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This article details the history of the New York Jets American Football Club. City East Rutherford, New Jersey Other nicknames Gang Green, the Green and White Team colors Green and White Head Coach Eric Mangini Owner Robert Wood Johnson IV General manager Mike Tannenbaum League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960-1969) Eastern Division (1960-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American Football...


Overview

Originally known as the New York Titans, the team played home games at the Polo Grounds. But they had trouble attracting crowds despite fielding respectable teams that finished .500 (7–7) during their first two seasons. After a 5–9 season in 1962, the team's future was in doubt. It was saved from bankruptcy by a group headed by MCA head Sonny Werblin and Leon Hess, who bought the team from Harry Wismer on March 13, 1964. The Polo Grounds was the name given to four different stadiums in New York City used by Major League Baseballs New York Giants from 1883 until 1957, New York Metropolitans from 1883 until 1885, the New York Yankees from 1912 until 1922, and by the New York Mets in... 1962 (MCMLXII) was a common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1962 calendar). ... Notice of closure stuck on the door of a computer store the day after its parent company, Granville Technology Group Ltd, declared bankruptcy (strictly, put into administration - see text) in the UK. Bankruptcy is a legally declared inability or impairment of ability of a individuals or organizations to pay their... The Music Corporation of America was a United States based corporation in the music business. ... David A. Werblin (March 17, 1907 - November 21, 1991) was an owner of the New York Jets. ... Leon Hess (1914-1999) Leon Hess (13 March 1914 – May 7, 1999) was the founder of the Hess Corporation and the owner of the New York Jets. ... Harry Wismer (June 30, 1913 – December 3, 1967) was a sports broadcaster and charter owner of what became the New York Jets franchise in the American Football League. ... March 13 is the 72nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (73rd in leap years). ... 1964 (MCMLXIV) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1964 calendar). ...


After Werblin and Hess took over, the team was renamed the New York Jets as they planned to relocate from the Polo Grounds to the New York Mets' Shea Stadium one year later. Shea Stadium lies so close to LaGuardia Airport that the sound of jets roaring overhead was a common sound heard during games played there. The team's colors were also changed from blue and gold to kelly green and white, which also were the colors of Hess' gasoline stations. Major league affiliations National League (1962–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 14, 37, 41, 42 Name New York Mets (1962–present) Ballpark Shea Stadium (1964–present) The Polo Grounds (1962–1963) Major league titles World Series titles (2) 1969 â€¢ 1986 NL Pennants (4) 1969 â€¢ 1973 â€¢ 1986... William A. Shea Municipal Stadium, usually shortened to Shea Stadium, is an American baseball stadium in Flushing, New York. ... FAA diagram of LaGuardia Airport (LGA) LaGuardia Airport (IATA: LGA, ICAO: KLGA) is an airport serving New York City, United States, located on the waterfront of Flushing in the borough of Queens. ... The Hess Corporation (NYSE: HES) is an integrated oil company based in New York City. ...


Exactly one month after the sale of the team, the Jets hired Weeb Ewbank as head coach. Ewbank had won back-to-back NFL championships in 1958 and 1959 with the Baltimore Colts, and was one of the most respected coaches in the game. Wilbur Weeb Ewbank (May 6, 1907 - November 17, 1998) was an American professional football coach. ... City Indianapolis, Indiana Team colors Speed Blue and White Head Coach Tony Dungy Owner Jim Irsay General manager Bill Polian Mascot Blue League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1953–present) Western Conference (1953-1969) Coastal Division (1967-1969) American Football Conference (1970-present) AFC East (1970-2001) AFC South (2002...


Hess eventually bought out his partners, and retained sole ownership until his death. His estate sold the team to Johnson & Johnson heir Robert Wood Johnson IV in 2000. Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ) is a global American pharmaceutical, medical devices and consumer packaged goods manufacturer founded in 1886. ... Robert Wood Johnson IV is an American businessman, Chair and CEO of Johnson and Johnson, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a major fundraiser for the 2004 presidential campaign of George W. Bush. ...


Glory years: 1965–1969

In 1965, the Jets signed University of Alabama quarterback Joe Namath, who chose to sign with the Jets over the St. Louis Cardinals, the team that held his NFL rights. Namath's contract was for a then-record $427,000 annual salary. The confluence of signing Namath, as well as the Jets' moving into brand-new Shea Stadium, the Giants' poor performance since 1964, and the AFL's brand-new deal with NBC, helped to make the Jets the hottest football team in New York and one of the most popular teams nationwide. The Jets drew spectators both at home and on the road (in fact, they outdrew their entire 1962 season attendance in their first game at Shea Stadium alone) and, perhaps as much as any other factor, Namath's undisputed success with the Jets led to the landmark merger of the AFL with the NFL, to finally be consummated in 1970. The University of Alabama (also known as Alabama, UA or colloquially as Bama) is a public coeducational university located in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA. Founded in 1831, UA is the flagship campus of the University of Alabama System. ... Navy quarterback Aaron Polanco sets up to throw. ... Joseph William Namath (born May 31, 1943), also known as Broadway Joe, was an American football Hall of Fame quarterback in the American Football League and National Football League during the 1960s and 1970s. ... City Glendale, Arizona Other nicknames The Cards, The Birds, Big Red Team colors Cardinal Red, Black, and White Head Coach Ken Whisenhunt Owner William V. Bidwill General manager Rod Graves Mascot Big Red League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1920–present) Western Division (1933-1949) American Conference (1950-1952) Eastern... William A. Shea Municipal Stadium, usually shortened to Shea Stadium, is an American baseball stadium in Flushing, New York. ... 1964 (MCMLXIV) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1964 calendar). ...


The Jets improved steadily on the field after Namath's arrival. In 1967, Namath led the Jets to an 8–5–1 record, their best record yet. Namath reached a milestone by passing for 4,007 yards in 1967, a 14-game season, making him the first-ever professional quarterback to pass for 4,000 yards in a season. This was especially remarkable considering that at the time, 3,000 yards passing was considered an excellent year.


In 1968, the Jets would reach the pinnacle of their existence and provide the moment that would indicate the AFL's coming of age. Under Namath's guidance, the Jets rose to the top of the AFL, defeating the Oakland Raiders in a thrilling AFL Championship game, 27-23. The win qualified them to represent their league in a game that was being referred to for the first time as the Super Bowl (and referred to retroactively as Super Bowl III). They were pitted against the champions of the NFL, the Baltimore Colts. At the time, the AFL was considered to be inferior to the NFL, and most people considered the Jets to be considerable underdogs and treated the Jets as such. That would change three nights before the game while Namath was being honored by the Miami Touchdown Club as its Player Of The Year. Namath took exception to a heckling Colts fan and used that moment to lament the lack of respect his team had gotten to that point. He then said "The Jets will win Sunday. I guarantee it." His audacious remark proved correct, as the Jets created one of the greatest upsets in football history by defeating the Colts 16–7. This victory showed that the AFL was capable of competing with the NFL.[1] City Oakland, California Other nicknames The Silver and Black, Da Raidahs Team colors Silver and Black Head Coach Lane Kiffin Owner Al Davis General manager Michael Lombardi League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960–1969) Western Division (1960–1969) National Football League (1970–present) American Football Conference (1970–present) AFC... The winning Super Bowl team receives the Vince Lombardi Trophy. ... Date January 12, 1969 Stadium Miami Orange Bowl City Miami, Florida MVP Joe Namath, Quarterback Favorite Colts by 18 National anthem Anita Bryant Coin toss Tom Bell Referee Tom Bell Halftime show America Thanks with Florida A&M University Attendance 75,389 TV in the United States Network NBC Announcers... City Indianapolis, Indiana Team colors Speed Blue and White Head Coach Tony Dungy Owner Jim Irsay General manager Bill Polian Mascot Blue League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1953–present) Western Conference (1953-1969) Coastal Division (1967-1969) American Football Conference (1970-present) AFC East (1970-2001) AFC South (2002...


