1995 Tampa Bay Buccaneers season

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1995 Tampa Bay Buccaneers season
Head coach Sam Wyche
General manager Rich McKay
Owner Malcolm Glazer
Home field Tampa Stadium
Results
Record 7–9
Division place 5th NFC Central
Playoff finish did not qualify
Team MVP MLB Hardy Nickerson
Timeline
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The 1995 Tampa Bay Buccaneers season began with the team trying to improve on an 6–10 season in which the team won 4 straight games at the end of 1994 and 4 of the last 5. It was Wyche’s final season as the team's head coach. Prior to the season Malcolm Glazer took over ownership of the team, then the Bucs drafted Warren Sapp and Derrick Brooks, both of whom are recognized as two of the teams greatest ever players, and Lee Roy Selmon was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Overview[edit]

There had been rumours as far back as the end of the 1993 season that new owner Glazer would move the team after funding to improve Tampa Stadium was not obtained,[1] but a referendum kept the Bucs in Tampa for 1995. The possibility of moving the Buccaneers to Cleveland, Ohio was an undercurrent throughout the 1995 season once Art Modell’s relocation of the Browns to Baltimore was announced.[2]

This season is famous for Sam Wyche, Head Coach of the Bucs, saying "Five dash Two" to reporters during a press conference after game 7 in which he basically told reporters "HA I told you so" even though those 5 wins were close games marked by a great deal of luck for the Bucs. Tampa had won 9 of its previous 12 games, going back to the end of the 1994 season, and many observers felt they had become a sleeper NFC playoff contender. However, the good luck and victory string soon ran out. Following the week seven overtime win over Minnesota, Tampa lost three in a row before beating expansion Jacksonville, only after Jaguars coach Tom Coughlin decided to go for a 2-point conversion when scoring a last minute touchdown. It failed and the Bucs won 17–16, giving the Bucs a sweep of that season's new expansion teams, as Tampa beat Carolina 17–10 in week 5. Two more losses followed, and the 6–7 Buccaneers had a prime time ESPN Sunday Night Football game against the Green Bay Packers, who were playing without standout Reggie White due to injury. Tampa pulled out an overtime win over the heralded Packers to make their record 7–7 and ensured their streak of 10-loss seasons, dating back to the 1983 season, was finished. The Buccaneers even remained in playoff contention in game 14 for the first time since the strike-shortened 1982 season under Doug Williams.

The Bucs however lost to the Chicago Bears by 21 points at Soldier Field and their playoff hopes were ruined. In the season finale at home against a surging Detroit Lions team who were riding a six-game winning streak, Tampa lost decisively, but the game became infamous due to a huge blowup between Wyche and QB Trent Dilfer; it was later revealed that Wyche planned to pull Dilfer for young backup QB Casey Weldon regardless of how the game was going, triggering Dilfer’s furious reaction and also angering teammates of the very respected if inconsistent starter. Rumor also has it Wyche knowing he would be let go by new owners without a winning record after a 5–2 start, ordered the team to wear the embarrassing “Creamsicle” outfit of bright orange pants and shirts that had long made other teams and fans view the Bucs as a joke. New owner Malcolm Glazer decided Wyche’s tenure as coach was done, and started the search for the next coach of the Buccaneers, a search that would bring in coach Tony Dungy. Tampa was ready to move forward with the right leadership on a trajectory from “terrible” to “uneven but promising”.

Offseason[edit]

NFL Draft[edit]

Pick Round Player Position School
12 1 Warren Sapp Defensive Tackle Miami
28 1 Derrick Brooks Linebacker Florida State
43 2 Melvin Johnson Defensive Back Kentucky
105 4 Jerry Wilson Defensive Back Saginaw Valley State University
143 5 Clifton Abraham Defensive Back Florida State
179 6 Wardell Rouse Linebacker Clemson
215 7 Steve Ingram Offensive Tackle Maryland
227 7 Jeff Rodgers Defensive End Texas A&M-Kingsville

Personnel[edit]

Staff[edit]

1995 Tampa Bay Buccaneers staff

Front Office

Head Coaches

  • Head Coach/Director of Football Operations – Sam Wyche

Offensive Coaches

 

Defensive Coaches

Special Teams Coaches

  • Special Teams – George Stewart

Strength and Conditioning

  • Strength and Conditioning – Brad Roll

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Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Regular season
Week Date Opponent Result Kickoff[a] Game site TV Attendance Record
1 September 3, 1995 at Philadelphia Eagles W 21–6 1:00 Veterans Stadium FOX 66,266 1–0
2 September 10, 1995 at Cleveland Browns L 6–22 1:00 Cleveland Stadium FOX 61,083 1–1
3 September 17, 1995 Chicago Bears L 6–25 4:00 Tampa Stadium FOX 71,507 1–2
4 September 24, 1995 Washington Redskins W 14–6 1:00 Tampa Stadium FOX 49,234* 2–2
5 October 1, 1995 at Carolina Panthers W 20–13 1:00 Clemson Memorial Stadium FOX 50,076 3–2
6 October 8, 1995 Cincinnati Bengals W 19–16 1:00 Tampa Stadium NBC 41,732* 4–2
7 October 15, 1995 Minnesota Vikings W 20–17 OT 1:00 Tampa Stadium FOX 55,703* 5–2
8 October 22, 1995 Atlanta Falcons L 21–24 1:00 Tampa Stadium FOX 66,135* 5–3
9 October 29, 1995 at Houston Oilers L 7–19 4:00 Houston Astrodome FOX 31,489 5–4
10 Bye
11 November 12, 1995 at Detroit Lions L 24–27 1:00 Pontiac Silverdome FOX 60,644 5–5
12 November 19, 1995 Jacksonville Jaguars W 17–16 1:00 Tampa Stadium NBC 71,629* 6–5
13 November 26, 1995 at Green Bay Packers L 13–35 1:00 Lambeau Field FOX 59,218 6–6
14 December 3, 1995 at Minnesota Vikings L 17–31 1:00 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome FOX 52,879 6–7
15 December 10, 1995 Green Bay Packers W 13–10 OT 8:00 Tampa Stadium ESPN 67,557* 7–7
16 December 17, 1995 at Chicago Bears L 10–31 1:00 Soldier Field FOX 49,475 7–8
17 December 23, 1995 Detroit Lions L 10–37 4:00 Tampa Stadium FOX 50,049* 7–9

Notes:

a All times in North American Eastern Time. (UTC–4 and UTC–5 during Standard Time)
  • = blacked out locally

Standings[edit]

NFC Central
W L T PCT PF PA
Green Bay Packers 11 5 0 .688 404 314
Detroit Lions 10 6 0 .625 436 336
Chicago Bears 9 7 0 .563 392 360
Minnesota Vikings 8 8 0 .500 412 385
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 7 9 0 .438 238 335

References[edit]

  1. ^ “4 NFL Clubs Might Be Interested in Considering Move to St. Louis” in St. Louis Post Dispatch December 3, 1993, p. 4D
  2. ^ “Buccaneers’ Officials Ready to Move Team Soon, Says Vikings’ President” in Akron Beacon Journal, December 19, 1995
  3. ^ 2009 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Media Guide. pp. 44–46. Retrieved 2010-04-12. 

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