1990 New England Patriots season

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1990 New England Patriots season
Head coach Rod Rust
General manager Patrick Sullivan
Owner Victor Kiam
Home field Foxboro Stadium
Results
Record 1–15
Division place 5th AFC East
Playoff finish did not qualify
Pro Bowlers T Bruce Armstrong
AP All-Pros none
Timeline
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< 1989 1991 >

The 1990 New England Patriots season was the team's 31st, and 21st in the National Football League. It was the first and only season for head coach Rod Rust.

The Patriots finished the season with a record of 1–15, the worst record in franchise history. They finished last in the AFC East division and dead last in the NFL. Notably, they lost a nationally-televised game to the Washington Redskins in which they were down 9–0 before the Redskins even ran an offensive play. The Redskins' two first-quarter scores came on a Kurt Gouveia fumble return for a touchdown, and the Patriots snapping the ball out of the end zone for a safety.[1] The announced crowd for the game, played in a driving rain, was 22,286.

The Patriots’ final game of the season, against the eventual Super Bowl champion New York Giants, drew a sellout crowd to Foxboro, but over 40,000 fans were rooting for the visitors, as tickets to Giants home games were nearly impossible to come by for non-season-ticket holders.

The Patriots’ negative-265 point-differential (181 points scored, 446 points surrendered) was the worst total of the 1990s.[2] It is notable that like the previous season’s Dallas Cowboys, the Patriots played only three teams with non-winning records – divisional rivals the Colts and Jets plus one game against the Phoenix Cardinals – all season.[3]

The 1990 Patriots and 1981 Baltimore Colts are the only NFL teams since 1940 to have eleven losses during which they never led in one season.[4]

Lisa Olson controversy[edit]

The day after the Patriots' only victory of the season, tight end Zeke Mowatt, running back Robert Perryman and wide receiver Michael Timpson stood in front of Boston Herald reporter Lisa Olson semi-naked and sexually harassed her in the Patriots locker room at Foxboro Stadium.[citation needed] The incident proved a major embarrassment for the franchise, and the team lost its final 14 games, and was accused of quitting in most of the losses.[citation needed]

Staff[edit]

New England Patriots 1990 staff
Front office

Head coaches

  • Head coach, defensive coordinator and secondary – Rod Rust

Offensive coaches

 

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

Strength and Conditioning

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Opponent Result Stadium Record Attendance
1 Miami Dolphins L 24–27 Foxboro Stadium 0–1
45,305
2 at Indianapolis Colts W 16–14 Hoosier Dome 1–1
49,256
3 at Cincinnati Bengals L 7–41 Riverfront Stadium 1–2
56,470
4 New York Jets L 13–37 Foxboro Stadium 1–3
36,724
5 Seattle Seahawks L 20–33 Foxboro Stadium 1–4
39,735
6 Bye
7 at Miami Dolphins L 10–17 Joe Robbie Stadium 1–5
62,630
8 Buffalo Bills L 10–27 Foxboro Stadium 1–6
51,959
9 at Philadelphia Eagles L 20–48 Veterans Stadium 1–7
65,514
10 Indianapolis Colts L 10–13 Foxboro Stadium 1–8
28,924
11 at Buffalo Bills L 0–14 Rich Stadium 1–9
74,270
12 at Phoenix Cardinals L 14–34 Sun Devil Stadium 1–10
30,110
13 Kansas City Chiefs L 7–37 Foxboro Stadium 1–11
26,280
14 at Pittsburgh Steelers L 3–24 Three Rivers Stadium 1–12
48,354
15 Washington Redskins L 10–25 Foxboro Stadium 1–13
22,286
16 at New York Jets L 7–42 The Meadowlands 1–14
30,250
17 New York Giants L 10–13 Foxboro Stadium 1–15
60,410

Standings[edit]

AFC East
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Buffalo Bills 13 3 0 .813 7–1 10–2 428 263 L1
Miami Dolphins 12 4 0 .750 7–1 10–2 336 242 W1
Indianapolis Colts 7 9 0 .438 3–5 5–7 281 353 L1
New York Jets 6 10 0 .375 2–6 4–10 295 345 W2
New England Patriots 1 15 0 .063 1–7 1–11 181 446 L14

See also[edit]