Heidi Game

Main article: Heidi Game

The 1968 season also saw the Jets involved in one of the most notorious incidents in television history, an incident that would change the way television networks carried sporting events for decades to come. On November 17, 1968, just before 7:30pm Eastern time, the Jets scored late to take a 32–29 lead over the Oakland Raiders with 1:05 left. NBC cut to a commercial, and then everywhere but the West Coast showed the movie Heidi, a show which NBC had promoted extensively for the sweeps period. Outraged fans bombarded NBC headquarters in New York with phone calls demanding the game be restored; so many phone calls were made that they eventually knocked out the NBC switchboard. Even though a decision was made to carry the game to conclusion, this decision could not be communicated, thus resulting in the movie starting on schedule. In American football, the Heidi Game refers to a famous 1968 American Football League (AFL) game between the New York Jets and the Oakland Raiders, played on November 17 in Oakland, California. ... A time zone is a region of the Earth that has adopted the same standard time, usually referred to as the local time. ... City Oakland, California Other nicknames The Silver and Black, Da Raidahs Team colors Silver and Black Head Coach Lane Kiffin Owner Al Davis General manager Michael Lombardi League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960–1969) Western Division (1960–1969) National Football League (1970–present) American Football Conference (1970–present) AFC... NBC (an abbreviation for National Broadcasting Company, its former corporate name) is an American television network headquartered in the GE Building in New York Citys Rockefeller Center. ... The examples and perspective in this article or section may not represent a worldwide view. ... In the United States the sweeps period determines local advertising rates. ...


Fans' ire was further fueled when they discovered that NBC's cutting away from the game denied them from seeing live a dramatic finish. On the Raiders' second play from scrimmage on the next drive, Daryle Lamonica threw a 46-yard touchdown pass to Charlie Smith, giving the Raiders a 36–32 lead. On the ensuing kickoff, Earl Christy of the Jets fumbled at the 10 yard line, which the Raiders' Preston Ridlehuber converted into another touchdown, ultimately giving the Raiders a 43–32 victory. Much of the country learned of this final outcome only via a bottom-of-screen crawl line shown during the movie. This incident, dubbed the Heidi Game, resulted in most television networks and sports leagues amending their television policies to ensure that games in progress would be broadcast to their conclusion, no matter what, even if it meant delaying or canceling the rest of the network's lineup, and even if the game's outcome seemed assured. In American football, the Heidi Game refers to a famous 1968 American Football League (AFL) game between the New York Jets and the Oakland Raiders, played on November 17 in Oakland, California. ...


The Jets enjoyed another excellent season in 1969, winning the AFL's Eastern Division with a 10–4 record, but lost to the Kansas City Chiefs in the divisional playoffs. City Kansas City, Missouri Team colors Red, Gold, and White Head Coach Herman Edwards Owner The Hunt Family[1] General manager Carl Peterson Mascot K.C. Wolf (1989-present) Warpaint (1963-1988) League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960-1969) Western Division (1960-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American...


The 1970s

The Jets did not live up to expectations after the AFL and NFL merged in 1970. The Jets' first game in the NFL was also the first-ever Monday Night Football game, a 31–21 loss to the Cleveland Browns. In their first season after the merger, Joe Namath broke his wrist in October and was unable to play for the rest of the season, with the Jets finishing 4–10. Another injury to Namath before the 1971 season submarined the Jets that year as well, with Bob Davis and Al Woodall leading the team to a 6–8 record. Namath was back for the 1972 season, leading the injury ravaged team to a respectable 7–7 and earning a spot on the AFC Pro Bowl Team for leading the NFL in several passing categories (as an example of how good Namath was, in 1972 he passed for 496 yards and 6 touchdowns on 15 completions against the Colts and 403 yards against the Raiders on Monday Night). After another disappointing season in 1973 in which Namath was hurt again and was replaced by Al Woodall and Bill Demory en route to a 4-10 record, coach Weeb Ewbank retired. After Ewbank's departure, Charley Winner coached the Jets in 1974, and the Jets had a late surge to finish the season 7–7 and Namath earned NFL Comeback Player of the Year. In 1975, the Jets would finish only 3–11 as John Riggins become the first Jet ever to gain more than one thousand yards rushing in a season (1,005), making the Pro Bowl. Riggins would leave the Jets to join the Washington Redskins the following year, and Winner was replaced by Lou Holtz, who had been head coach at North Carolina State University. Unfortunately for Holtz, his coaching style was not ideally suited for the NFL. He only won 3 of 13 games as Jets coach before leaving with one game left in the season to resume his college coaching career at the University of Arkansas. The AFL-NFL Merger of 1970 involved the merger of the two major professional American football leagues in the United States during the time: the National Football League (NFL) and the American Football League (AFL). ... Monday Night Football (MNF) is a live television broadcast of the National Football League. ... ... The 1970 NFL season was the 51st regular season of the National Football League, and the first one after the AFL-NFL Merger. ... Joseph William Namath (born May 31, 1943), also known as Broadway Joe, was an American football Hall of Fame quarterback in the American Football League and National Football League during the 1960s and 1970s. ... Al Woodall (born December 7, 1945) was an American football player. ... The Pro Bowl is the National Football Leagues all-star game. ... Wilbur Weeb Ewbank (May 6, 1907 - November 17, 1998) was an American professional football coach. ... John Riggins (born August 4, 1949, in Seneca, Kansas) is a former American Football running back, playing from 1971-1985. ... City Landover, Maryland Other nicknames The Skins Team colors Burgundy and Gold Head Coach Joe Gibbs Owner Dan Snyder Fight song Hail to the Redskins League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1932–present) Eastern Division (1933-1949) American Conference (1950-1952) Eastern Conference (1953-1969) Capitol Division (1967-1969) National... Lou Holtz (born Louis Leo Holtz on January 6, 1937 in Follansbee, West Virginia) is a former NCAA football head coach, and is currently an author and a motivational speaker who has spoken to the likes of Fortune 500 companies on topics such as the importance of teamwork and goal... North Carolina State University is a public, coeducational, extensive research university located in Raleigh, North Carolina, United States. ... The University of Arkansas known also as the U of A or UA, is a public co-educational land-grant university. ...


Namath's career mirrored the Jets after the AFL-NFL merger became final in 1970. He missed much of the 1970, 1971, and 1973 seasons due to injuries, most notably to his ravaged knees, which robbed him of his mobility and much of his effectiveness. He would not throw more touchdowns than interceptions in a season after the merger, and in fact only had two post-merger seasons (1972 and 1974) where his performance could have been classified as reasonably successful. (The Jets also had relative success in those years as well, finishing 7–7 both years.) After a terrible 1976 season in which Namath only threw 4 touchdown passes against 16 interceptions in 11 games, Namath was waived by the Jets when a trade couldn't be worked out to facilitate his move to the Los Angeles Rams. He would play only four games for the Rams before announcing his retirement at the end of the season, at the relatively young age of 34. Although Namath would make the Hall of Fame, it was widely acknowledged that he made it on his performance through the 1969 season, for his role in leading the Jets to a victory in Super Bowl III, and for his being a transcendent icon, the likes of which pro football had not seen. The St. ... The Pro Football Hall of Fame is the National Football Leagues Hall of Fame. ...


After Namath's departure, Walt Michaels was hired for the 1977 season and stayed with the team for six years. In Michaels's first year, the Jets finished 3–11 for the third straight year. However, the Jets were rejuvenated for the 1978 season, with unheralded quarterback Matt Robinson replacing Richard Todd and throwing for 2,000 yards and the team finishing 8–8. The Jets were actually 8–6 after the first 14 games and had a chance at a playoff berth, but they lost their final two games. Richard Todd again took over under center for the 1979 season and did even better, but the Jets again finished 8–8. Walt Michaels In 1978. ... Matt Robinson (January 1, 1937 - August 5, 2002) was an American actor. ... Richard Todd was a great quarterback for the New York Jets during the late 1970s to the 1980s. ...


The 1980s

1980

Todd imploded with a 30-interception season in 1980, and the team went down with him, finishing 4–12, last place in the AFC East. The lowest point was a 21-20 loss to the then 0-14 New Orleans Saints,who would eventually finish 1-15.


