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1995 Buffalo Bills season
Head Coach Marv Levy
Home Field Rich Stadium
Results
Record 10-6
Place 1st in AFC East
Playoff Finish Won AFC Divisional
Lost AFC Championship
Timeline
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1994 1996

The 1995 Buffalo Bills season was the 36th season for the club and its 26th in the National Football League.

Season summary

After suffering a losing season the previous season, the 1995 Bills won the AFC East, and made the playoffs for the seventh time in eight seasons. They defeated the Miami Dolphins in the Wild Card Game in Don Shula's final game as an NFL head coach. The following week they lost to the eventual AFC Champions, the Pittsburgh Steelers. The playoff win over Miami represents the last time to date that the Bills have won a playoff game.

In his first season with the team, defensive end Bryce Paup was named NFL Defensive Player of the Year. Paup led the NFL with 17.5 sacks, the fourth-highest single-season total of the 1990s.[1]

During the season, head coach Marv Levy underwent successful treatment for prostate cancer; assistant Elijah Pitts filled in as interim coach until Levy returned after a three-game absence.[2]

Standings

1995 AFC East Standings
Team W L T PCT PF PA Streak
(3) Buffalo Bills 10 6 0 .625 350 335 L1
(5) Indianapolis Colts 9 7 0 .563 331 316 W1
(6) Miami Dolphins 9 7 0 .563 398 332 W1
New England Patriots 6 10 0 .375 294 377 L2
New York Jets 3 13 0 .188 233 384 L4

Off-season

1995 Expansion Draft

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Buffalo Bills selected during the Expansion Draft
Round Overall Name Position Expansion Team
5 9 Keith Goganious Linebacker Jacksonville Jaguars
23 46 Vince Marrow Tight End Carolina Panthers

NFL Draft

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= Pro Bowler [3]
Round Pick Player Position School/Club team
1 14 Ruben Brown[4] Guard Pittsburgh
2 45 Todd Collins Quarterback Michigan
3 76 Marlon Kerner Cornerback Ohio State
3 96 Damien Covington Linebacker North Carolina State
4 109 Ken Irvin Cornerback Memphis
4 113 Justin Armour Wide receiver Stanford
4 131 Tony Cline Tight end Stanford
5 144 John Holecek Linebacker Illinois
6 185 Shannon Clavelle Defensive tackle Colorado
7 221 Tom Nütten Center Western Michigan
7 244 Darick Holmes Running back Portland State

Personnel

Staff/Coaches

1995 Buffalo Bills staff[5]
Front Office
  • President – Ralph Wilson
  • Executive Vice President of Administration/General Manager – John Butler
  • Assistant General Manager/Director of Pro Personnel – Bob Ferguson
  • Director of Player Personnel – Dwight Adams
  • Assistant Director/Collegiate Scouting – A. J. Smith
  • Alumni Relations / Director of Player Development - Jerry Butler

Coaching Staff

  • Vice President for Football Operations/Head Coach – Marv Levy
  • Assistant Head Coach - Elijah Pitts
  • Administrative Assistant to the Head Coach – Chuck Lester


Offensive Coaches

  • Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line – Tom Breshnhan
  • Quarterbbacks - Jim Shofner
  • Running Backs – Elijah Pitts
  • Receivers – Charlie Joiner
  • Offensive Quality Control/Tight Ends – Don Lawrence

Defensive Coaches

  • Defensive Coordinator– Wade Phillips
  • Defensive Line – Don Sekanovich
  • Linebackers - Ted Cottrell
  • Assistant Linebackers Coach – Chuck Lester
  • Defensive Backs – Dick Roach

Special Teams

  • Special Teams – Bruce DeHaven

Strength & Conditioning

  • Strength and Conditioning Coordinator – Rusty Jones

Roster

1995 Buffalo Bills roster
Quarterbacks
  • 15 Todd Collins
  • 12 Jim Kelly
  • 10 Alex Van Pelt

Running Backs

  • 30 Yanel Jourdain
  • 44 Darick Holmes
  • 33 Tim Tindale
  • 34 Thurman Thomas
  • 35 Carwell Gardner FB

