When discussing the most heartbreaking seasons in Jets’ history, 2001 doesn’t seem to be brought up very often. Though other seasons have involved either more painful playoff defeats or regular season collapses, when taken as a whole, the 2001 season was truly painful.
On January 28, 2001, the Jets named Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ defensive backs coach Herman Edwards as their new head coach. Edwards replaced Al Groh, who resigned after a 9-7 finish to 2000. Though Groh was (and still is) one of only two Jets’ coaches to leave the franchise with a winning record—Bill Parcells is the other—the Jets lost their final three games and missed the playoffs. In contrast to Groh, who was a disciplinarian, Edwards was a more player-friendly coach.
The season got off to a rough start with the team losing its season opener, a 45-24 rout, at the Meadowlands to the Colts. With the Jets down 38-24 but inside the red zone in the 4th quarter, QB Vinny Testaverde fumbled, and Colts DE Chukie Nwokorie picked up the ball and returned it 95 yards for the game-sealing touchdown. The Jets were scheduled to travel to Oakland in Week 2, but the 9/11 tragedies led to the NFL taking the week off—all scheduled games were moved to Week 17, which would be played on the weekend of January 6, 2002. (More after the jump...)no comments