1981

That 1981 season was the Jets' first winning season since joining the NFL. The Jets would finish 10–5–1 and make the playoffs for the first time since 1969 on Richard Todd's 3,231 yards passing and 25 touchdowns, most of them to Wesley Walker and Jerome Barkum. A late comeback in their first playoff game, against the Buffalo Bills, was stopped when Todd threw an interception deep in Bills territory in the final minute, and the Jets were eliminated. Richard Todd was a great quarterback for the New York Jets during the late 1970s to the 1980s. ... Wesley Walker was a wide receiver for the New York Jets from 1977 to 1989. ... Jerome Barkum was a wide receiver in the NFL. He played his entire career with the New York Jets. ... City Orchard Park, New York Team colors Dark Navy, light blue, Red, light Red, Royal, Nickel, and White Head Coach Dick Jauron Owner Ralph C. Wilson Jr. ...


One of the Jets' bright spots for the 1981 season was their defensive line. Mark Gastineau and Joe Klecko anchored the "New York Sack Exchange" and combined for more than 40 quarterback sacks. The line also featured Marty Lyons and Abdul Salaam. Marcus Dell Gastineau (born November 20, 1956) is a former American football player for the New York Jets who played ten seasons from 1979 to 1988 in the National Football League. ... Joe Klecko (born October 15, 1953) is a former American Football defensive end who played for the New York Jets (1977-1987), and the Indianapolis Colts (1988). ... The New York Sack Exchange was a nickname give to the defensive line of the 1981-1983 Jets. ... Marty Lyons (born January 15, 1957) is a former American Football defensive tackle who played his whole eleven year career from 1979 to 1989 with the New York Jets in the National Football League. ... Abdul Salaam (born Larry Faulk) was a defensive lineman with the New York Jets American Football team in the late 1970s and early 1980s. ...


1982

In strike-shortened 1982 season, the Jets finished 6–3, despite losing Joe Klecko to a devastating knee injury in an early-season game at New England. An offense led by that season's leading rusher Freeman McNeil and the continued improvement of quarterback Richard Todd, helped compensate for the loss of their best defensive player and the Jets shaky special teams play (Pat Leahy missed 5 extra points). In the first round of the playoffs, McNeil ran for over 200 yards as they upset the defending AFC champion Cincinnati Bengals, 44-17. The Jets then defeated the top seeded Los Angeles Raiders, 17-14, in a game that saw a lot of turnovers on both sides, and a career game from wide receiver Wesley Walker. The Jets then traveled (their sixth straight road game) to face the Miami Dolphins in the AFC Championship Game. The game was proceeded by a series of storms that turned the Miami Orange Bowl into a nasty mud pit. During the storms, Miami Coach Don Shula famously refused to cover the Orange Bowl field with a tarpaulin. This move favored the straight-ahead running style of Miami's running back Andra Franklin over McNeil's "stutter-step" in which he eluded tacklers rather than hit them head on. In what was dubbed the Mud Bowl, neither team could manage much offense (both teams gained less than 200 yards) but at the end of his best season, Todd threw five interceptions, the last being an embarrassing screen pass deflected and returned by linebacker A.J. Duhe for a costly 4th quarter touchdown as the Jets fell to the Dolphins 14-0. Walt Michaels was forced to resign after the game and took a job in the short-lived United States Football League. City Cincinnati, Ohio Team colors Black, Orange and White Head Coach Marvin Lewis Owner Mike Brown Mascot Who Dey League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1968-1969) Western Division (1968-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American Football Conference (1970-present) AFC Central (1970-2001) AFC North (2002-present) Team... City Oakland, California Other nicknames The Silver and Black, Da Raidahs Team colors Silver and Black Head Coach Lane Kiffin Owner Al Davis General manager Michael Lombardi League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960–1969) Western Division (1960–1969) National Football League (1970–present) American Football Conference (1970–present) AFC... City Miami Gardens, Florida Other nicknames The Fins, The Fish Team colors Aqua, Coral and Navy Head Coach Cam Cameron Owner Wayne Huizenga General manager Randy Mueller Mascot T. D. League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1966-1969) Eastern Division (1966-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American Football Conference... AFC Championship Game is a football game played every year to determine the champion of the American Football Conference of the National Football League. ... The Miami Orange Bowl is a stadium in the City of Miami, Florida, near downtown. ... The United States Football League was a professional American football league that played three seasons between 1983 and 1985. ...


1983

Joe Walton was the new coach for the 1983 season, and he led the team to a 7–9 season. After the 1983 season, the Jets lease with the city for the use of Shea Stadium had expired, and the Jets would need to cut a new deal. However, the renewal deal was highly unfavorable to the Jets, including terms such as that the Jets could not play a home game until the Mets' season was over, which would have forced the Jets to play at least the first month of the regular season on the road. The Jets had faced onerous lease terms at Shea for some years before then; often the Mets would use their status as the stadium's primary tenant to force the Jets on long road trips early in the season. Joe Walton(born 1936) A noted coach in college and professional football. ...


Essentially evicted from Shea, in 1983 the Jets reached an agreement with the New Jersey Sports and Exhibition Authority to play their home games at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey beginning in 1984.


1984: Move to the Meadowlands

By the late 1970's, Shea Stadium had become run down. Ill maintained (pipes would often burst in the restrooms in cold weather), with poor sightlines for many football seats, and with a low (by NFL standards) seating capacity, it was a poor football facility. The fact that the Mets were the primary tenant meant that the Jets were barred from playing preseason games there, and could not play at home until the Mets finished their season. In 1973, as the Mets made the World Series, the Jets were forced to move an expected home game to the road team's home, playing their first six games on the road (and finishing with only six home games).


In 1978, the Jets sought to move to the Meadowlands. Lawsuits were filed by both the team and the city. The suits were settled, and the team was permitted to play one home game at the Meadowlands in 1978, and would be allowed to play two September home games at Shea each year. Significant improvements to the stadium by the city were promised (but were never carried out). In exchange, the Jets promised to remain at Shea through the 1983 season.


By 1983, it was clear the Jets would move once their obligation ended. Compared with 1978, there was relatively little fuss or controversy, and the Jets duly left for New Jersey for the 1984 season.


Despite admittedly being the second tenant at the Meadowlands, the stadium was considered one of the best in the NFL and allowed the Jets to realize revenue streams and flexibility they would not have realized if they had remained at Shea Stadium. It also enabled the Jets to sell over 15,000 more tickets to each game and to better leverage the New York area fan base and corporate support. For their part, the Giants welcomed the Jets, as the Jets presence at the Meadowlands would eventually enable both teams to gain improvements and upgrades to the facility that the Giants may not have been able to secure by themselves.


However, the stadium was painted in the Giants' red and blue color scheme, with decidedly temporary-looking modifications for Jets games, including stadium employees waving enormous Jets flags at the back of each end zone and a flimsy, windblown Jets mural covering the blue inner stadium wall. Moreover, the Giants had a tremendous head start in attracting fans close to its New Jersey home, whereas the Jets' fan base remained on Long Island. Without rail service between Long Island and New Jersey Turnpike Exit 16w (the nondescript wetlands area where the Meadowlands is located) Jets fans faced a difficult trek through several layers of dense New York Metro-area traffic on game days.


Despite the move to Giants Stadium, the Jets organization made the decision to not change the team name to reflect the new location of its home stadium. This mirrored the decision made by the Giants in 1976 when they moved, and originated from the fact that, although the stadium was in New Jersey, the team continued to represent all of Metropolitan New York and the Tri-State area. Furthermore, despite being in a different state, the Jets' new home was closer to Times Square and midtown Manhattan than Shea Stadium was, as the crow flies—although considerably farther from the team's Long Island Hofstra University offices and training facilities. Times Square Times Square is the name given to a principal intersection at the junction of Broadway and Seventh Avenue and stretching from West 42nd to West 47th Streets in the New York City borough of Manhattan. ... The Borough of Manhattan, highlighted in yellow, lies between the East River and the Hudson River. ... As the Crow Flies is a novel by Jeffrey Archer. ...


