1991 New York Jets season

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1991 New York Jets season
Head coach Bruce Coslet
Owner Leon Hess
Home field The Meadowlands
Results
Record 8–8
Division place 2nd AFC East
Playoff finish Lost AFC Wild Card
17–10 at Houston Oilers
Timeline
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The 1991 New York Jets season was the 32nd season for the team and the 22nd in the National Football League. It began with the team trying to improve upon its 6–10 record from 1990 under head coach Bruce Coslet. The Jets finished the season with a record of 8–8, qualifying for a playoff berth in the last game of the season. They were defeated in the Wild Card round by the Houston Oilers by a score of 17–10.

In 2004, Football Outsiders Mike Tanier named the 1991 New York Jets as one of the "worst playoff teams ever":[1]

Bruce Coslet's Jets really had no business in the postseason. They started the season 1–3 and ended it 1–3. In between, they had some big wins, like a 41–23 victory over the Dolphins, but they also gave the Colts their only win of the year. [Quarterback] Ken O'Brien threw for 3,300 yards but just 10 touchdowns, as he displayed a knack for the redzone interception. At 7–8, they faced an 8–7 Dolphins team with a Wild Card bid on the line. As fate would have it, the Jets would walk away with a 23–20 overtime victory and a postseason birth. They would lose to the Oilers, 17–10, in the Wild Card round.

That Jets team had a lot of young talent, including Blair Thomas, Mo Lewis, Rob Moore, and Terance Mathis. They would add Jeff Blake and Johnnie Mitchell [sic] the following year. Unfortunately, that team also had Coslet. The Jets went 4–12 [in 1992], then 8–8 [in 1993], then switched to Pete Caroll [sic] [in 1994], then (ugh) Rich Kotite [in 1995]. Thomas and Mitchell never developed. Moore, Mathis and Blake would have their best seasons elsewhere. This wasn't a team going places; it was a team that tripped into the playoffs by accident.

Offseason[edit]

NFL Draft[edit]

Round Pick Player Position School/Club Team
2 34 Browning Nagle Quarterback Louisville
3 63 Mo Lewis Linebacker Georgia
4 94 Mark Gunn Defensive tackle Pittsburgh
6 148 Blaise Bryant Running back Iowa State
7 175 Mike Riley Defensive back Tulane
8 202 Doug Parrish Defensive back Memphis
9 234 Paul Glonek Defensive tackle Arizona
10 261 Al Baker Running back Kentucky
11 288 Rocen Keeton Linebacker UCLA
12 315 Mark Hayes Offensive tackle Arizona State

Personnel[edit]

Staff[edit]

1991 New York Jets staff
Front office
  • Chairman of the Board – Leon Hess
  • President – Steve Gutman
  • Vice President/General Manager – Dick Steinberg
  • Director of Player Personnel – Ron Wolf
  • Director of Pro Personnel – Jim Royer

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning

  • Strength and Conditioning – Greg Mackrides

Roster[edit]

1991 New York Jets roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists



Practice squad



Rookies in italics
Active, Inactive, Practice squad

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Game site Attendance
1 September 1, 1991 Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 16–13 The Meadowlands
61,204
2 September 8, 1991 at Seattle Seahawks L 20–13 Kingdome
56,770
3 September 15, 1991 Buffalo Bills L 23–20 The Meadowlands
65,309
4 September 23, 1991 at Chicago Bears L 19–13 (OT) Soldier Field
65,255
5 September 29, 1991 Miami Dolphins W 41–23 The Meadowlands
71,170
6 October 6, 1991 at Cleveland Browns W 17–14 Cleveland Stadium
71,042
7 October 13, 1991 Houston Oilers L 23–20 The Meadowlands
70,758
8 October 20, 1991 at Indianapolis Colts W 17–6 Hoosier Dome
53,025
9 Bye
10 November 3, 1991 Green Bay Packers W 19–16 (OT) The Meadowlands
67,435
11 November 10, 1991 Indianapolis Colts L 28–27 The Meadowlands
44,792
12 November 17, 1991 at New England Patriots W 28–21 Foxboro Stadium
30,743
13 November 24, 1991 San Diego Chargers W 24–3 The Meadowlands
59,025
14 December 1, 1991 at Buffalo Bills L 24–13 Rich Stadium
80,243
15 December 8, 1991 at Detroit Lions L 34–20 Pontiac Silverdome
69,304
16 December 15, 1991 New England Patriots L 6–3 The Meadowlands
55,689
17 December 22, 1991 at Miami Dolphins W 23–20 (OT) Joe Robbie Stadium
69,636

Playoffs[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Game site Attendance
WC December 29, 1991 at Houston Oilers L 17–10 Houston Astrodome
61,485

Standings[edit]

AFC East
W L T PCT PF PA
Buffalo Bills 13 3 0 .813 458 318
New York Jets 8 8 0 .500 314 293
Miami Dolphins 8 8 0 .500 343 349
New England Patriots 6 10 0 .375 211 305
Indianapolis Colts 1 15 0 .063 143 381

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Skin of the Teeth: The Worst Playoff Teams Ever". Football Outsiders. December 7, 2004. Retrieved August 2, 2012. 

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