1985 Buffalo Bills season
Head Coach Kay Stephenson (0-4)
Hank Bullough (as interim, 2-10)
Home Field Rich Stadium
Record 2-14
Place 5th in AFC East
Playoff Finish Did not qualify for playoffs
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1984 1986

The 1985 Buffalo Bills season was the 26th season for the club and its 16th in the National Football League (NFL). It was Buffalo's second-consecutive 2–14 season. Head coach Kay Stephenson was fired after an 0–4 start. Defensive coordinator Hank Bullough took over, going 2–10 for the remainder of the season.

Season summaryEdit

The Bills' offense was anemic: its 200 points scored is the lowest total in the 1980s,[1] and the lowest total in team history for a 16-game schedule. Bills quarterbacks Vince Ferragamo and Bruce Mathison only produced 9 passing touchdowns all season,[2] while combining for a league-high 31 interceptions.[3] Buffalo scored fewer than 10 points in seven of its 16 games. The team's point-differential of negative-181 points is the third-worst in franchise history.


NFL draftEdit

Main article: 1985 NFL Draft In 1985, the Bills used the first overall pick in the draft to select All-American defensive end Bruce Smith. Smith would dominated the late 1980s and early 1990s. Smith was an 11-time All-Pro selection, two-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year, and logged an NFL-record 200 sacks[4] by the end of his career.

Fourth-round pick Andre Reed, a wide receiver out of Kutztown (PA) State, would go on to be the leading receiver in Buffalo Bills history. When he retired after the 2000 season, Reed's 951 career receptions were third in NFL history behind Jerry Rice and Cris Carter.[5]

Maryland quarterback Frank Reich would become famous for quarterbacking "The Comeback", a 1993 playoff game in which Buffalo, down 35–3 in the third quarter, would score 35 unanswered points to win 41–38 in overtime. It is the largest deficit overcome to win a game in NFL history.[6]

Reed played more games with the Bills, 221, than any other player. Smith was second with 217 games.[7]

1985 Buffalo Bills draft picks[8]
Round Pick Player Position College Made Roster? Pro Bowl (?) HOF (?)
1 1 Bruce Smith Defensive end Virginia Tech Yes Yes Yes
1 14 Derrick Burroughs Defensive back Memphis Tigers Yes No No
2 29 Mark Traynowicz Guard Nebraska Yes No No
2 42 Chris Burkett Wide receiver Jackson State Yes No No
3 57 Frank Reich Quarterback Maryland Yes No No
3 63 Hal Garner Linebacker Utah State Yes No No
4 86 Andre Reed Wide receiver Kutztown State Yes Yes Yes
4 112 Dale Hellestrae Tackle SMU Yes No No
5 130 Jimmy Teal Wide receiver Texas A&M Yes No No
6 141 Mike Hamby Defensive end Utah State Yes No No
7 169 Ron Pitts Defensive back USC Yes No No
8 197 Jacque Robinson Fullback Washington No No No
9 225 Glenn Jones Defensive back Norfolk State| No No No
10 253 Chris Babyar Guard Illinois No No No
11 282 James Seawright Linebacker South Carolina No No No
12 333 Paul Woodside Placekicker West Virginia No No No



1985 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 – Bob Fersuson

Coaching Staff

Offensive Coaches

Defensive/Special Teams Coaches

Strength & Conditioning


1985 Buffalo Bills roster

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen


Defensive Backs

Defensive Backs (cont'd)

Special Teams

* Note: Rookies in italics
* IR-On Injured reserve


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