In 1984, their first season at their new home, veteran quarterback Pat Ryan would start, 1983 first round draft pick Ken O'Brien would eventually take over at quarterback; but the team stumbled to a 7–9 record. In 1985 O'Brien threw 25 touchdowns (including 7 to Mickey Shuler and 5 to Wesley Walker) with only 8 interceptions, and four different rushers combined for 18 touchdowns on the ground. The Jets made the playoffs with an 11–5 record, and hosted their first playoff game in 16 years; however they were defeated in the first round by the eventual AFC champion New England Patriots 26–14. Ken OBrien (born 1960) was an American football quarterback who played in the National Football League for the New York Jets and Philadelphia Eagles. ... Mickey Charles Shuler (born August 21, 1956 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania) is a former professional American football tight end from 1978 to 1991. ... Wesley Walker was a wide receiver for the New York Jets from 1977 to 1989. ... City Foxborough, Massachusetts Other nicknames The Pats Team colors Nautical Blue, New Century Silver, Red, and White Head Coach Bill Belichick Owner Robert Kraft General manager Bill Belichick Mascot Pat Patriot League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960–69) Eastern Division (1960–69) National Football League (1970–present) American Football...


1986

The Jets looked to improve on that mark for the 1986 season, with the team winning 9 straight games to start the season at 10–1. Wesley Walker caught 12 touchdowns, with second-year player Al Toon catching 8. The team slid through December, losing five straight to finish 10–6. Pat Ryan was named the starting quarterback for the playoffs, and they defeated the Kansas City Chiefs handily in the first round. However, a late collapse in Cleveland against the Browns in their divisional playoff matchup led to a double-overtime winning field goal by Mark Moseley would deny the Jets a berth in the AFC Championship game. Late in the Cleveland game, one of the most infamous plays in Jets history occurred when Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar threw an incomplete pass on 2nd down and 24, but the Browns were awarded a first down when Mark Gastineau was penalized for roughing the passer, giving them a first down at the Browns 33, from where they would get first a touchdown and then in the closing seconds of regulation a game-tying field goal. Al Toon is a former American Football wide receiver who played his entire career with the New York Jets of the NFL. Categories: Sports stubs | National Football League players ... Mark DeWayne Moseley (born 1948 in Lanesville, Texas), is a former professional American football placekicker who played for the Philadelphia Eagles (1970), the Houston Oilers (1971-1972), the Washington Redskins (1974-1986), and the Cleveland Browns (1986). ... Bernie Joseph Kosar, Jr. ...


1987–1989

In 1987, the Jets again stumbled through December, but this time they missed the playoffs with a 6–9 record. The mercurial Gastineau shocked the team by retiring midway through the 1988 season to tend to the health of his then-fiancee,actress Brigette Nielsen. In spite of Gastineau's sudden departure, the Jets finished 8–7–1, short of a playoff spot in the competitive AFC wild-card race. A highlight of their 1988 season was their defeat of the New York Giants in the final game of the season, thus denying the Giants a playoff berth. The team went into a tailspin in 1989, finishing 4–12 and resulting in the firing of coach Joe Walton. Walton had been unpopular for many years and had to endure frequent chants of "Joe Must Go" during home games, especially during the final 1989 season. Brigitte Nielsen as Red Sonja (1985) Brigitte Nielsen (born July 15, 1963 in Rødovre, Denmark as Gitte Nielsen) is a Danish actress who became very popular in 1980s B-movies, most notably as the titular character in Red Sonja, due to her stature (she stands at 6 ft 1... In North American professional sports leagues, the term wild card refers to a team that qualifies for the championship playoffs without winning their specific subdivision (usually called a conference or division) outright. ... City East Rutherford, New Jersey Other nicknames Big Blue Wrecking Crew, Big Blue, G-Men, The Jints, The New York Football Giants Team colors Royal Blue, Red, Gray, and White Head Coach Tom Coughlin Owner John Mara (50%) and Steve Tisch (50%) General manager Jerry Reese League/Conference affiliations National... Joe Walton(born 1936) A noted coach in college and professional football. ...


1990–1996

1990–1991

After the 1989 season, the Jets hired Dick Steinberg from the New England Patriots to be the franchise's General Manager. As a Patriots executive, Steinberg had helped lead the Patriots to their first Super Bowl appearance in 1985. Prior to Steinberg's arrival, the Jets did not have an individual primarily and directly responsible for the on-field product. One of Steinberg's first moves was to hire Bruce Coslet, offensive coordinator of the Cincinnati Bengals as head coach. Coslet's offensive schemes had helped lead the Bengals to the 1988 Super Bowl where they very nearly defeated the San Francisco 49ers. Steinberg and Coslet let most of the key players from the 1980s go and built from scratch. Ken O'Brien was on the downside of his career, and the team finished 6–10. In 1991, with Brad Baxter tallying a career-high 11 rushing touchdowns, the Jets improved to 8–8, winning their season finale against the Miami Dolphins to earn a trip to the playoffs. At the same time, they denied the rival Dolphins a trip to the playoffs. Despite their modest regular season record, the Jets played a close game against the Houston Oilers in their opening-round playoff game, losing 17–10. Bruce Coslet is an American football coach who has been the head coach for the New York Jets and the Cincinnati Bengals. ... City San Francisco, California Other nicknames Niners, The Red And Gold, Bay Bombers Team colors Cardinal red, metallic gold and black Head Coach Mike Nolan Owner Denise DeBartolo York and John York General manager none Mascot Sourdough Sam League/Conference affiliations All-America Football Conference (1946-1949) Western Division (1946... Brad Baxter was a running back in the NFL. He played his entire career with the Jets. ... City Miami Gardens, Florida Other nicknames The Fins, The Fish Team colors Aqua, Coral and Navy Head Coach Cam Cameron Owner Wayne Huizenga General manager Randy Mueller Mascot T. D. League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1966-1969) Eastern Division (1966-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American Football Conference... City New Orleans, Louisiana Team colors Old Gold, Black, and White Head Coach Sean Payton Owner Tom Benson General manager Mickey Loomis Mascot Gumbo League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1967–present) Eastern Conference (1967-1969) Capitol Division (1967; 1969) Century Division (1968) National Football Conference (1970-present) NFC West...


1992–1993

After their successful 1991 season, Jets fans expectations were high. Coslet chose second-year quarterback Browning Nagle as their starter over Ken O'Brien, which came as somewhat of a surprise at first, but Nagle had shown some promise and seemed to be ready to take the job. Unfortunately for the Jets, Nagle was not up for the job and the Jets disappointed fans with a 4–12 finish. The year was marked by a near-tragedy in November when defensive lineman Dennis Byrd was temporarily paralyzed when he collided with teammate Scott Mersereau in a home game against Kansas City. Thanks to what -- at the time -- was a relatively untested steroid treatment, Byrd was able to walk again in a matter of months. Browning Nagle (born April 4, 1968 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) was a quarterback for the NFLs New York Jets, Indianapolis Colts, and Atlanta Falcons. ... Dennis Byrd played defensive tackle for the New York Jets of the National Football League. ... Steroid skeleton of lanosterol. ...


After the 1992 season, having again identified the quarterback position as a position of need, the Jets traded a third-round pick for longtime Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Boomer Esiason. Coslet and Esiason worked together in Cincinnati successfully and the hope was that they could continue that success with the Jets. Although a mid-season winning streak gave Jets fans hope, they missed the playoffs at 8–8 with a loss to Houston in their final game. Coslet was fired as head coach and replaced by Pete Carroll. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Peter C. Carroll (born September 15, 1951, in San Francisco, California) is the current head coach of the University of Southern California football team, having held that position since 2001. ...


Off the field, the Jets also enjoyed a boost in their local profile when WFAN-AM, one of the highest profile stations in the country, acquired the radio rights to the Jets. Although WFAN had contracts with other New York-area professional teams, they lacked a contract with a pro football franchise, and when WCBS-AM decided to not renew the sports rights packages they had acquired, WFAN took advantage of the opportunity to cover the Jets. The strength of the clear-channel WFAN signal, as well as the fact that the Jets would be carried on a dedicated sports-radio station with a rabid and loyal following, gave the Jets a broader reach and visibility with their potential audience that they had not enjoyed previously. Sportsradio 66 WFAN AM 660 kHz, often reffered to as The FAN is a radio station in the city of New York. ... WCBS-AM 880 is a Class A 50,000 watt radio station broadcasting from New York City featuring an all news and format. ...


