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1995 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Season 20 Brief

The 1995 Tampa Bay Buccaneers season was the franchise's 20th season in the National Football League.

The season began with the team trying to improve on an 6–10 season in 1994, a season in which the team won 4 straight games at the end of the year, and four of their final five. It was Sam 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 defensive lineman Warren Sapp and linebacker Derrick Brooks, both of whom are recognized as two of the team's greatest ever players. The Buccaneers' first-ever draft pick, Lee Roy Selmon, was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Season Overview

There had been rumors 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, 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.

Bucs Head coach Sam Wyche gained some notoriety for saying "Five dash Two" to reporters during a press conference after the seventh game of the season, referring to the team's 5-2 record at the time. Tampa Bay 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, and the team would go 2-7 for the remainder of the season.

Following the week seven overtime win over Minnesota, Tampa Bay 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 them a sweep of that season's new expansion teams, as they had beaten 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 Bay pulled out an overtime win over the eventual NFC Central champion Packers to make their record 7–7, ensuring that their streak of 10-loss seasons—dating back to the 1983 season—would end. The Buccaneers had remained in playoff contention through fourteen games 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 in the penultimate game of the season, ending their playoff hopes. In the season finale at home against a surging Detroit Lions team who were riding a six-game winning streak, Tampa lost decisively. The game became infamous due to a sideline argument between Wyche and quarterback Trent Dilfer; it was later revealed that Wyche planned to pull Dilfer for young backup quarterback 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. The Buccaneers' overall passing attack in 1995 was anemic: they passed for the fifth-fewest yards in the league, had the second-worst team passer rating (60.3), and set an NFL record for fewest team touchdown passes (5) in a 16-game season.

Rumors also swirled that Wyche, knowing he would be let go by new owners without a winning record after a 5–2 start, ordered the team to wear orange pants and orange shirts (which at the time, would have been a first to wear the same color top and bottom), but after several players refused to wear it, the idea was scrapped. 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, who would turn the Buccaneers into a perennial playoff team (a 54-42 record and four playoff appearances in six seasons with the Tampa Bay), and build the foundation for their first Super Bowl win in 2002.

Date   Opponent Week/Record Outcome
Aug. 5
Jets New York Jets
Tampa Stadium, Tampa Bay, FL
PS - wk 1
Lost 3-9
Aug. 11
Bengals @ Cincinnati Bengals
Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, OH
PS - wk 2
Won 31-7
Aug. 19
Steelers Pittsburgh Steelers
Tampa Stadium, Tampa Bay, FL
PS - wk 3
Won 20-7
Aug. 25
Dolphins Miami Dolphins
Tampa Stadium, Tampa Bay, FL
PS - wk 4
Won 24-17

1995 Season Results

Record: 7-9, DIV: 2-6 (5th in NFC Central)
Date   Opponent Week/Record Outcome
Sep. 3
Eagles @ Philadelphia Eagles
Veterans Stadium, Philadelphia, PA
RS - wk 1
Won 21-6
Sep. 10
Browns @ Cleveland Browns
Cleveland Municipal Stadium, Cleveland, OH
RS - wk 2
Lost 6-22
Sep. 17
Bears Chicago Bears
Tampa Stadium, Tampa Bay, FL
RS - wk 3
Lost 6-25
Sep. 24
Redskins Washington Redskins
Tampa Stadium, Tampa Bay, FL
RS - wk 4
Won 14-6
Oct. 1
Panthers @ Carolina Panthers
Memorial Stadium, Clemson, SC
RS - wk 5
Won 20-13
Oct. 8
Bengals Cincinnati Bengals
Tampa Stadium, Tampa Bay, FL
RS - wk 6
Won 19-16
Oct. 15
Vikings Minnesota Vikings
Tampa Stadium, Tampa Bay, FL
RS - wk 7
Won 20-17
Oct. 22
Falcons Atlanta Falcons
Tampa Stadium, Tampa Bay, FL
RS - wk 8
Lost 21-24
Oct. 29
Texans @ Houston Texans
Astrodome, Houston, TX
RS - wk 9
Lost 7-19
Nov. 5
BYE RS - wk 10
Nov. 12
Lions @ Detroit Lions
Pontiac Silverdome, Pontiac MI
RS - wk 11
Lost 24-27
Nov. 19
Jaguars Jacksonville Jaguars
Tampa Stadium, Tampa Bay, FL
RS - wk 12
Won 17-16
Nov. 26
Packers @ Green Bay Packers
Lambeau Field, Green Bay, WI
RS - wk 13
Lost 13-35
Dec. 3
Vikings @ Minnesota Vikings
Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, Minneapolis, MN
RS - wk 14
Lost 17-31
Dec. 10
Packers Green Bay Packers
Tampa Stadium, Tampa Bay, FL
RS - wk 15

Won 13-10

Dec. 17
Bears @ Chicago Bears
Soldier Field, Chicago, IL
RS - wk 16
Lost 10-31
Dec. 23
Lions Detroit Lions
Tampa Stadium, Tampa Bay, FL
RS - wk 17
Lost 10-37
Date   Opponent NFC/Superbowl Outcome
Buccaneers @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Stadium, Tampa Bay, FL

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