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1984 Buffalo Bills season
Head Coach Kay Stephenson
Home Field Rich Stadium
Record 2-14
Place 5th in AFC East
Playoff Finish Did not qualify for playoffs
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The 1984 Buffalo Bills season was the 25th season for the club and its 15th in the National Football League (NFL). The team started the season with eleven consecutive losses before an upset home win over Dallas in Week 12. The 1984 Bills gave up a team-record 454 points on defense, an average of more than 28 per game.[1] The Bills gave up 30+ points eight times and allowed fewer than 20 points in a game only three times all season. The Bills also allowed 60 quarterback sacks, for a total of 554 yards, the most-ever at the time.[2][3] The Bills' 4,341 total yards gained was second-worst in the league in 1984 (only the Colts had fewer total yards gained).[4][5] The 1984 Bills are one of only two NFL teams[6] to have been outscored by 25 points six different times during the season.[7]


Uniform change[]

For the third time in team history, the Bills changed their helmets. While keeping the streaking buffalo logo from the second change, the Bills changed their helmet color from white to red. They would keep the red helmet through the 2010 season.[8] It was the Bills first major change to their helmets since changing from the "standing Bison" to the streaking buffalo before the 1974 season. Since three of the Bills' four AFC Eastern division opponents—Miami, Indianapolis and New England—had white helmets, "it was easier for [Ferguson] to distinguish and that's the reason why we made the switch."[9][10] Ferguson had thrown a high number of interceptions over the previous two seasons, and coach Kay Stephenson hoped it would help the quarterback reduce them. Ironically, 1984 was Ferguson's last year with the Bills, and only year with the red helmets; Ferguson, after 107 consecutive starts dating to the 1977 season (at the time tied with the league record), was benched in favor of Joe Dufek on September 30. Ferguson's interception total actually increased compared to the previous year, and he would go on to play for at least three more teams (Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Indianapolis Colts and Canadian football's San Antonio Texans) that all had white helmets.


NFL draft[]

{{Main|[[1983 NFL Draft}}

The Bills drafted future Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly, the third of a record six quarterbacks taken in the first round of the 1983 draft. Kelly would play for the USFL's Houston Gamblers from 1983–1985, before making his first start with the Bills in Week One of the 1986 season. The Bills later retired Kelly's #12, at the time the only number the franchise retired. Linebacker Darryl Talley played for twelve years with the Bills. He was a two-time Pro Bowler, in 1990 and 1991. He was inducted into the Bills Wall of Fame.

1984 Buffalo Bills draft picks


Round Pick Player Position College Made Roster? Pro Bowl (?) HOF (?)
1 26 Greg Hill Running back Notre Dame Yes No No
2 41 Rodney Bellinger Defensive back Miami (FL) Yes No No
3 79 Sean McNanie Defensive end San Diego State Yes No No
3 82 Speedy Neal Running back Miami (FL) Yes No No
4 95 Mitchell Brookins Wide receiver Illinois Yes No No
5 128 John Kidd Punter Northwestern Yes No No
6 155 Tony Slaton Center USC No No No
7 182 Stan David Linebacker Texas Tech Yes No No
8 209 Stacy Rayfield Defensive back Texas–Arlington No No No
9 236 Leroy Howell Defensive end Appalachian State No No No
10 263 Joe Azelby Linebacker Harvard Yes No No
11 299 Craig White Wide receiver Missouri Yes No No
12 322 Russell Davis Wide receiver Maryland No No No



1984 Buffalo Bills staff
Front Office
  • Majority Owner/Team President – Ralph Wilson
  • VP of Administration/General Manager – Terry Bledsoe
  • Vice President of Football Operations - Kay Stephenson
  • Senior Executive Vice President/Minority Owner – Pat McGroder
  • Director of Pro Personnel – Bill Polian
  • Vice President of Player Personnel – Bruce Nicholas

Coaching Staff

  • Head Coach – Kay Stephenson  

Offensive Coaches

  • Quarterbacks Coach - John Becker
  • Running Backs Coach - Andy McDonald
  • Wide Receivers Coach - Milt Jackson
  • Offensive Line - Jim Niblack 
  • Tight Ends Coach - Perry Moss

Defensive/Special Teams Coaches

  • Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Line – Don Lawrence
  • Linebackers - Monte Kiffin
  • Defensive Backs – Pete Carroll
  • Defensive Assistant / Special Teams - Miller MaCalmon

Strength & Conditioning

  • Strength/Conditioning Coach - Jim Speros


1984 Buffalo Bills roster

Running Backs

  • 28 Greg Bell
  • 23 Van Williams RB/WR/KR
  • 34 Booker Moore
  • 40 Robb Riddick
  • 48 Speedy Neal
  • 41 Booker Moore

Wide Receivers

  • 27 Craig White WR/RB
  • 29 John Mistler
  • 80 Jerry Butler
  • 81 Perry Tuttle
  • 83 Preston Dennard
  • 85 Byron Franklin
  • 88 Mike Mosley WR/KR
  • 89 Julius Dawkins

Tight Ends

  • 86 Mark Brammer
  • 87 Tony Hunter LB-TE
  • 49 Ulysses Norris
Offensive Linemen
  • 70 Joe Devlin T
  • 53 Will Grant C
  • 63 Justin Cross T
  • 72 Ken Jones T
  • 73 Jon Borchardt G
  • 51 Jim Ritcher G
  • 61 Tom Lynch G
  • 65 Tim Vogler G

Defensive Linemen

  • 91 Ken Johnson DE
  • 93 Scott Virkus DE
  • 95 Sean McNanie DE
  • 75 Bill Acker NT
  • 76 Fred Smerlas DT
  • 79 Dean Prater DE
  • 77 Ben Williams DE
  • 55 Jim Haslett
  • 56 Darryl Talley OLB
  • 52 Chris Keating
  • 54 Eugene Marve
  • 56 Darryl Talley OLB
  • 57 Lucius Sanford OLB
  • 58 Mark Merrill
  • -- Trey Junkin LB/TE
  • 62 Al Wenglikowski
  • 58 Steve Potter
Defensive Backs
  • 21 Don Wilson FS
  • -- Brian Carpenter
  • 22 Steve Freeman FS
  • 24 Gary Thompson DB
  • 25 Rod Hill DB
  • 26 Charles Romes CB
  • 29 Mario Clark CB
  • 30 Marco Tounge
  • 36 Rodney Bellinger DB
  • 38 Jeff Nixon SS
  • 42 Rod Kush
  • 43 Martin Bayless
  • 45 Len Walterscheid DB
  • 47 Lucious Smith DB
  • 48 Lawrence Johnson DB

Special Teams

  • 19 Joe Danelo K
  • 5 Fred Steinfort K
  • 7 Greg Cater P
Note: Rookies in italics



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