1994–1996: Carroll and Kotite era

Optimism was high for the 1994 season when the Jets started the season 6–5 and played Miami on November 27. The Jets won a number of dramatic games, including a thrilling home overtime win against the Denver Broncos. However, the season was defined by the game against the Dolphins, and specifically a play from Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino. After the Jets had dominated the Dolphins for much of the afternoon, Marino fooled Jet defender Aaron Glenn into thinking that he would spike the ball to stop the clock, then threw the winning touchdown to Mark Ingram with less than a minute left for an improbable victory. The play came to be known as "The Fake Spike," and ultimately would prove an unrecoverable blow to the Jets' momentum. The Jets would lose their last four games, finishing the season 6–10, last place in the AFC East. Carroll was fired after only one season and replaced by former Philadelphia Eagles coach Rich Kotite. City Denver, Colorado Other nicknames Orange Crush Team colors Orange, Broncos Navy Blue, and White [1] Head Coach Mike Shanahan Owner Pat Bowlen General manager Ted Sundquist Mascot Miles League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960-1969) Western Division (1960-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American Football Conference (1970... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Mark Ingram is a former American Football wide receiver who played for the New York Giants (1987-1992), Miami Dolphins (1993-1994), Green Bay Packers (1995), and the Philadelphia Eagles (1996). ... City Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Team colors Midnight Green, Black, White, and Silver Head Coach Andy Reid Owner Jeffrey Lurie General manager Tom Heckert Fight song Fly, Eagles Fly Mascot Swoop League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1933–present) Eastern Division (1933-1949) American Conference (1950-1952) Eastern Conference (1953-1969) Capitol... Rich Kotite is a former National Football League player and coach. ...


Unfortunately, Kotite (a former Jets assistant) proved to be an even worse hire than Carroll. During Kotite's two-year term in New York, the Jets won only four games: a 3–13 record in 1995, and 1–15 in 1996, in both cases the worst in the NFL. Having lost his last seven games as the Eagles' coach, Kotite finished his NFL head coaching career with a 4–35 record in his final 39 games—one of the worst prolonged stretches for an NFL head coach in history. The only good thing that came out of Rich Kotite's tenure with the Jets was the development of a small school college receiver named Wayne Chrebet. Chrebet, who went to Hofstra, went on to be a fan favorite for the Jets, wearing his famous number 80. Wayne Chrebet (born August 14, 1973, Garfield, New Jersey) was an American Football player who played 11 seasons as a wide receiver for the New York Jets of the NFL from 1995 to 2005. ... Hofstra University is a coeducational institution located in Hempstead, Long Island, New York (USA) founded in 1935 on the basis of the estate of William and Kate Hofstra. ...


1997–2000: Bill Parcells era

Beginning

After the 1996 season, the Jets would go on to enjoy a sort of resurgence in relatively short order. New England Patriots coach Bill Parcells, fresh off of leading the Patriots to a Super Bowl, left Foxboro to take the Jets' coaching job for the 1997 season. Parcells was attracted not only by a return to the New York area, where he had enjoyed his greatest success with the Giants, but also by the opportunity to both coach and have full control over personnel decisions. Parcells had craved this dual role in New England, and was quoted as saying that "if (he) cooks the meal, (he) should be able to buy the groceries." This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Foxboro Stadium (or Foxborough Stadium) was an outdoor sports venue located in Foxborough, Massachusetts. ...


The draft picks the Jets received set the stage for a quick turnaround in the late 1990s, most notably Keyshawn Johnson, a wide receiver from USC who was picked #1 overall. The pick of Johnson not only gave the Jets a skill position player they desperately needed, but an on-field identity and swagger the team had lacked since the days of Joe Namath. The results were immediate. Neil O'Donnell, formerly of the Pittsburgh Steelers, threw for 17 touchdowns in his only full year as the Jets' starting quarterback, and Adrian Murrell ran for 1,000 yards. The Jets finished 9–7, but missed the playoffs, in part because of a somewhat curious call by Parcells against the Detroit Lions. Parcells had Leon Johnson throw a halfback option, which was intercepted. After that play, Barry Sanders took over the game and went over the 2,000 yard rushing mark on the year. Overall, the Jets enjoyed an eight game turnaround and quickly won back the respect of the league and their fans. Keyshawn Johnson (born July 22, 1972 in Los Angeles, California) is an American football wide receiver for the Carolina Panthers. ... The wide receiver (WR) position in American and Canadian football is the pass-catching specialist. ... It has been suggested that Tailback U be merged into this article or section. ... Neil Kennedy ODonnell (born July 3, 1966 in Morristown, New Jersey) is a former AFC quarterback who played for 14 seasons from 1990 to 2003. ... City Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Team colors Black and Gold Head Coach Mike Tomlin Owner Dan Rooney General manager Kevin Colbert League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1993–present) Eastern Division (1933–1943; 1945–1949) Western Division (1944) American Conference (1950–1952) Eastern Conference (1953–1969) Century Division (1967–1969) American Football... Adrian Murrell (born October 16, 1970 in Fayetteville, North Carolina) was a National Football League player from 1993 to 2003 for the New York Jets, Arizona Cardinals, Washington Redskins, and Dallas Cowboys. ... City Detroit, Michigan Team colors Honolulu Blue, Silver, and Black Head Coach Rod Marinelli Owner William Clay Ford, Sr. ... Barry David Sanders (born July 16, 1968) is a Hall of Fame American football running back from the NFL who spent his entire professional career with the Detroit Lions. ...


1998

Looking to build on his 1997 success, Parcells signed Patriots running back Curtis Martin and Baltimore Ravens quarterback Vinny Testaverde as free agents in time for the 1998 season, which turned out to be the most successful for the team since the 1960s. At Parcells' urging, the Jets also reverted to their classic logo and uniform style, although with a darker shade of green. Parcells said that when he was a young coach, he would see the successful late-60's Jets practice in those uniforms, and Parcells associated that uniform and logo with those of a successful team. High school running back A running back, halfback, tailback or wingback is the position of a player on an American and Canadian football team who lines up in the offensive backfield. ... Curtis Martin (born May 1, 1973 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania), is an American football running back, an alumnus of Taylor Allderdice High School and the University of Pittsburgh, and currently plays for the NFLs New York Jets. ... City Baltimore, Maryland Team colors Purple, Black, and Gold Head Coach Brian Billick Owner Steve Bisciotti General manager Ozzie Newsome Mascot Edgar, Allan, and Poe League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1996–present) American Football Conference (1996-present) AFC Central (1996-2001) AFC North (2002-present) Team history Baltimore Ravens... Vincent Frank Testaverde (born November 13, 1963 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American football quarterback for the National Football Leagues New England Patriots. ... In North American professional sports, particularly baseball, football, and basketball, a free agent is a team player whose contract with a team has expired, and the player is able to sign a contract with another team. ...


Parcells high-profile personnel moves paid immediate dividends. After starting Glenn Foley in the first couple games Parcells went to Testaverde who ended up throwing 29 touchdowns, Martin ran for 1,287 yards and 8 touchdowns, while both Keyshawn Johnson and Wayne Chrebet had 1,000 yards receiving. The Jets won 10 of their last 11 games and finished the season 12–4, setting a team record for wins in a season. After a first-round bye, the Jets beat the Jacksonville Jaguars in their divisional home playoff game, winning 34–24 on a game-ending interception by Keyshawn Johnson. The playoff game was the first home playoff game the Jets had since 1986, when they defeated Kansas City 35-15 in a wild-card game. Although New York enjoyed a 10–0 lead in the third quarter of the AFC championship against the Denver Broncos, Testaverde threw two late interceptions and Denver running back Terrell Davis burned the Jets for 167 yards and a touchdown as the Broncos won 23–10. Wayne Chrebet (born August 14, 1973, Garfield, New Jersey) was an American Football player who played 11 seasons as a wide receiver for the New York Jets of the NFL from 1995 to 2005. ... Look up bye in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... City Jacksonville, Florida Other nicknames The Jags Team colors Teal, Black, and Gold Head Coach Jack Del Rio Owner Wayne Weaver General manager James Harris Mascot Jaxson de Ville League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1995–present) American Football Conference (1995-present) AFC Central (1995-2001) AFC South (2002-present... Terrell Lamar Davis (born October 28, 1972 in San Diego, California) is a former American football running back who played for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League from 1995 to 2001. ...