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

  • 84 Lonnie Johnson
  • 88 Tony Cline
  • 87 Rob Coons
Offensive Linemen
  • 79 Rueben Brown G
  • 63 Mike Devlin G
  • 60 Tom Myslynski G
  • 64 Tom Nutten G
  • 67 Kent Hull C
  • 74 Glenn Parker G
  • 68 Corbin Lacina G
  • 70 John Fina G
  • 72 Corey Louchiey T
  • 60 Jerry Ostroski G

Defensive Linemen

  • 94 Mark Pike LB/DE
  • 90 Phil Hansen DE
  • 73 Karl Wilson DE
  • 77 Jim Jeffcoat DE
  • 97 Ted Washington DT
  • 78 Bruce Smith DE
  • 91 Jeff Wright NT
Linebackers
  • 52 John Holecek LB
  • 59 Sam Rogers LB
  • 58 Marlo Perry LB
  • 97 Cornelius Bennett ILB
  • 95 Bryce Paup OLB/DE
  • 55 Mark Maddox LB
  • 57 Damien Covington LB
  • 56 Darryl Talley OLB
  • 50 David White

Defensive Backs

  • 22 Jeff Burris CB
  • 43 Matt Darby DB
  • 20 Henry Jones SS
  • 41 Greg Evans S
  • 42 Chris Green CB
  • 27 Ken Irvin DB
  • 24 Kurt Schultz
  • 28 Thomas Smith CB

Special Teams

*Note: Rookies in italics

Regular season

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site Attendance
1 September 3 at Denver L 7–22 0–1 Mile High Stadium
75,157
2 September 10 Carolina W 31–9 1–1 Rich Stadium
79,190
3 September 17 Indianapolis W 20–14 2–1 Rich Stadium
62,499
4 Bye
5 October 2 at Cleveland W 22–19 3–1 Cleveland Stadium
76,211
6 October 8 NY Jets W 29–10 4–1 Rich Stadium
79,485
7 October 15 Seattle W 27–21 5–1 Rich Stadium
74,362
8 October 23 at New England L 14–27 5–2 Foxboro Stadium
60,203
9 October 29 at Miami L 6–23 5–3 Joe Robbie Stadium
71,060
10 November 5 at Indianapolis W 16–10 6–3 RCA Dome
59,612
11 November 12 Atlanta W 23–17 7–3 Rich Stadium
62,690
12 November 19 at NY Jets W 28–26 8–3 The Meadowlands
54,436
13 November 26 New England L 25–35 8–4 Rich Stadium
69,384
14 December 3 at San Francisco L 17–27 8–5 Candlestick Park
65,568
15 December 10 at St. Louis W 45–27 9–5 Trans World Dome
64,623
16 December 17 Miami W 23–20 10–5 Rich Stadium
79,531
17 December 24 Houston L 28–17 10–6 Rich Stadium
45,253

Game summaries

Week 5

Buffalo Bills (2–1) at Cleveland Browns (3–1)
1 2 3 4 Total
Bills 10 0 3 9 22
Browns 7 3 6 3 19

at Cleveland Municipal Stadium • Cleveland, Ohio

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References

  1. Player Season Finder Query Results - Pro-Football-Reference.com. PFRef.com.
  2. Press, From Associated (October 17, 1995). Levy Tells Bills He Faces Cancer Surgery : Pro football: Coach will miss three games after prostate operation today in Buffalo..
  3. Players are identified as Pro Bowlers if they were selected for the Pro-Bowl at any time in their career.
  4. 9x pro bowler, 1996–2003
  5. 1995 Buffalo Bills Media Guide, pp. 5–26. ISBN .

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