1986 Buffalo Bills season

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1986 Buffalo Bills season
Head coach Hank Bullough
Marv Levy
General manager Bill Polian
Owner Ralph Wilson
Home field Rich Stadium
Results
Record 4–12
Division place 4th AFC East
Playoff finish did not qualify
Timeline
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< 1985 1987 >

The 1986 Buffalo Bills season was the 27th season for the club and its 17th in the National Football League (NFL).

Although the Bills were only 2–6 at the midway point of the season, their games were much more competitive than in years past. (Only two of their losses in the first eight games were by more than a touchdown.) Still, after a 6-point Week Nine loss to Tampa Bay, the Bills fired coach Hank Bullough, and hired former Kansas City coach Marv Levy from outside the organization, an unusual mid-season tactic. (Levy had been out of coaching since being the head man with the USFL's Chicago Blitz in 1984.) Levy would win his first game with the Bills against Pittsburgh in Week Ten, and one more game against Kansas City in Week Thirteen, finishing with a 2–5 record in his first half-season as head coach.[1]

Offseason[edit]

Buffalo's quarterback position underwent a drastic improvement before the season, as first-round draft pick Jim Kelly—fresh from the recently folded United States Football League—signed with the team amid much fanfare. The signing increased home attendance at Rich Stadium by 30,000 per game.[2]

NFL draft[edit]

Main article: 1986 NFL draft

University of Iowa running back Ronnie Harmon played for the Bills for four seasons.[3] Vanderbilt's Will Wolford played offensive tackle for the Bills for seven years, and was voted to the Pro Bowl in 1990 and 1992.[4] Linebacker Mark Pike played his entire 13-year career with the Bills, mostly as a special teams star; he is the NFL's all-time leader in tackles on special teams, with 283. Tight end Butch Rolle played for the Bills for 6 years, and at one point had a streak of ten consecutive receptions for touchdowns.

1986 Buffalo Bills draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 16 Ronnie Harmon *  RB Iowa
1 20 Will Wolford *  OT Vanderbilt
3 77 Leonard Burton  C South Carolina
5 111 Carl Byrum  RB Mississippi Valley State
7 168 Bob Williams  TE Penn State
7 178 Mark Pike  LB Georgia Tech
7 180 Butch Rolle  TE Michigan State
8 202 Tony Furjanic  LB Notre Dame
9 222 Reggie Bynum  WR Oregon State
10 251 Guy Tefatiller  DT Illinois
11 278 Tony Garbarczyk  DT Wake Forest
11 282 Billy Witt  DE North Alabama
12 313 Brian McClure  QB Bowling Green
12 331 Derek Christian  LB West Virginia
      Made roster    †   Pro Football Hall of Fame    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

Personnel[edit]

Staff[edit]

1986 Buffalo Bills staff
Front office
  • President – Ralph Wilson
  • Vice President of Administration/General Manager – Bill Polian
  • Vice President of Football Operations – Hank Bullough
  • Director of Player Personnel – Norm Pollom
  • Assistant Director of Player Personnel – Bob Ferguson
  • Administrative Assistant to the Head Coach – Jim Valek

Head coaches

  • Head Coach – Hank Bullough

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches
  • Defensive Coordinator/Inside Linebackers – Herb Paterra
  • Defensive Line – Ted Cottrell
  • Outside Linebackers – Ardell Wiegandt
  • Defensive Backfield – Dick Moseley

Special teams coaches

  • Special Teams – Elijah Pitts

Strength and conditioning

  • Strength and Conditioning Coordinator – Rusty Jones

[5]

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 7, 1986 New York Jets L 28–24
79,951
2 September 14, 1986 at Cincinnati Bengals L 36–33
52,714
3 September 21, 1986 St. Louis Cardinals W 17–10
65,762
4 September 28, 1986 Kansas City Chiefs L 20–17
67,555
5 October 5, 1986 at New York Jets L 14–13
69,504
6 October 12, 1986 at Miami Dolphins L 27–14
49,467
7 October 19, 1986 Indianapolis Colts W 24–13
50,050
8 October 26, 1986 New England Patriots L 23–3
77,808
9 November 2, 1986 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 34–28
32,806
10 November 9, 1986 Pittsburgh Steelers W 16–12
72,000
11 November 16, 1986 Miami Dolphins L 34–24
76,474
12 November 23, 1986 at New England Patriots L 22–19
60,455
13 November 30, 1986 at Kansas City Chiefs W 17–14
31,492
14 December 7, 1986 Cleveland Browns L 21–17
42,213
15 December 14, 1986 at Indianapolis Colts L 24–14
52,783
16 December 21, 1986 at Houston Oilers L 16–7
31,409

Game summaries[edit]

Week 1[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
• Jets 7 7 0 14 28
Bills 7 3 0 14 24

Jim Kelly 20/33, 292 Yds, 3 TD [6]


Week 2[edit]

Week 3[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Cardinals 0 0 3 7 10
• Bills 0 10 0 7 17

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Week 7[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Colts 3 3 7 0 13
• Bills 7 10 7 0 24

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Standings[edit]

AFC East
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
New England Patriots(3) 11 5 0 .688 7–1 8–4 412 307 W1
New York Jets(4) 10 6 0 .625 6–2 8–4 364 386 L5
Miami Dolphins(5) 8 8 0 .500 5–3 6–6 430 405 L1
Buffalo Bills 4 12 0 .250 1–7 3–11 287 348 L3
Indianapolis Colts 3 13 0 .188 1–7 2–10 229 400 W3

References[edit]

  1. ^ Levy would go on to coach the Bills for the subsequent eleven full seasons, before retiring after the 1997 season.
  2. ^ [Neft, David S.; Cohen, Richard M.; and Korch, Rich The Sports Encyclopedia: Pro Football, 12th Edition, p. 526, Martin's Press, August 1994, ISBN 0-312-11073-1
  3. ^ Harmon made the Pro Bowl with the San Diego Chargers in 1992.
  4. ^ Wolford made a third Pro Bowl with Indianapolis.
  5. ^ 1986 Buffalo Bills Media Guide. pp. 5–25. 
  6. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2014-Jun-16.
  7. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2014-Jun-06.
  8. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2014-Nov-20.

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