1999

The Jets' hopes for the 1999 season were dashed in their first game against the New England Patriots, when, on the first play of the second quarter, Testaverde ruptured his Achilles tendon. Backup QB Rick Mirer took over, quarterbacking the Jets to a 4–6 record, after which Ray Lucas took over. Lucas lost his first two starts but after won his next 4 to give the Jets an 8–8 record. Posterior view of the foot and leg, showing the Achilles tendon (tendo calcaneus). ...


Before the 1999 season, Leon Hess, longtime owner of the Jets, died at age 85. Hess had hired Parcells, and Parcells' role under the new ownership was unclear. As had happened when Parcells was in New England, the ownership that hired him soon was succeeded by new ownership. Despite new owner Woody Johnson's desire to keep Parcells as head coach, Parcells stepped down as head coach at the season's end. However, he remained the team's Chief of Football Operations.


Legacy

Parcells' handpicked successor, Bill Belichick, resigned after one day on the job and ended up taking the head coaching job with the Patriots. The Jets would eventually receive a first round draft pick for Belichick's rights. After Belichick's departure, Parcells promoted longtime assistant Al Groh from linebacker coach to head coach for the 2000 season. Once Al Groh became Jets head coach the first move was to trade Keyshawn Johnson to the Tampa Bay Bucs for a first round pick. Rumors cirrulated New York, that Groh didn't want to handle a guy like Johnson who had such a strong persona. Keyshawn made a comment before the Jets traveled down to Flordia to face the Bucs that he was like a star in the sky and Wayne Chrebet, his former teamate, was like a flashlight. In the game down in Tampa Chrebet went on to out-play Johnson, scoring a touchdown on an option pass from Martin to win the game for New York. For the rest of the year Chrebet was known as the Green Lantern. The Jets won 6 of their first 7 games, capped by the biggest comeback in Monday Night Football history against the Dolphins. Down 30–7 entering the fourth quarter, the Jets exploded for 30 points in the last 15 minutes, and John Hall kicked the winning field goal in overtime. It came to be known as "The Monday Night Miracle". It was the highlight of the season, but they only won 3 of their last 9 games, finishing at 9–7 and out of the playoffs. Behind the scenes, the Jet players, because they felt overworked and fed up with Groh's militaristic style, staged a near-mutiny against their coach [1]. Groh resigned after his first season to coach the team at his alma mater, the University of Virginia. Parcells would also leave the organization after the 2000 season, to be replaced by Kansas City Chiefs executive Terry Bradway. William Stephen Belichick (born April 16, 1952) is the American football coach of the New England Patriots of the National Football League. ... Al Groh (born July 13, 1944 in New York City, New York) is the current head coach of the University of Virginia college football team and the former head coach of the New York Jets of the NFL. Groh has over 38 years of professional and collegiate coaching experience; This... Monday Night Football (MNF) is a live television broadcast of the National Football League. ... John Hall (born March 17, 1974 in Port Charlotte, Florida) is an American football player, who currently is a placekicker for the Washington Redskins. ... The University of Virginia (also called U.Va. ...


2001–2005: Herman Edwards era

Under new coach Herman Edwards, who was the assistant head coach and defensive backs coach under Tony Dungy with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Jets were streaky through the 2001 season in a highly competitive AFC East. The team managed to salvage a wild card playoff berth with a 53-yard game-winning field goal against the Oakland Raiders in the final minute, forcing a rematch with the Raiders in the opening postseason game. The results were different, however, as Oakland running back Charlie Garner sealed the game with an 80-yard touchdown on third down to extend the Raiders' lead to 38-24 with 87 seconds left. During that play, many Jets fans felt that safety Victor Green was held to allow Garner to break through the line, but no penalty was called. In the end, the point became moot, as the Jets were unable to move the ball subsequently. Herman Lee Herm Edwards, Jr. ... Anthony Kevin Tony Dungy [DUN-jee] (born October 6, 1955) is a former professional American football player and the current head coach of the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League. ... City Tampa Bay, Florida Other nicknames The Bucs, Pewter Pirates Team colors Buccaneer Red, Pewter, Black, and Orange Head Coach Jon Gruden Owner Malcolm Glazer General manager Bruce Allen Mascot Captain Fear League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1976–present) American Football Conference (1976) AFC West (1976) National Football Conference... Charlie Garner (born February 13, 1972), is a former American football running back. ...


2002

The AFC East proved to be even more competitive in 2002, with all four teams in the race well into December. Testaverde was benched early in the season with the team at 1-4, and replaced with Chad Pennington, who proved to be the spark the Jets needed. Pennington threw 22 touchdowns and only 6 interceptions, and a final-week win over the Green Bay Packers, coupled with a Patriots win over the Dolphins, gave them the AFC East title at 9-7. The Jets cruised through the opening playoff game with a 41-0 blowout of the Indianapolis Colts, but collapsed in the second half against the eventual AFC champion Raiders in the divisional playoff. Chad Pennington (born June 26, 1976 in Knoxville, Tennessee) is an American football quarterback for the NFLs New York Jets. ... City Green Bay, Wisconsin Team colors Dark Green, Gold, and White Head Coach Mike McCarthy Owner 111,967 stockholders Chairman Bob Harlan General manager Ted Thompson Fight song Go! You Packers! Go! League/Conference affiliations Independent (1919-1920) National Football League (1921–present) Western Division (1933-1949) National Conference (1950... City Indianapolis, Indiana Team colors Speed Blue and White Head Coach Tony Dungy Owner Jim Irsay General manager Bill Polian Mascot Blue League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1953–present) Western Conference (1953-1969) Coastal Division (1967-1969) American Football Conference (1970-present) AFC East (1970-2001) AFC South (2002...


2003

The Jets lost several players to free agency in the off-season, many to the Washington Redskins; these players were known as the "Jetskins", including starting wide receiver Laveranues Coles (Coles would later return to the team through a trade with the Redskins for another young Jet WR, Santana Moss.) Additionally, a pre-season injury to Pennington, a broken wrist during a game against the Giants, would adversely affect the Jets throughout 2003. It would be Testaverde (whose injury in the 1999 season opener similarly set the tone for the year) who was called upon to take over. Though Testaverde gave his best effort, and Pennington came back midway through the season, it was not enough. The Jets finished 6-10. City Landover, Maryland Other nicknames The Skins Team colors Burgundy and Gold Head Coach Joe Gibbs Owner Dan Snyder Fight song Hail to the Redskins League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1932–present) Eastern Division (1933-1949) American Conference (1950-1952) Eastern Conference (1953-1969) Capitol Division (1967-1969) National... Santana Moss (born June 1, 1979 in Miami, Florida) is an American football player who currently plays wide receiver for the Washington Redskins of the NFL. // College Career Moss played college football at the University of Miami, where he broke the schools record for most receiving yards (with 2...


2004

Pennington was healthy again for the start of the 2004 season, and the Jets started the season 5-0 before losing 2 of their next 3. Despite struggling down the stretch and having Pennington miss three games (later revealed to be an injured rotator cuff), the Jets finished with a 10-6 record and earned a wild-card berth. The 2004 New York Jets season saw the team try to improve on its 6-10 2003 record. ...


