2001 Minnesota Vikings season

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2001 Minnesota Vikings season
Head coach Dennis Green (15 games)
Mike Tice (1 game)
Owner Red McCombs
Home field Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
Results
Record 5–11
Division place 4th NFC Central
Playoff finish did not qualify
Pro Bowlers
Timeline
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< 2000 2002 >

2001 was the 41st year of season play for the Minnesota Vikings and the 82nd regular season of the National Football League.

Tragedy struck the Minnesota Vikings in the summer of 2001, when Offensive Lineman Korey Stringer died of heat stroke in training camp in Mankato, Minnesota. Although Minnesota has a reputation for cold weather, in late July and early August it can be brutally hot.

The 2001 season started off with a 24–13 home loss to the Carolina Panthers (This would be Carolina's only win of the season; they finished 1–15). Over the next sixteen weeks, wins for Minnesota were few and far between. They did not win on the road at all during this season. Some season highlights included a 35–13 win over the rival Green Bay Packers in week six, and a week ten victory over the Giants in which Randy Moss pulled in 10 receptions for 171 yards and 3 touchdowns leading to a 28–16 victory. But despite having a 12th ranked offense, their defense was in the bottom five, and the Vikings finished 5–11.

After the disappointing season, the Vikings bought out the contract of Dennis Green, who had become a polarizing force in the Viking fan base despite his successful coaching tenure with the team. Mike Tice coached the final game of 2001, losing to the Ravens.

Offseason[edit]

2001 Draft[edit]

Main article: 2001 NFL Draft
Draft order Player name Position College Notes
Round Choice Overall
1 27 27 Michael Bennett Running Back Wisconsin
2 26 27 Willie Howard Defensive end Stanford
3 7 69 Eric Kelly Cornerback Kentucky from Patriots[a]
24 86 Traded to the New England Patriots[a]
4 24 119 Traded to the New England Patriots[a]
35 130 Shawn Worthen Defensive tackle Texas Christian Compensatory pick[b]
36 131 Cedric James Wide receiver Texas Christian Compensatory pick[b]
5 26 118 Patrick Chukwurah Linebacker Wyoming
6 26 189 Carey Scott Cornerback Kentucky State
7 25 225 Brian Crawford Defensive Tackle Western Oregon
^[a] Minnesota traded their 3rd round selection (86th overall) and 4th round selection (119th overall) to New England to move up 17 spots to the 69th overall selection and make this pick.
^[b] Minnesota was awarded two compensatory pick in the 4th round for the loss of free agents Jeff Christy, Duane Clemons, Jeff George, and Jimmy Hitchcock in the 2000 offseason.

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Kickoff (CT) Opponent Results Venue TV NFL Recap Attendance
Final score Team record
1 September 9 12:00 pm Carolina Panthers L 13–24 0–1 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome FOX Recap
64,108
2 September 23 12:00 pm at Chicago Bears L 10–17 0–2 Soldier Field FOX Recap
66,944
3 September 30 12:00 pm Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 31–26 1–2 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome FOX Recap
64,105
4 October 7 12:00 pm at New Orleans Saints L 15–28 1–3 Louisiana Superdome FOX Recap
70,020
5 October 14 12:00 pm Detroit Lions W 31–26 2–3 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome FOX Recap
64,048
6 October 21 3:00 pm Green Bay Packers W 35–13 3–3 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome FOX Recap
64,165
7 October 28 12:00 pm at Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 14–41 3–4 Raymond James Stadium FOX Recap
65,558
8 Bye week
9 November 11 3:00 pm at Philadelphia Eagles L 17–48 3–5 Veterans Stadium FOX Recap
65,638
10 November 19 8:00 pm New York Giants W 28–16 4–5 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome ABC Recap
64,283
11 November 25 7:30 pm Chicago Bears L 6–13 4–6 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome ESPN Recap
64,214
12 December 2 12:00 pm at Pittsburgh Steelers L 16–21 4–7 Heinz Field FOX Recap
62,661
13 December 9 12:00 pm Tennessee Titans W 42–24 5–7 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome CBS Recap
64,271
14 December 16 12:00 pm at Detroit Lions L 24–27 5–8 Pontiac Silverdome FOX Recap
72,190
15 December 23 12:00 pm Jacksonville Jaguars L 3–33 5–9 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome CBS Recap
64,150
16 December 30 12:00 pm at Green Bay Packers L 13–24 5–10 Lambeau Field FOX Recap
59,870
17 January 7 8:00 pm at Baltimore Ravens L 3–19 5–11 M&T Bank Stadium ABC Recap
69,465
Note: Team names in bold indicate that the game indicated is a Vikings home game.

Standings[edit]

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

Statistics[edit]

Team leaders[edit]

Category Player(s) Value
Passing Yards Daunte Culpepper 2,612
Passing Touchdowns Daunte Culpepper 14
Rushing Yards Michael Bennett 682
Rushing Touchdowns Daunte Culpepper 5
Receiving Yards Randy Moss 1,233
Receiving Touchdowns Randy Moss 10
Points Gary Anderson 74
Kickoff Return Yards Nate Jacquet 1,012
Punt Return Yards Nate Jacquet 219
Tackles Kailee Wong 98
Sacks Chris Hovan 6
Interceptions Robert Griffith
Eric Kelly
2
Forced Fumbles Patrick Chukwurah 3

League rankings[edit]

Category Total Yards Yards Per Game NFL Rank
Passing Offense 3,576 Yards 223.5 YPG 7th
Rushing Offense 1,609 Yards 100.6 YPG 25th
Total Offense 5,185 Yards 324.1 YPG 12th
Passing Defense 3,367 Yards 210.4 YPG 18th
Rushing Defense 2,299 Yards 143.7 YPG 30th
Total Defense 5,666 Yards 354.1 YPG 27th

Personnel[edit]

Staff[edit]

2001 Minnesota Vikings staff
Front Office

Head Coaches

Offensive Coaches

  • Offensive Coordinator – Sherman Lewis
  • Quarterbacks – Alex Wood
  • Running Backs – Carl Hargrave
  • Wide Receivers – Charlie Baggett
  • Tight Ends – John Tice
  • Assistant Offensive Line/Quality Control – Dean Dalton
 

Defensive Coaches

  • Defensive Coordinator – Emmitt Thomas
  • Defensive Line – Brian Baker
  • Inside Linebackers – Richard Solomon
  • Outside Linebackers – Chuck Knox, Jr.
  • Defensive Assistant – Trent Walters

Special Teams Coaches

Strength and Conditioning

  • Strength and Conditioning – Steve Wetzel
  • Assistant Strength and Conditioning – Daryl Lawrence

[1]

Final roster[edit]

2001 Minnesota Vikings final roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists


Practice squad


Rookies in italics
53 Active, 6 Inactive, 7 Practice squad

References[edit]

  1. ^ 2009 Minnesota Vikings Media Guide. p. 251. Retrieved 2010-03-06.