1995 Cleveland Browns season
|1995 Cleveland Browns season|
|Head coach||Bill Belichick|
|Home field||Cleveland Stadium|
|Local radio||WDOK · WKNR (1220 AM)|
|Division place||3rd AFC Central|
|Playoff finish||did not qualify|
The 1995 Cleveland Browns season was the team's fiftieth season overall and forty-sixth in the National Football League. After finishing 11-5 in 1994 under head coach Bill Belichick and winning a playoff game for the first time since 1989, the Browns were favored by many to reach Cleveland's first ever Super Bowl. The Browns started by winning three of their first four games, but lost three straight in the middle of the season and finished the first half of the season at 4-4.
A week after the Browns recorded their fourth win, owner Art Modell announced that he was moving the franchise to Baltimore. Stunned by this news, the team collapsed and only won one of their remaining eight games and Belichick was fired. As part of the agreement to allow Modell to move, the city of Cleveland was allowed to keep the Browns name, the team's history from 1946 onward, and everything else associated with the Browns while the franchise itself, which later became known as the Ravens, would be transferred to Baltimore and start from scratch as an expansion team would. The NFL also agreed that Cleveland would receive a new franchise once a stadium was built for it, and in 1999 the Browns were reactivated.
|1995 Cleveland Browns draft|
|1||30||Craig Powell||Linebacker||Ohio State|
|3||94||Mike Frederick||Defensive end||Virginia|
|5||136||Tau Pupua||Defensive tackle||Weber State|
|5||147||Mike Miller||Wide receiver||Notre Dame|
|7||231||A. C. Tellison||Wide receiver||Miami (FL)|
QB Eric Zeier had thrown for over 3,300 yards as a Jr & Sr with 48 TD vs 21 INT. WR Michael Miller had good years as a Jr and Sr in an Option offense at Notre Dame (19-412-2 and 17-276-2) under Lou Holtz. WR A.C. Tellison had a good Jr. Season in 1993 with 26 catches for 547 yards and 5 TD. He also had played under Dennis Erickson.
- Traded Eric Metcalf and 1x26 to Atlanta Falcons for pick 1x10
- Traded 1x10 to San Francisco 49ers for 1x30, 3rd Round, 4th Round, and 1996 1st Round.
|1995 Cleveland Browns staff|
Special teams coaches
Strength and conditioning
The Browns' record was 4–5 on November 6, the day that owner Art Modell announced the team would be moving to Baltimore, Maryland for the 1996 season. Cleveland ended the season losing six of their final seven games.
|1||September 3, 1995||at New England Patriots||L 17–14||
|2||September 10, 1995||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||W 14–7||
|3||September 17, 1995||at Houston Oilers||W 14–7||
|4||September 24, 1995||Kansas City Chiefs||W 35–17||
|5||October 2, 1995||Buffalo Bills||L 22–19||
|6||October 8, 1995||at Detroit Lions||L 38–20||
|7||October 22, 1995||Jacksonville Jaguars||L 23–15||
|8||October 29, 1995||at Cincinnati Bengals||W 29–26||
|9||November 5, 1995||Houston Oilers||L 37–10||
|10||November 13, 1995||at Pittsburgh Steelers||L 20–3||
|11||November 19, 1995||Green Bay Packers||L 31–20||
|12||November 26, 1995||Pittsburgh Steelers||L 20–17||
|13||December 3, 1995||at San Diego Chargers||L 31–13||
|14||December 9, 1995||at Minnesota Vikings||L 27–11||
|15||December 17, 1995||Cincinnati Bengals||W 26–10||
|16||December 24, 1995||at Jacksonville Jaguars||L 24–21||
|(2) Pittsburgh Steelers||11||5||0||.688||407||327||L1|
Cleveland Browns roster
Relocation to Baltimore
Modell announced on November 6, 1995, that he had signed a deal to relocate the Browns to Baltimore in 1996—a move which would return the NFL to Baltimore for the first time since the Colts relocated to Indianapolis after the 1983 season. The very next day, on November 7, 1995, Cleveland voters overwhelmingly approved an issue that had been placed on the ballot at Modell's request, before he made his decision to move the franchise, which provided $175 million in tax dollars to refurbish the outmoded and declining Cleveland Municipal Stadium. Modell's plan was later scrapped and taxpayers ultimately paid close to $300 million to demolish the old stadium and construct a new stadium for the 1999 Expansion Browns on the site of Municipal Stadium.
Awards and records
- "NFL Network's A FOOTBALL LIFE to Return 9/12". tv.broadwayworld.com. Retrieved 2012-09-11.
- "1995 Cleveland Browns Draftees". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved October 2, 2014.
- National Football League (July 1, 1995). Official 1995 National Football League Record & Fact Book. New York City, New York: Workman Publishing Company. p. 37. ISBN 0761100105. Retrieved November 12, 2014.