Herman Edwards' team faced the AFC West champion San Diego Chargers in the opening round, a team that featured Pro Bowlers Drew Brees, LaDainian Tomlinson, and Antonio Gates. The Jets took advantage of San Diego miscues and what some felt was an overly conservative strategy by the Chargers. But with the Jets leading, 17-10, with under 20 seconds left in regulation, Jets linebacker Eric Barton was penalized for roughing the passer, nullifying Brees' fourth down incompletion and giving San Diego a first down from the one-yard line. Brees threw a touchdown to tight end Gates on the following play, setting up overtime. Chargers rookie kicker Nate Kaeding missed a 40-yard field goal late in the extra period, allowing the Jets to come back down the field. Kicker Doug Brien won the game for the Jets with a 28-yard field goal with five seconds remaining in overtime. City San Diego, California Other nicknames Bolts, Super Chargers Team colors Navy Blue, White, and Gold Head Coach Marty Schottenheimer Owner Alex Spanos George Pernicano (Minority owner (3%)) General manager A.J. Smith Fight song San Diego Super Chargers League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960-1969) Western Division (1960... The Pro Bowl is the National Football Leagues all-star game. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... LaDainian Tomlinson (born June 23, 1979) is an American football player who currently plays running back for the San Diego Chargers of the National Football League. ... Antonio Gates (born June 18, 1980 in Detroit, Michigan) is a football tight end for the San Diego Chargers of the NFL. Hes listed as 6 feet, 4 inches tall, and 260 pounds. ...


The game sent the Jets to the divisional round against the 15-1 Pittsburgh Steelers. In the divisional round, the Jets played the heavily favored Steelers extremely tough. While the offense struggled producing only a field goal, a punt return by Santana Moss and interception return by Reggie Tongue kept the Jets in the game. With the score tied at 17-17 late in the fourth quarter, Doug Brien lined up for a 47-yard field goal attempt that would have put the Jets up. However it hit the cross beam of the goal post just short of being successful.


Despite this the Jets came through yet again, with an interception by cornerback David Barrett on the next play. Rather than try to drive for a touchdown or otherwise get closer for a game-winning field goal, the Jets seemed content to settle for a 43-yard field goal attempt that would have given the Jets the win—ironically, the same unsuccessful strategy the Chargers had employed the previous week. Brien's kick missed, wide left, forcing the game into overtime. The Jets would lose on a 33-yard field goal by Pittsburgh kicker Jeff Reed, as the Jets fell just short yet again. In the days following the loss, many people and pundits opined that the Jets lost this game by not being aggressive and being too willing to settle for a risky field goal attempt, ignoring the fact that Brien had been 10-11 in field goal attempts between 40-49 yards on the season. Others, however, contend that none of those field goals had been in the notoriously unpredictable winds of Heinz Field, voted by the league's special teamers as the worst field to kick in every year since 2000. A cornerback (also referred to as a corner) is a position in American and Canadian football, more broadly classified as a defensive back. ... Jeff Reed is a football place kicker currently playing for the Pittsburgh Steelers. ...


2005

The 2005 season started out with the Jets reacquiring WR Laveranues Coles from the Washington Redskins and acquiring CB Ty Law from the New England Patriots. The Jets also acquired free agent quarterback Jay Fiedler of the Miami Dolphins as a veteran backup for the starter, Chad Pennington. During the Draft, the Jets traded their first round selection for Raider's Tight End Doug Jolley. Many fans felt that the Jets should have drafted Virginia tight end Heath Miller instead of trading for the inconsistent Jolley. The Jets used their first selection (2nd round, 15th pick) to select Ohio State Kicker Mike Nugent to replace the departed Doug Brien. The Jets allowed several key role players to leave through free agency or traded them for underachieving players. These players included LaMont Jordan, Kareem McKenzie, Sam Cowart, Jason Ferguson, and to a lesser extent Anthony Becht. Laveranues Coles (born December 29, 1977 in Jacksonville, Florida) is a receiver who was drafted by the New York Jets in the third round of the 2000 NFL Draft out of Florida State University. ... Tajuan Law, best known as Ty Law, (born February 10, 1974 in the Pittsburgh suburb of Aliquippa, Pennsylvania) is an American football cornerback who currently plays with the Kansas City Chiefs. ... City Foxborough, Massachusetts Other nicknames The Pats Team colors Nautical Blue, New Century Silver, Red, and White Head Coach Bill Belichick Owner Robert Kraft General manager Bill Belichick Mascot Pat Patriot League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960–69) Eastern Division (1960–69) National Football League (1970–present) American Football... Jay Brian Fiedler (born December 29, 1971) is an American football quarterback, and is currently a free agent. ... The 2005 NFL Draft, in which National Football League (NFL) teams take turns selecting amateur college American football players and other first-time eligible players, took place on April 23 and April 24, 2005[1] at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City, New York. ... City Oakland, California Other nicknames The Silver and Black, Da Raidahs Team colors Silver and Black Head Coach Lane Kiffin Owner Al Davis General manager Michael Lombardi League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960–1969) Western Division (1960–1969) National Football League (1970–present) American Football Conference (1970–present) AFC... Doug Jolley (born January 2, 1979 in Sandy, Utah) is an American football tight end in the National Football League who currently plays for the New York Jets. ... The University of Virginia (also called U.Va. ... Earl Heath Miller, Jr. ... This article is about Ohio State; there is also an Ohio University. ... Mike Nugent (born March 2, 1982 in Centerville, Ohio) is an American football placekicker for the New York Jets of the NFL. He was selected with the 15th pick of the second round of the 2005 NFL Draft out of the Ohio State University. ... LaMont Jordan is a National Football League running back, currently playing for the New York Jets. ... Kareem McKenzie is a current NFL offensive tackle, playing for the New York Giants. ... Sam Cowart (February 26, 1975, Jacksonville, Florida) is a NFL linebacker who currently plays for the Minnesota Vikings. ... Jason Ferguson is a National Football League nose tackle for the Dallas Cowboys. ... Anthony Becht is a tight end for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the NFL. He was originally drafted by the New York Jets in the 1st round of the 2000 NFL Draft out of West Virginia. ...


The Jets entered the season with high hopes of contending for the Super Bowl, but their hopes were dismantled in week three against the Jaguars when Chad Pennington reinjured his shoulder. Even worse, their backup quarterback Jay Fiedler was injured six plays after Pennington. They were both placed on injured reserve for the remainder of the season. The injuries caused previous third-string quarterback Brooks Bollinger to take the role as the team's starter and Vinny Testaverde was brought back out of retirement as Bollinger's backup. After a poor showing by the Jets' offense in a loss, Testaverde would start the Week 5 game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. His steady hand led the offense, and Curtis Martin scored two touchdowns, giving the Jets just enough to earn a 14–12 victory over the previously undefeated Buccaneers. The winning Super Bowl team receives the Vince Lombardi Trophy. ... City Jacksonville, Florida Other nicknames The Jags Team colors Teal, Black, and Gold Head Coach Jack Del Rio Owner Wayne Weaver General manager James Harris Mascot Jaxson de Ville League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1995–present) American Football Conference (1995-present) AFC Central (1995-2001) AFC South (2002-present... Jay Brian Fiedler (born December 29, 1971) is an American football quarterback, and is currently a free agent. ... Brooks Montana Bollinger (born November 15, 1979 in Grand Forks, North Dakota) is a quarterback for the NFLs Minnesota Vikings. ... Vincent Frank Testaverde (born November 13, 1963 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American football quarterback for the National Football Leagues New England Patriots. ... City Tampa Bay, Florida Other nicknames The Bucs, Pewter Pirates Team colors Buccaneer Red, Pewter, Black, and Orange Head Coach Jon Gruden Owner Malcolm Glazer General manager Bruce Allen Mascot Captain Fear League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1976–present) American Football Conference (1976) AFC West (1976) National Football Conference...


But the season got very sour after the victory over Tampa Bay. They would lose their next 7 games before finally beating the Oakland Raiders in Week 14. The injuries of several key players, including running back Derrick Blaylock and cornerback David Barrett, and season-ending injuries of wide receiver Wayne Chrebet, tight end Chris Baker, right tackle Jason Fabini, and Pro bowl starting center Kevin Mawae, among others, severely hampered their ability to play competitively. City Oakland, California Other nicknames The Silver and Black, Da Raidahs Team colors Silver and Black Head Coach Lane Kiffin Owner Al Davis General manager Michael Lombardi League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960–1969) Western Division (1960–1969) National Football League (1970–present) American Football Conference (1970–present) AFC... Derrick Blaylock(Born:August 23,1979) is a National Football League runningback for the New York Jets. ... David Barrett is a special prosecutor assigned to investigate the Clinton Administrations alleged abuse of the Internal Revenue Service, especially in the matter of the Henry Cisneros scandal. ... Wayne Chrebet (born August 14, 1973, Garfield, New Jersey) was an American Football player who played 11 seasons as a wide receiver for the New York Jets of the NFL from 1995 to 2005. ... The tight end (TE) is a position in American football on the offensive team. ... Chris Baker is a race car driver born in the United States of America on the 29th of November 1969. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Offensive Tackle. ... Jason Fabini (born August 25, 1974 in Fort Wayne, Indiana) is an American football offensive tackle for the Dallas Cowboys of the NFL. He was originally selected with the 19th pick of the fourth round of the 1998 NFL Draft by the New York Jets out of the University of... The Pro Bowl is the National Football Leagues all-star game. ... Center (C) is a position in American football. ... Kevin Mawae (born January 23, 1971) is an American Football player who currently plays center for the New York Jets of the NFL. Categories: American football biography stubs | 1971 births | National Football League players | American football offensive linemen | New York Jets players | Seattle Seahawks players | AFC Pro Bowl players ...


