  • Vice President/Minority Owner – Pat McGroder


Coaching staff

Offensive coaches

  • Wide Receivers - Bill Miller
  • Offensive Line – Marvin Bass

Defensive coaches

  • Defensive Line – Ray Malavsi
  • Linebackers – Ralph Hawkins
  • Defensive Backfield – Claude Gibson
  • Kickers - Bugsy Engelberg

Final roster[]

1969 Buffalo Bills roster
Quarterbacks
  • 10 Dan Darragh
  • 12 James Harris
  • 15 Jack Kemp
  • 14 Tom Sherman


Running Backs

  • 22 Max Anderson
  • 41 Bill Enyart
  • 30 Wayne Patrick
  • 32 O.J. Simpson


Wide Receivers


Tight Ends

  • 85 Willie Grate
  • 87 Billy Masters
Offensive Linemen
  • 77 Stew Barber T
  • 50 Al Bemiller C
  • 79 Paul Costa T
  • 54 Howard Kindig G
  • 60 Angelo Loukas G
  • 67 Joe O'Donnell G


Defensive Linemen

  • 74 Chuck DeVleigher  DT
  • 78 Jim Dunaway DT
  • 65 Waddey Harvey DT
  • 76 Mike McBath DE
  • 72 Ron McDole DE
  • 69 Julian Nunamaker DE
  • 70 Tom Sestak DT
Linebackers
  • 52 Edgar Chandler
  • 51 Jerald Collins
  • 59 Paul Guidry
  • 64 Harry Jacobs
  • 53 Dave Ogas


Defensive Backs

  • 42 Butch Byrd CB
  • 24 Booker Edgerson CB
  • 45 Hilton Crawford
  • 20 Robert James CB
  • 27 Tom Janik S
  • 48 John Pitts SS
  • 47 Pete Richardson FS
  • 26 George Saimes S


Special Teams

Note: Rookies in italics

Preseason[]

Date Opponent Score Result Record Attendance
August 2 at Houston 24–7 [6] Loss 0–1
37,250
August 8 Washington 21–17 [7] Win 1–1
37,012
August 15 at Detroit 24–12 [3] Loss 1–2
34,206
August 22 Baltimore 20–7 [8] Loss 1–3
45,750
August 30 Chicago (played in Cleveland) 23–16 [8] Loss 1–4
85,531
September 6 at Los Angeles 50–20 [8] Loss 1–5
69,904

Regular season[]

Schedule[]

Date Opponent Score Result Record Attendance
September 14 NY Jets 33–19 Loss 0–1
46,165
September 21 Houston 17–3 Loss 0–2
40,146
September 28 Denver 41–28 Win 1–2
40,302
October 5 at Houston 28–14 Loss 1–3
46,485
October 11 Boston 23–16 Win 2–3
46,201
October 19 at Oakland 50–21 Loss 2–4
54,418
October 26 at Miami 24–6 Loss 2–5
39,837
November 2 Kansas City 29–7 Loss 2–6
45,844
November 9 at NY Jets 16–6 Loss 2–7
62,680
November 16 Miami 28–3 Win 3–7
32,686
November 23 at Boston 35–21 Loss 3–8
25,584
November 30 Cincinnati 16–13 Win 4–8
35,122
December 7 at Kansas City 22–19 Loss 4–9
47,112
December 14 at San Diego 45–6 Loss 4–10
47,582

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Standings[]

Template:1969 AFL Eastern standings This was the final year of the AFL The Baltimore Colts would join the AFL eastern teams and become the AFC East in 1970.

Awards and records[]

References[]

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  5. The Football Database - 1969 Buffalo Bills Draft. Retrieved 2016-Dec-11.
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