2001 Dallas Cowboys season

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2001 Dallas Cowboys season
Head coach Dave Campo
Home field Texas Stadium
Results
Record 5–11
Division place 5th NFC East
Playoff finish did not qualify

The 2001 Dallas Cowboys season was the team's 42nd in the National Football League. The Cowboys matched their record from the season before, going 5-11 and missing the playoffs, finishing last in the NFC East. Prior to the 2001 season, Cowboys' quarterback Troy Aikman retired, after playing for the team from 1989 to 2000.

Offseason[edit]

Additions Subtractions
WR Darrin Chiaverini (Browns) QB Randall Cunningham (Ravens)
QB Ryan Leaf (Chargers) QB Troy Aikman (retirement)

An eventful off-season created a lot buzz but little change in the Cowboys' fortunes. Franchise quarterback Troy Aikman, after suffering a pair of concussions the previous season, was released by the team. Unable to sign on with another team — in part due to his long history of concussions — Aikman announced his retirement at an emotional and lengthy press conference later in the off-season. This left running back Emmitt Smith as the last of the famed "triplets" from the teams' Super Bowl victories. Veteran quarterback Tony Banks was signed in the off-season from the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens as an immediate replacement, and owner Jerry Jones hand picked Georgia quarterback Quincy Carter with a second round draft choice as the quarterback of the future. Many saw the Carter pick as quite a reach considering Carter's inconsistent career at Georgia and his low draft rating by several other teams.

2001 draft class[edit]

2001 Dallas Cowboys draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
2 53 Quincy Carter  QB Georgia
2 56 Tony Dixon  SS Alabama
3 93 Willie Blade  DT Mississippi State compensatory
4 122 Markus Steele  LB Southern California
5 137 Matt Lehr  G Virginia Tech
6 171 Daleroy Stewart  DT Southern Mississippi
7 207 Colston Weatherington  DL Central Missouri State
7 240 John Nix  DT Southern Mississippi compensatory
7 242 Char-ron Dorsey  OT Florida State compensatory
      Made roster    †   Pro Football Hall of Fame    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

Notes

  • The Cowboys traded their 2000 first-round (No. 19 overall) and 2001 first-round (No. 7 overall) selections to the Seattle Seahawks in exchange for wide receiver Joey Galloway.
  • The Cowboys traded their original second-round selection (No. 37 overall) to the Indianapolis Colts in exchange for second (No. 52 overall) and third-round (No. 81 overall) selections.
  • The Cowboys traded their second-round (No. 52 overall, from Indianapolis) selection to the Miami Dolphins in exchange for second (No. 56 overall) and fourth-round (No. 122 overall) selections.
  • The Cowboys traded two third-round (Nos. 70 and 81 overall) selections to the New Orleans Saints in exchange for a second-round (No. 53 overall) selection.
  • The Cowboys traded their fourth-round (No. 102 overall) and 2002 seventh-round (No. 217 overall) selections to the Atlanta Falcons in exchange for tight end O.J. Santiago. [1]

Undrafted free agents[edit]

2001 Undrafted Free Agents of note
Player Position College
Jason Bell Cornerback UCLA
Demetric Evans Defensive end Georgia
Lynn Scott Safety Northwestern Oklahoma State

Regular season[edit]

Despite what seemed a promising outing in the first pre-season game by starter Tony Banks, the Cowboys, in a very surprising move, released Banks in the middle of training camp and handed the reins over to their rookie quarterback. Unfortunately, a combination of injuries and ineffectiveness led to the Cowboys starting a total of four different quarterbacks over the course of the season including journeyman Anthony Wright and former Arkansas Razorback Clint Stoerner. In an attempt to provide more depth at the quarterback position, the team signed former second-overall draft pick Ryan Leaf mid-season, however he provided no improvement in his limited playing time. His only start of the season, a Week 9 loss to the Falcons, was the final start of his career. The game also marked the first start for Falcons QB Michael Vick.