Even in the victory against the Raiders, the Jets suffered another morale-sagging injury. Running back Curtis Martin did not play in the game due to a season-ending knee injury which required arthroscopic surgery. The Jets' only noteworthy accomplishment of the remainder of the season would be their participation in the final Monday Night Football game aired on ABC, a 31-21 home loss to the Patriots. They ended the year with a 4-12 record and "earned" the fourth pick in the 2006 NFL Draft, which they used to select D'Brickashaw Ferguson. A raider or raiders can refer to: Sports organizations: The Oakland Raiders are a National Football League team based in Oakland, California. ... Curtis Martin (born May 1, 1973 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania), is an American football running back, an alumnus of Taylor Allderdice High School and the University of Pittsburgh, and currently plays for the NFLs New York Jets. ... Monday Night Football (MNF) is a live television broadcast of the National Football League. ... The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) operates television and radio networks in the United States and is also shown on basic cable in Canada. ... City Foxborough, Massachusetts Other nicknames The Pats Team colors Nautical Blue, New Century Silver, Red, and White Head Coach Bill Belichick Owner Robert Kraft General manager Bill Belichick Mascot Pat Patriot League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960–69) Eastern Division (1960–69) National Football League (1970–present) American Football... The 2006 NFL Draft, the 71st in league history, took place in New York City at Radio City Music Hall on April 29 and April 30, 2006. ... DBrickashaw Montgomery Ferguson, nicknamed Brick (born December 10, 1983 in Freeport, New York), is an American football offensive tackle for the New York Jets. ...


On January 8, 2006, Herm Edwards ended his time as head coach of the Jets and he signed a 4-year, $12,000,000 contract to become the new head of the Kansas City Chiefs and succeed his original mentor Dick Vermeil, who was Edwards' head coach with the Philadelphia Eagles. The Jets received a 4th round draft pick from the Chiefs as compensation for Edwards, who was still under contract with the Jets at the time. The Jets were criticized for what what was considered inadequate compensation for the loss of their head coach. Others felt the Jets were fortunate that another team was willing to take Edwards, who was 5-15 over his last 20 regular season games, off their hands and give up a draft choice to do so. January 8 is the 8th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... City Kansas City, Missouri Team colors Red, Gold, and White Head Coach Herman Edwards Owner The Hunt Family[1] General manager Carl Peterson Mascot K.C. Wolf (1989-present) Warpaint (1963-1988) League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960-1969) Western Division (1960-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American... Dick Vermeil is a former American head coach for the National Football Leagues Philadelphia Eagles (1976-1982), St. ...


2006–: Eric Mangini era

On January 17, the Jets-Patriots coaching pipeline reared itself yet again, as New England defensive coordinator Eric Mangini was hired by the Jets and became the youngest head coach in all 4 major American sports, turning 35 on January 19. Mangini's first order of business was to reorganize the coaching staff. Offensive Coordinator Mike Heimerdinger and Defensive Coordinator Donnie Henderson were both released from the Jets staff. Special Teams Coordinator Mike Westhoff was retained. A full staff was announced on February 20. Linebackers coach Bob Sutton was named defensive coordinator and the team signed Jim Herrmann to replace Sutton as the linebackers coach. Herrmann was the defensive coordinator at the University of Michigan for twenty years before arriving in New York. Eric Mangini then installed a 3-4 defense. January 17 is the 17th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Eric Mangini (born January 19, 1971 in Hartford, Connecticut) is the current head coach of the New York Jets of the National Football League. ... January 19 is the 19th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... An offensive coordinator typically refers to a coach on a football team in the National Football League (or at others levels of American football) who is in charge of the offense. ... Mike Heimerdinger is the assistant head coach for the Denver Broncos succeeding Gary Kubiak who took the head coaching position with the Houston Texans. ... A defensive coordinator typically refers to a coach on a football team in the National Football League (or at other levels of American football) who is in charge of the defense. ... Donnie Henderson is the former defensive coordinator for the NFLs New York Jets. ... February 20 is the 51st day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... Bob Sutton is the defensive coordinator of the New York Jets. ... Jim Herrman is currently the linebackers coach for the New York Jets. ... The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (UM or U of M) is a coeducational public research university in the U.S. state of Michigan. ...


General Manager Terry Bradway announced that he was stepping down as Jets GM on February 7, 2006. Assistant GM Mike Tannenbaum was named the new GM on the same day. Bradway would then continue to be employed by the Jets organization as a scouting consultant. February 7 is the 38th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ...


The Jets finished the regular season with a record of 10-6, having defeated the Minnesota Vikings, Miami Dolphins, and the Oakland Raiders in their last three games. The Jets earned the 5th AFC Wild Card spot in the playoffs- surprising most pundits who predicted a rebuilding year. Players celebrated afterwards by saying the word "playoffs", a word Mangini banished during the regular season to focus players on the regular season. City Minneapolis, Minnesota Other nicknames The Vikes, The Purple People Eaters Team colors Purple, Gold, and White Head Coach Brad Childress Owner Zygi Wilf General manager Rob Brzezinski Fight song Skol, Vikings Mascot Ragnar League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1961–present) Western Conference (1961-1969) Central Division (1967-1969... City Miami Gardens, Florida Other nicknames The Fins, The Fish Team colors Aqua, Coral and Navy Head Coach Cam Cameron Owner Wayne Huizenga General manager Randy Mueller Mascot T. D. League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1966-1969) Eastern Division (1966-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American Football Conference... City Oakland, California Other nicknames The Silver and Black, Da Raidahs Team colors Silver and Black Head Coach Lane Kiffin Owner Al Davis General manager Michael Lombardi League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960–1969) Western Division (1960–1969) National Football League (1970–present) American Football Conference (1970–present) AFC...


On January 7, 2007, the Jets played rival AFC East champion New England Patriots. The Jets had both beaten and lost to the Patriots in the regular season. While the Jets took an early 10-7 lead after a field goal and a 77-yard touchdown catch and run by Jerricho Cotchery,which was the second longest pass play in wild card history, the Jets were not able to score another touchdown, and the Patriots closed out the game after two turnovers by the Jets offense. The Jets postseason ended with a 37-16 loss. One notable aspect of the game was the rivalry between Patriot head coach Bill Belichick and Jet head coach Eric Mangini. The two were not on good terms, and their relationship was widely publicized before the game. Regardless, at games end, the two embraced. January 7 is the seventh day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the Anno Domini (common) era. ... City Foxborough, Massachusetts Other nicknames The Pats Team colors Nautical Blue, New Century Silver, Red, and White Head Coach Bill Belichick Owner Robert Kraft General manager Bill Belichick Mascot Pat Patriot League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960–69) Eastern Division (1960–69) National Football League (1970–present) American Football... Jerricho Cotchery is a wide reciever/punt returner for the New York Jets. ... William Stephen Belichick (born April 16, 1952) is the American football coach of the New England Patriots of the National Football League. ... Eric Mangini (born January 19, 1971 in Hartford, Connecticut) is the current head coach of the New York Jets of the National Football League. ...

The 2006 New York Jets season began with the team trying to improve on their 4-12 record in 2005. ...

References

  1. ^ http://www.profootballhof.com/history/release.jsp?release_id=822

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