1995 Cleveland Browns season

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1995 Cleveland Browns season
OwnerArt Modell
Head coachBill Belichick
Home fieldCleveland Municipal Stadium
Local radioWKNR · WDOK
Division place4th AFC Central
Playoff finishDid not qualify

The 1995 Cleveland Browns season was the team's 50th season overall and 46th 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.[1] The Browns started by winning three of their first four games and were 4–4 halfway through the season.

The day after the Browns recorded their fifth loss, a 37–10 blowout against the Oilers, 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 seven 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 Modell would receive a new franchise, which would become known as the Baltimore Ravens. The Browns' roster would be transferred to Baltimore but the club would otherwise start from scratch as an expansion franchise would. The NFL also agreed that Cleveland would receive a new franchise once a stadium was built for it, and in 1999 the Browns franchise was reactivated under new ownership. The 1999 Browns were stocked by an expansion draft, but were otherwise a continuation of the original 1946 franchise.

The team was documented in NFL Network's A Football Life.[2]


NFL draft[edit]

1995 Cleveland Browns draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 30 Craig Powell  Linebacker Ohio State
3 84 Eric Zeier  Quarterback Georgia
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)
      Made roster  


Draft Trades Made[edit]



1995 Cleveland Browns staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

Coaching Assistants

Strength and conditioning

  • Strength and Conditioning – Jerry Simmons



1995 Cleveland Browns roster

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen


Defensive backs

Special Teams

Reserve Lists

Practice squad

Regular season[edit]


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.

The Browns became the first NFL team to be swept by an expansion team, losing twice to the Jacksonville Jaguars.[7]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 3 at New England Patriots L 14–17
2 September 10 Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 22–6
3 September 17 at Houston Oilers W 14–7
4 September 24 Kansas City Chiefs W 35–17
5 October 2 Buffalo Bills L 19–22
6 October 8 at Detroit Lions L 20–38
7 Bye
8 October 22 Jacksonville Jaguars L 15–23
9 October 29 at Cincinnati Bengals W 29–26 (OT)
10 November 5 Houston Oilers L 10–37
11 November 13 at Pittsburgh Steelers L 3–20
12 November 19 Green Bay Packers L 20–31
13 November 26 Pittsburgh Steelers L 17–20
14 December 3 at San Diego Chargers L 13–31
15 December 9 at Minnesota Vikings L 11–27
16 December 17 Cincinnati Bengals W 26–10
17 December 24 at Jacksonville Jaguars L 21–24

Season summary[edit]

Week 16 vs. Cincinnati Bengals[edit]

Week 16: Cincinnati Bengals at Cleveland Browns
1 2 34Total
Bengals 0 3 0710
Browns 0 17 6326

at Cleveland Municipal Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio

The Cleveland Browns played their final home of the Season before they move to Baltimore for the 1996 NFL season. before they return for the 1999 season.

During the last Browns game played in the stadium, December 17, 1995, against the Cincinnati Bengals.


AFC Central
(2) Pittsburgh Steelers 11 5 0 .688 407 327 L1
Cincinnati Bengals 7 9 0 .438 349 374 W1
Houston Oilers 7 9 0 .438 348 324 W2
Cleveland Browns 5 11 0 .313 289 356 L1
Jacksonville Jaguars 4 12 0 .250 275 404 W1

Relocation to Baltimore[edit]

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[edit]



  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-06-02. Retrieved 2014-03-20.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "NFL Network's A FOOTBALL LIFE to Return 9/12". tv.broadwayworld.com. Retrieved 2012-09-11.
  3. ^ "1995 Cleveland Browns Draftees". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved October 2, 2014.
  4. ^ https://www.nytimes.com/1995/03/26/sports/sports-people-football-browns-trade-metcalf-for-first-round-choice.html
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-04-22. Retrieved 2015-04-26.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ National Football League (July 1, 1995). Official 1995 National Football League Record & Fact Book. New York: Workman Publishing Company. p. 37. ISBN 0761100105. Retrieved November 12, 2014.
  7. ^ https://www.chron.com/CDA/archives/archive.mpl/2002_3600990/texans-inaugural-season-texans-experimenting-with.html