1969 New York Giants season

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1969 New York Giants season
Head coach Alex Webster
Owner Wellington Mara
Home field Yankee Stadium
Results
Record 6–8
Division place 2nd NFL Century
Playoff finish did not qualify

The 1969 New York Giants season was the 45th season for the club in the National Football League. The Giants moved back to the Century Division in 1969, after one season in the Capitol Division.[1] They finished with a 6–8 record, and had one victory less than the previous year.[2][3] New York placed second in the Century Division, four-and-a-half games behind the Cleveland Browns.[4]

Before the season, the Giants selected Fred Dryer in the first round of the 1969 NFL draft, with the 13th overall pick,[5] and traded with the Atlanta Falcons for running back Junior Coffey in late October.[6] New York lost all of their preseason games, including a 37–14 rout by the New York Jets at the Yale Bowl in New Haven, leading them to fire head coach Allie Sherman in September, a week before the regular season began.[7][8] Offensive backfield coach Alex Webster was promoted to head coach.[9][10]

The Giants opened the season with a win against the Minnesota Vikings, the eventual league champion,[11] and held a 3–1 record after four games. However, they went on a seven-game losing streak, then won the final three games in December to close out the season.[2]

Roster[edit]

1969 New York Giants roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams


Rookies in italics

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Record Attendance
1 September 21 Minnesota Vikings W 24–23 1–0
62,900
2 September 28 at Detroit Lions L 24–0 1–1
54,358
3 October 5 Chicago Bears W 28–24 2–1
62,583
4 October 12 Pittsburgh Steelers W 10–7 3–1
62,987
5 October 19 at Washington Redskins L 20–14 3–2
50,352
6 October 27 at Dallas Cowboys L 25–3 3–3
58,964
7 November 2 Philadelphia Eagles L 23–20 3–4
62,912
8 November 9 at St. Louis Cardinals L 42–17 3–5
49,194
9 November 16 New Orleans Saints L 25–24 3–6
62,927
10 November 23 at Cleveland Browns L 28–17 3–7
80,595
11 November 30 at Green Bay Packers L 20–10 3–8
48,156
12 December 7 St. Louis Cardinals W 49–6 4–8
62,973
13 December 14 at Pittsburgh Steelers W 21–17 5–8
21,067
14 December 21 Cleveland Browns W 27–14 6–8
62,966

Standings[edit]

NFL Century
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Cleveland Browns 10 3 1 .769 4–1–1 8–1–1 351 300 L1
New York Giants 6 8 0 .429 4–2 4–6 264 298 W3
St. Louis Cardinals 4 9 1 .308 3–2–1 3–6–1 314 389 L3
Pittsburgh Steelers 1 13 0 .071 0–6 0–10 218 404 L13

Note: Tie games were not officially counted in the standings until 1972.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Pro Football Owners Mum On Money Talk Strategy". Observer-Reporter. Associated Press. May 18, 1968. p. B5. 
  2. ^ a b "1969 New York Giants". Pro Football Reference. Archived from the original on 30 April 2009. Retrieved May 6, 2009. 
  3. ^ "New York Giants Franchise Encyclopedia". Pro Football Reference. Archived from the original on 29 April 2009. Retrieved May 6, 2009. 
  4. ^ "1969 NFL Standings, Team & Offensive Statistics". Pro Football Reference. Archived from the original on May 8, 2009. Retrieved May 6, 2009. 
  5. ^ "1969 NFL/AFL Draft". Pro Football Reference. Retrieved October 31, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Giants acquire Falcons' Coffey". Spartanburg Herald. South Carolina: Associated Press. October 29, 1969. p. 14. 
  7. ^ Richman, Milton (September 17, 1969). "Firing Sherman tough task for Giants' boss". The Dispatch. Lexington, North Carolina. United Press International. p. 14. 
  8. ^ Whittingham, Richard (2005). Illustrated History of the New York Giants. Chicago: Triumph Books. p. 151. ISBN 1-57243-641-7. 
  9. ^ "Giants say goodbye to Allie as coach". Schenectady Gazette. New York. Associated Press. September 13, 1969. p. 18. 
  10. ^ "Trial of fire for Alex Webster". Montreal Gazette. United Press International. September 23, 1969. p. 44. 
  11. ^ Silverman, Steve (2007). The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly: Heart-Pounding, Jaw-Dropping, and Gut-Wrenching Moments from Minnesota Vikings History. Triumph Books. pp. 31–33. ISBN 9781572439887.