2001 Buffalo Bills season
|2001 Buffalo Bills season|
|Head coach||Gregg Williams|
|General manager||Tom Donahoe|
|Home field||Ralph Wilson Stadium|
|Division place||5th AFC East|
|Playoff finish||did not qualify|
The 2001 Buffalo Bills season was the team’s forty-second season. Previous head coach Wade Phillips was relieved of his duties as coach and replaced by Tennessee Titans defensive coordinator Gregg Williams. They finished the season at 3-13 and last in the AFC East division for the first time since 1985.
John Butler, who had been the Bills general manager from 1993–2000, left to become the new G.M. of the San Diego Chargers. Butler was replaced by Tom Donahoe, who would remain with the Bills through the 2005 season.
In the wake of Buffalo's quarterback controversy, Doug Flutie was released by the Bills, prior to the season and followed Butler to San Diego. Buffalo named Rob Johnson their starting quarterback for the 2001 season, which would ultimately be his last in Buffalo. Bills defensive end Marcellus Wiley and linebacker John Holecek also left Buffalo for San Diego in 2001, leaving a gap in Buffalo's defense. The special teams also saw a major overhaul. Placekicker Steve Christie was also among the defectors to San Diego, forcing the Bills to sign rookie Jake Arians (son of longtime offensive coordinator Bruce Arians) as a replacement, then after several weeks of Arians's poor play, Shayne Graham. Chris Mohr left for the Atlanta Falcons and was replaced by Brian Moorman, who would stay with the team for the next eleven seasons.
Buffalo's 2001 draft was general manager Tom Donahoe first with the team. The Bills' first three draft picks – Nate Clements, Aaron Schobel and Travis Henry – went on to make the Pro Bowl with the Bills.
|= Pro Bowler |
- Players in yellow indicates future Pro Bowl selections
|1||21||Nate Clements||Cornerback||Ohio State|
|2||46||Aaron Schobel||Defensive End||TCU|
|2||58||Travis Henry||Running Back||Tennessee|
|3||76||Ron Edwards||Defensive Tackle||Texas A&M|
|4||110||Brandon Spoon||Linebacker||North Carolina|
|6||178||Tony Driver||Free Safety||Notre Dame|
|6||195||Dan O'Leary||Tight End||Notre Dame|
|6||196||Jimmy R. Williams||Cornerback||Vanderbilt|
|7||214||Reggie Germany||Wide Receiver||Ohio State|
|7||238||Tyrone Robertson||Defensive Tackle||Hinds C.C.|
|1||September 9, 2001||New Orleans Saints||L 6–24||0–1||Ralph Wilson Stadium||
|2||September 23, 2001||at Indianapolis Colts||L 26–42||0–2||RCA Dome||
|3||September 30, 2001||Pittsburgh Steelers||L 3–20||0–3||Ralph Wilson Stadium||
|4||October 7, 2001||New York Jets||L 36–42||0–4||Ralph Wilson Stadium||
|6||October 18, 2001||at Jacksonville Jaguars||W 13–10||1–4||Alltel Stadium||
|7||October 28, 2001||at San Diego Chargers||L 24–27||1–5||Qualcomm Stadium||
|8||November 4, 2001||Indianapolis Colts||L 14–30||1–6||Ralph Wilson Stadium||
|9||November 11, 2001||at New England Patriots||L 11–21||1–7||Foxboro Stadium||
|10||November 18, 2001||Seattle Seahawks||L 20–23||1–8||Ralph Wilson Stadium||
|11||November 25, 2001||Miami Dolphins||L 27–34||1–9||Ralph Wilson Stadium||
|12||December 2, 2001||at San Francisco 49ers||L 0–35||1–10||3Com Park||
|13||December 9, 2001||Carolina Panthers||W 25–24||2–10||Ralph Wilson Stadium||
|14||December 16, 2001||New England Patriots||L 9–12||2–11||Ralph Wilson Stadium||
|15||December 23, 2001||at Atlanta Falcons||L 30–33||2–12||Georgia Dome||
|16||December 30, 2001||at New York Jets||W 14–9||3–12||The Meadowlands||
|17||January 6, 2002||at Miami Dolphins||L 7–34||3–13||Pro Player Stadium||
|New England Patriots||11||5||0||.688||371||272||W6|
|New York Jets||10||6||0||.625||308||295||W1|
Buffalo Bills roster
|Buffalo Bills 2001 coaching staff|
Special Teams Coaches
Awards and records
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- Players are identified as a Pro Bowler if they were selected for the Pro-Bowl at any time in their career.
- Pro Bowl: 2004 season
- Pro Bowl: 2006, 2007
- Pro Bowl: 2002 season
- 2010 NFL Record and Fact Book (PDF). National Football League. p. 375. Retrieved August 10, 2011.
- NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book. New York,NY: Workman Publishing Co. ISBN 0-7611-2480-2.
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