American Football Database
1995 Tampa Bay Buccaneers season
Head Coach Sam Wyche
Home Field Tampa Stadium
Record 7-9
Place 5th NFC Central
Playoff Finish did not qualify
Team MVP MLB Hardy Nickerson
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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' 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.


There were rumours towards the end of the 1994 season about the team deserting Tampa completely but a referendum saved the team. This season is famous for Sam Wyche, Head Coach of the Bucs, "Five dash Two" saying to reporters during a press conference after game 7 in which he basically tells reports "HA I told you so" even though Tampa won their 5 games by the slimmest of margins, often with improbable causes. Yet there was no denying that Tampa Bay under Wyche had won 9 of their last 12 games, better than anyone else in football at that point going back to the 1994 end of year win streak. But the House built of straw would crumble before long. Following the week seven Overtime win over Minnesota, Tampa Lost 3 in a row before beating expansion Jacksonville only after Jaguars Coach decided to go for a 2 point conversion when scoring a last minute touchdown. It failed and the Bucs won 17-16, a sweep if you will over both expansion teams as Tampa Played Carolina and beat them 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 took the Packers into overtime and Beat them on national TV to go 7-7 and still be in playoff contention in game 14 for the first time in a long time. The Bucs responded by losing to the Chicago Bears by 21 points at home, then the last game of the year, with an 8-8 record within reach, Coach Wyche pulled QB Trent Dilfer in an emotional sideline explosion. Dilfer was told by backup Casey Weldon that Weldon was told by Coach Wyche to be ready, he would pull Dilfer in the second quarter no matter how good he plays. Rumour also has it Wyche knowing he would be let go by new owners without a winning record after a 5-2 start, would make the Buccaneer players wear Orange pants and Orange shirts, looking like a Creamsickle. The New Owner Malcom Glazer had enough of this, and started the search for the next coach of the Buccaneers, a search that would bring in Coach Tony Dungy. The players were in place, it was now time to add the coaches.


NFL Draft

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



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


Regular season


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 22-6 1:00 Municipal Stadium Fox 61,083 1-1
3 September 17, 1995 Chicago Bears L 25-6 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 Memorial Stadium, Clemson 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 1:00 Tampa Stadium Fox 55,703* 5-2
8 October 22, 1995 Atlanta Falcons L 24-21 1:00 Tampa Stadium Fox 66,135* 5-3
9 October 29, 1995 at Houston Oilers L 19-7 4:00 Houston Astrodome Fox 31,489 5-4
10 Bye
11 November 12, 1995 at Detroit Lions L 27-24 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 35-13 1:00 Lambeau Field Fox 59,218 6-6
14 December 3, 1995 at Minnesota Vikings L 31-17 1:00 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome Fox 52,879 6-7
15 December 10, 1995 Green Bay Packers W 13-10 8:00 Tampa Stadium ESPN 67,557* 7-7
16 December 17, 1995 at Chicago Bears L 31-10 1:00 Soldier Field Fox 49,475 7-8
17 December 23, 1995 Detroit Lions L 37-10 4:00 Tampa Stadium Fox 50,049* 7-9


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


NFC Central
view · talk · edit 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


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