Even with the injection of new blood, the Cowboys suffered through another 5–11 campaign and a last place finish in the NFC East. The lack of development at quarterback and the offense as a whole would be blamed on offensive coordinator Jack Reilly who was dismissed after the season. Fans became weary of the Cowboys' performance and blamed owner Jerry Jones, who by now had taken a more hands-on approach to running the team.

One notable game included week 7, where the Cowboys led the Giants 24–7 at halftime, but (thanks in part to Clint Stoerner's throwing 4 interceptions) the Giants rallied to win in overtime. In an unusual move, Stoerner was pulled from the game for Ryan Leaf late in the 4th quarter of a tie game. It was Leaf's debut with the team, but he couldn't lead them to victory.

Another infamous game was on Thanksgiving Day against the Broncos. Dallas trailed 26–10 and scored a touchdown in the 4th quarter. Coach Dave Campo decided against "going for 2" which if successful would have made it an eight-point (and one possession game). Campo instead kicked the extra point, keeping the margin at 9. Dallas did score one more late TD but that was not enough to tie the game and they never got the ball back, and lost 26–24.

A fourth consecutive season sweep of rival Washington Redskins and a victory over the San Francisco 49ers were the only victories of note. Much of the focus turned towards Emmitt Smith and his pursuit of the all-time career rushing yardage record. During an early season game against the San Diego Chargers, Bob Hayes was inducted into the Cowboys Ring of Honor.

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result TV Attendance
1 September 9, 2001 Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 10–6 FOX
61,521
2 September 23, 2001 San Diego Chargers L 32–21 CBS
63,430
3 September 30, 2001 at Philadelphia Eagles L 40–18 ESPN
66,621
4 October 7, 2001 at Oakland Raiders L 28–21 FOX
61,535
5 October 15, 2001 Washington Redskins W 9–7 ABC
63,941
6 Bye
7 October 28, 2001 Arizona Cardinals W 17–3 FOX
63,114
8 November 4, 2001 at New York Giants L 27–24 FOX
78,673
9 November 11, 2001 at Atlanta Falcons L 20–13 FOX
69,010
10 November 18, 2001 Philadelphia Eagles L 36–3 FOX
63,204
11 November 22, 2001 Denver Broncos L 26–24 CBS
64,104
12 December 2, 2001 at Washington Redskins W 20–14 FOX
85,112
13 December 9, 2001 New York Giants W 20–13 FOX
61,821
14 December 16, 2001 at Seattle Seahawks L 29–3 FOX
63,366
15 December 23, 2001 at Arizona Cardinals L 17–10 FOX
48,883
16 December 30, 2001 San Francisco 49ers W 27–21 FOX
64,366
17 January 6, 2002 at Detroit Lions L 15–10 FOX
77,512

Standings[edit]

NFC East
W L T PCT PF PA STK
(3) Philadelphia Eagles 11 5 0 .688 343 208 W2
Washington Redskins 8 8 0 .500 256 303 W2
New York Giants 7 9 0 .438 294 321 L2
Arizona Cardinals 7 9 0 .438 295 343 L1
Dallas Cowboys 5 11 0 .313 246 338 L1

Roster[edit]

Dallas Cowboys 2001 roster
Quarterbacks

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen

Linebackers

Defensive Backs

Special Teams

Reserve Lists

Rookies in italics
53 Active, 13 Inactive

Coaching staff[edit]

Dallas Cowboys 2001 coaching staff
Front Office

Head Coaches

Offensive Coaches

 

Defensive Coaches

Special Teams Coaches

  • Strength and Conditioning – Joe Juraszek

Source:[2]

Publications[edit]

The Football Encyclopedia ISBN 0-312-11435-4
Total Football ISBN 0-06-270170-3
Cowboys Have Always Been My Heroes ISBN 0-446-51950-2

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2001 NFL Draft Pick Transactions". ProSportsTransactions.com. 
  2. ^ NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York, NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 113

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