1977 New York Jets season

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1977 New York Jets season
Head coach Walt Michaels
Owner Leon Hess
Home field Shea Stadium
Results
Record 3–11
Division place 4th AFC East
Playoff finish did not qualify

The 1977 New York Jets season was the 18th season for the team and the 8th in the National Football League. It began with the team trying to improve upon its 3–11 record from 1976 under new head coach Walt Michaels and beginning the post-Joe Namath era. However, the Jets struggled with their third consecutive 3-11 season. They won a major off the field court decision. As per the memorandum of understanding signed in late 1961 by team original owner (as the New York Titans) Harry Wismer, Shea Stadium's co-tenants, the New York Mets, would have exclusive use of the stadium until they had completed their season. The Jets were, in most years, required to open the season with several road games, a problem made worse in 1969 and 1973 when the Mets had long playoff runs.[1][2] Feeling that this arrangement was a disadvantage, the team announced in 1977 that they would play two home games a year during the month of September at the Giants' new home in New Jersey, Giants Stadium. Litigation began between New York City and the Jets over the issue, and in the lawsuit's settlement, the city agreed to allow the Jets to play two September home games a season at Shea beginning in 1978 for the remaining six years in the Jets' lease. In 1977, the Jets were to play one September game at Giants Stadium and an October 2 game at Shea.[3] From 1967 through this season—a span of 11 seasons—the Jets did not play a home game at Shea Stadium in the month of September. As of 2017, the Jets are the first (and so far, only) team in NFL history to finish 3 straight seasons with only 3 wins. Since the NFL schedule expanded to 16 games in 1978, no team has finished 3-13 3 years in a row.

Offseason[edit]

Draft[edit]

Main article: 1977 NFL Draft
1977 New York Jets draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 4 Marvin Powell  OT USC
2 33 Wesley Walker  WR California
3 72 Tank Marshall  DT Texas A&M
4 90 Scott Dierking  RB Purdue
5 116 Perry Griggs  WR Troy State
5 129 Gary Gregory  OT Baylor
6 144 Joe Klecko *  DT Temple
7 168 Charlie White  RB Bethune-Cookman
7 171 Bob Grupp  P Duke
7 195 Kevin Long  RB South Carolina
8 200 Dan Alexander  OG LSU
8 210 Ed Thompson  LB Ohio State
9 227 Matt Robinson  QB Georgia
10 256 John Hennessy  LB Michigan
11 307 Dave Butterfield  DB Nebraska
12 312 Phil Gargis  QB Auburn
12 313 Dave Conrad  OT Maryland
      Made roster    †   Pro Football Hall of Fame    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

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Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Game site Attendance
1 1977-09-18 at Houston Oilers L 20–0 Astrodome
39,488
2 1977-09-25 Baltimore Colts L 20–12 Giants Stadium
43,439
3 1977-10-02 New England Patriots W 30–27 Shea Stadium
38,227
4 1977-10-09 at Buffalo Bills W 24–19 Rich Stadium
32,046
5 1977-10-16 at Miami Dolphins L 21–17 Miami Orange Bowl
43,446
6 1977-10-23 Oakland Raiders L 28–27 Shea Stadium
56,734
7 1977-10-30 at New England Patriots L 24–13 Schaefer Stadium
61,042
8 1977-11-06 Miami Dolphins L 14–10 Shea Stadium
51,582
9 1977-11-13 Seattle Seahawks L 17–0 Shea Stadium
42,923
10 1977-11-20 at Baltimore Colts L 33–12 Memorial Stadium
50,957
11 1977-11-27 Pittsburgh Steelers L 23–20 Shea Stadium
47,385
12 1977-12-04 at New Orleans Saints W 16–13 Louisiana Superdome
40,464
13 1977-12-11 Buffalo Bills L 14–10 Shea Stadium
31,929
14 1977-12-18 at Philadelphia Eagles L 27–0 Veterans Stadium
19,241

Game summaries[edit]

Week 1: at Houston Oilers[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Jets 0 0 0 0 0
Oilers 0 7 0 13 20

at Houston Astrodome, Houston, Texas

  • Date: September 18
  • Game time: 3:00 p.m.
  • Game weather: dome
  • Box Score

Week 2: vs. Baltimore Colts[edit]

Week 3: vs. New England Patriots[edit]

Week 4: at Buffalo Bills[edit]

Week 5: at Miami Dolphins[edit]

Week 6: vs. Oakland Raiders[edit]

Week 7: at New England Patriots[edit]

Week 8: vs. Miami Dolphins[edit]

Week 9: vs. Seattle Seahawks[edit]

Week 10: at Baltimore Colts[edit]

Week 11: vs. Pittsburgh Steelers[edit]

Week 12: at New Orleans Saints[edit]

Week 13: vs. Buffalo Bills[edit]

Week 14: at Philadelphia Eagles[edit]

Standings[edit]

AFC East
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Baltimore Colts(2) 10 4 0 .714 6–2 9–3 295 221 W1
Miami Dolphins 10 4 0 .714 6–2 8–4 313 197 W1
New England Patriots 9 5 0 .643 4–4 7–5 278 217 L1
New York Jets 3 11 0 .214 2–6 2–10 191 300 L2
Buffalo Bills 3 11 0 .214 2–6 2–10 160 313 L1

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ryczek, pp. 158-159
  2. ^ Chastain, pp. 87–88
  3. ^ Eskenazi, Gerald; McGowen, Deane (May 27, 1977). "Court Accord Keeps Football Jets at Shea Stadium". The New York Times. Retrieved November 10, 2010. 
  4. ^ The Football Database. Retrieved 2014-Jul-05.

Bibliography

Ryczek, William J. (2009). Crash of the Titans: The Early Years of the New York Jets and the AFL (revised ed.). Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Co. ISBN 978-0-7864-4126-6. Chastain, Bill (2010). 100 Things Jets Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die. Chicago: Triumph Books. ISBN 978-1-60078-522-1.

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