2001 Detroit Lions season

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2001 Detroit Lions season
Head coach Marty Mornhinweg
General manager Matt Millen
Owner William Clay Ford, Sr.
Home field Pontiac Silverdome
Results
Record 2–14
Division place 5th NFC Central
Playoff finish did not qualify
Timeline
Previous season Next season
< 2000 2002 >

Marty Mornhinweg was named the twenty-first head coach in franchise history on January 21, 2001.[1]

Hoping to improve on their 9–7 record in 2000, the Lions were extremely disappointing and had the worst start to an NFL season since the 1986 Indianapolis Colts began 0–13. They were widely believed to be likely to suffer the NFL’s first 0–16 season[2] before they defeated the Minnesota Vikings. Prior to that, they had lost an NFL record nine consecutive games by eight points or less.[2]

Offseason[edit]

NFL Draft[edit]

Main article: 2001 NFL Draft
2001 Detroit Lions draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 18 Jeff Backus  Offensive tackle Michigan
2 50 Dominic Raiola  Center Nebraska
2 61 Shaun Rogers *  Defensive tackle Texas
5 148 Scotty Anderson  Wide receiver Grambling State
5 149 Mike McMahon  Quarterback Rutgers
6 173 Jason Glenn  Linebacker Texas A&M
      Made roster    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

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Personnel[edit]

Staff[edit]

2001 Detroit Lions staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches
  • Defensive Coordinator – Vince Tobin
  • Defensive Line – Bill Young
  • Assistant Defensive Line/Pass Rush Specialist – Charles Haley
  • Linebackers – Glenn Pires
  • Defensive Backs – Richard Selcer
  • Defensive Assistant/Quality Control – Don Clemons

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning

  • Strength and Conditioning – Jason Arapoff
  • Assistant Strength and Conditioning – Malcolm Blacken

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Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Lions' Points Opponents' Points Record Streak Attendance
1 09/09/01 at Green Bay Packers L 6 28 0–1 L-1
59,523
2 09/23/01 at Cleveland Browns L 14 24 0–2 L-2
73,168
3 Bye
4 10/08/01 St. Louis Rams L 0 35 0–3 L-3
77,765
5 10/14/01 at Minnesota Vikings L 26 31 0–4 L-4
64,048
6 10/21/01 Tennessee Titans L 24 27 0–5 L-5
76,940
7 10/28/01 Cincinnati Bengals L 27 31 0–6 L-6
69,343
8 11/04/01 at San Francisco 49ers L 13 21 0–7 L-7
67,605
9 11/11/01 Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 17 20 0–8 L-8
74,268
10 11/18/01 at Arizona Cardinals L 38 45 0–9 L-9
32,332
11 11/22/01 Green Bay Packers L 27 29 0–10 L-10
77,730
12 12/02/01 at Chicago Bears L 10 13 0–11 L-11
66,944
13 12/09/01 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 12 15 0–12 L-12
65,514
14 12/16/01 Minnesota Vikings W 27 24 1–12 W-1
72,190
15 12/23/01 at Pittsburgh Steelers L 14 47 1–13 L-1
62,809
16 12/30/01 Chicago Bears L 0 21 1–14 L-2
76,067
17 01/06/02 Dallas Cowboys W 15 10 2–14 W-1
77,512

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Standings[edit]

NFC Central
W L T PCT PF PA STK
(2) Chicago Bears 13 3 0 .813 338 203 W4
(3) Green Bay Packers 12 4 0 .750 390 266 W3
(6) Tampa Bay Buccaneers 9 7 0 .563 324 280 L1
Minnesota Vikings 5 11 0 .313 290 390 L4
Detroit Lions 2 14 0 .125 270 424 W1

References[edit]

  1. ^ NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p.117
  2. ^ a b “Infamy Awaits the Lions” in The Free Lance Star, Sunday December 16, 2001; p. C11
  3. ^ "2001 Detroit Lions Draftees". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved September 27, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Administration and Coaching Staff". 2001 Detroit Lions Media Guide. pp. 4–32. 
  5. ^ http://www.pro-football-reference.com/teams/det/2001.htm?redir

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