1983 New York Giants season

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1983 New York Giants season
Head coach Bill Parcells
General manager George Young
Owner Wellington Mara
Tim Mara
Home field Giants Stadium
Results
Record 3–12–1
Division place 5th NFC East
Playoff finish did not qualify

The 1983 New York Giants season was the 59th season for the club in the National Football League (NFL). The Giants finished in last place in the National Football Conference East Division with a 3–12–1 record, the team's worst record since 1976.[1][2]

In the 1983 NFL draft, the Giants selected defensive back Terry Kinard in the first round, with the 10th overall pick.[3] The 1983 season was the first for the Giants under Bill Parcells, who had been offered the position after previous head coach Ray Perkins resigned before succeeding Bear Bryant as the coach for the University of Alabama. Parcells named Scott Brunner the team's starting quarterback, ahead of Phil Simms and Jeff Rutledge; upset with the decision, Simms requested a trade at one point during the season.[4] New York was 2–2 in their first four games of the season, before a three-game losing streak that left the club at 2–5.[1] Against the Philadelphia Eagles in their sixth game, the Giants inserted Simms into their lineup in place of Brunner; shortly afterward, Simms suffered a season-ending injury.[5]

The St. Louis Cardinals hosted the Giants in a matchup on October 24 that the New York Daily News' Gary Myers later called the worst game in the history of Monday Night Football. After the Giants lost a lead late in the fourth quarter, the game went into overtime. The Cardinals missed three field goal attempts in the extra period, including two in the final 1:06, and the contest ended in a 20–20 tie.[6] The Giants lost the following three games before a victory in Philadelphia, which was their final win of the season. Losses to the Los Angeles Raiders, St. Louis, Seattle, and Washington left the team's final record at 3–12–1.[1]

Four players from the Giants earned selection to the 1984 Pro Bowl: Harry Carson, Ali Haji-Sheikh, Mark Haynes, and Lawrence Taylor. Haji-Sheikh, the Giants' kicker, set a team record for points scored in a season; with 35 field goals and 22 conversions, he was responsible for 127 points. In addition, he set a team record for the longest field goal in a game versus Green Bay, with a 56-yard kick. Earnest Gray had 1,139 receiving yards, becoming the first Giants wide receiver in 15 years to exceed 1,000 yards.[7]

Personnel[edit]

Staff[edit]

1983 New York Giants staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches
  • Defensive Line – Lamar Leachman
  • Linebackers – Bill Belichick
  • Defensive Backfield – Len Fontes

Special teams coaches


Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 4, 1983 Los Angeles Rams L 16–6
75,281
2 September 11, 1983 at Atlanta Falcons W 16–13
58,075
3 September 18, 1983 at Dallas Cowboys L 28–13
62,347
4 September 26, 1983 Green Bay Packers W 27–3
75,308
5 October 2, 1983 San Diego Chargers L 41–34
73,892
6 October 9, 1983 Philadelphia Eagles L 17–13
73,291
7 October 16, 1983 at Kansas City Chiefs L 38–17
55,449
8 October 24, 1983 at St. Louis Cardinals T 20–20
45,630
9 October 30, 1983 Dallas Cowboys L 38–20
76,142
10 November 7, 1983 at Detroit Lions L 15–9
68,985
11 November 13, 1983 Washington Redskins L 33–17
71,482
12 November 20, 1983 at Philadelphia Eagles W 23–0
57,977
13 November 27, 1983 at Los Angeles Raiders L 27–12
41,473
14 December 4, 1983 St. Louis Cardinals L 10–6
25,156
15 December 11, 1983 Seattle Seahawks L 17–12
48,945
16 December 17, 1983 at Washington Redskins L 31–22
53,874

Standings[edit]

NFC East
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Washington Redskins(1) 14 2 0 .875 7–1 10–2 541 332 W9
Dallas Cowboys(4) 12 4 0 .750 7–1 10–2 479 360 L2
St. Louis Cardinals 8 7 1 .531 3–4–1 5–6–1 374 428 W3
Philadelphia Eagles 5 11 0 .313 1–7 4–10 233 322 L2
New York Giants 3 12 1 .219 1–6–1 3–8–1 267 347 L4

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "1983 New York Giants". Pro Football Reference. Archived from the original on 28 April 2009. Retrieved May 11, 2009. 
  2. ^ "New York Giants Franchise Encyclopedia". Pro Football Reference. Archived from the original on 29 April 2009. Retrieved May 11, 2009. 
  3. ^ "History: 1983 – Round 1". National Football League. Retrieved April 24, 2016. 
  4. ^ Whittingham, Richard (2005). Illustrated History of the New York Giants. Chicago: Triumph Books. pp. 201–202. ISBN 1-57243-641-7. 
  5. ^ Whittingham, p. 202.
  6. ^ Myers, Gary (December 27, 2005). "Green and Blue Monday Nights: Memories stir of Jets, Giants". New York Daily News. Retrieved April 24, 2016. 
  7. ^ Whittingham, p. 205.