1995 Carolina Panthers season

1995 Carolina Panthers season

1995 Carolina Panthers season
Head coach Dom Capers
General manager Bill Polian
Owner Jerry Richardson
Home field Memorial Stadium
Clemson, South Carolina
Results
Record 7–9
Division place 3rd NFC West
Playoff finish did not qualify
Timeline
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The 1995 Carolina Panthers season was the inaugural season for the team in the National Football League. They went a surprising 7–9, given their status as an expansion team, and finished 3rd in the NFC West. The Panthers were already a playoff team in 1996.

Offseason

The Panthers were jokingly called "Buffalo Bills South," because the number of former Bills players on their roster in their first year. Quarterback Frank Reich, wide receiver Don Beebe, tight end Pete Metzelaars and linebacker Carlton Bailey had been large contributors to the Bills in the 1990s. Furthermore, the team's general manager was longtime Bills G.M. and executive Bill Polian.

Expansion Draft

Draft order Player name Position Former NFL team
Round Overall
1 2 Rod Smith Cornerback New England Patriots
2 4 Harry Boatswain Offensive tackle San Francisco 49ers
3 6 Kurt Haws Tight end Washington Redskins
4 8 Tyrone Rodgers Defensive end Seattle Seahawks
5 10 Mark Thomas Defensive end San Francisco 49ers
6 12 Tim McKyer Cornerback Pittsburgh Steelers
7 14 Curtis Whitley Center San Diego Chargers
8 16 Howard Griffith Fullback Los Angeles Rams
9 18 Greg Kragen Nose tackle Kansas City Chiefs
10 20 Cary Brabham Safety Los Angeles Raiders
11 22 Dave Garnett Linebacker Minnesota Vikings
12 24 Andre Powell Linebacker New York Giants
13 26 Dewell Brewer Running back Indianapolis Colts
14 28 Bob Christian Fullback Chicago Bears
15 30 Fred Foggie Safety Pittsburgh Steelers
16 32 Mark Carrier Wide receiver Cleveland Browns
17 34 Mark Rodenhauser Center Detroit Lions
18 36 Steve Hawkins Wide receiver New England Patriots
19 38 Brian O'Neal Running back Philadelphia Eagles
20 40 Derrick Lassic Running back Dallas Cowboys
21 42 Richard Buchanan Wide receiver Los Angeles Rams
22 44 Doug Pederson Quarterback Miami Dolphins
23 46 Vince Marrow Tight end Buffalo Bills
24 48 Larry Ryans Wide receiver Detroit Lions
25 50 Baron Rollins Guard New Orleans Saints
26 52 Williams Sims Linebacker Minnesota Vikings
27 54 Paul Butcher Linebacker Indianapolis Colts
28 56 Jack Trudeau Quarterback New York Jets
29 58 Charles Swann Wide receiver Denver Broncos
30 60 David Mims Wide receiver Atlanta Falcons
31 62 Shawn Price Defensive end Tampa Bay Buccaneers
32 63 Eric Guliford Wide receiver Minnesota Vikings
33 64 Bill Goldberg Defensive tackle Atlanta Falcons
34 65 Eric Ball Running back Cincinnati Bengals
35 66 Mike Teeter Defensive tackle Houston Oilers

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NFL Draft

Main article: 1995 NFL Draft
Round Pick Name Position College
1 5 Kerry Collins Quarterback Penn State
1 22 Tyrone Poole Defensive back Fort Valley State
1 29 Blake Brockermeyer Offensive tackle Texas
2 36 Shawn King Defensive end Northeast Louisiana
4 132 Frank Garcia Offensive guard Washington
5 135 Mike Senters Cornerback Northwestern
5 171 Andrew Peterson Offensive tackle Washington
7 209 Chad Cota Safety Oregon
7 249 Michael Reed Defensive back Boston College

Personnel

Staff

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Roster

Schedule

Preseason

Week Date Opponent Results Game site Attendance
Final score Team record
HOF July 29 at Jacksonville Jaguars W 20–14 1–0 Fawcett Stadium 24,625
1 August 4 at Chicago Bears L 15–18 1–1 Soldier Field 50,300
2 August 12 Denver Broncos W 19–10 2–1 Memorial Stadium 57,017
3 August 19 at San Francisco 49ers L 10–17 2–2 3Com Park 51,185
4 August 26 New York Giants W 6–3 3–2 Memorial Stadium 49,114

Regular season

Week Date Opponent Results Game site Attendance
Final score Team record
1 September 3 at Atlanta Falcons L 23–20 OT 0–1 Georgia Dome
58,808
2 September 10 at Buffalo Bills L 31–9 0–2 Rich Stadium
79,190
3 September 17 St. Louis Rams L 31–10 0–3 Memorial Stadium
54,060
4 Bye
5 October 1 Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 20–13 0–4 Memorial Stadium
50,076
6 October 8 at Chicago Bears L 31–27 0–5 Soldier Field
59,668
7 October 15 New York Jets W 26–15 1–5 Memorial Stadium
52,613
8 October 22 New Orleans Saints W 20–3 2–5 Memorial Stadium
55,484
9 October 29 at New England Patriots W 20–17 OT 3–5 Foxboro Stadium
60,064
10 November 5 at San Francisco 49ers W 13–7 4–5 Candlestick Park
61,722
11 November 12 at St. Louis Rams L 28–17 4–6 Trans World Dome
65,598
12 November 19 Arizona Cardinals W 27–7 5–6 Memorial Stadium
49,582
13 November 26 at New Orleans Saints L 34–26 5–7 Louisiana Superdome
39,580
14 December 3 Indianapolis Colts W 13–10 6–7 Memorial Stadium
49,841
15 December 10 San Francisco 49ers L 31–10 6–8 Memorial Stadium
76,136
16 December 17 Atlanta Falcons W 21–7 7–8 Memorial Stadium
53,833
17 December 24 at Washington Redskins L 20–17 7–9 RFK Stadium
42,903

Standings

NFC West
W L T PCT PF PA
San Francisco 49ers 11 5 0 .688 457 258
Atlanta Falcons 9 7 0 .563 362 349
St. Louis Rams 7 9 0 .438 309 418
Carolina Panthers 7 9 0 .438 289 325
New Orleans Saints 7 9 0 .438 319 348

Records

  • Most victories by an expansion team (7)[3]
  • First expansion team to have a winning record at home (5–3)[3]
  • First expansion team to have a four-game winning streak[3]
  • First expansion team to defeat a defending Super Bowl champion in its inaugural season (13–7 over the San Francisco 49ers)[3]
  • First expansion team in NFL history to win its inaugural contest (20–14 over the Jacksonville Jaguars in the Hall of Fame Game).

References