2001 Detroit Lions season

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2001 Detroit Lions season
Head coach Marty Mornhinweg
General manager Matt Millen
Owner William Clay Ford, Sr.
Home field Pontiac Silverdome
Results
Record 2–14
Division place 5th NFC Central
Playoff finish did not qualify
Uniform
NFC-Throwback-Uniform-DET.PNG

The 2001 Detroit Lions season was the franchise's 72nd season in the National Football League.

Marty Mornhinweg was named the twenty-first head coach in franchise history on January 21, 2001,[1] after owner William Clay Ford, Sr. controversially fired 2000 interim coach Gary Moeller.[2]

The season began with much optimism, with the Lions hoping to improve on their 9–7 record from 2000; however, the Lions were extremely disappointing and had the worst start to an NFL season since the 1986 Indianapolis Colts began 0–13. They were widely believed to be likely to suffer the NFL’s first 0–16 season[3] before they defeated the Minnesota Vikings. Prior to that, they had lost an NFL record nine consecutive games by eight points or less.[3]

Seven seasons later, the Lions went 0–16 after a week 17 loss to the Green Bay Packers. [4]

This was the final season that the Lions played at the Pontiac Silverdome before moving to Ford Field the following season, as well as the final season for the NFC Central Division, which would dissolve following the NFL's realignment in 2002.

This would also be the first season under new general manager Matt Millen, as he would be the team's GM for the next six seasons and first 3 games of the 2008 season. This would start a stage of futility for the Lions, as they would fail to post a winning record with Millen as GM.

Offseason[edit]

NFL Draft[edit]

2001 Detroit Lions draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 18 Jeff Backus  Offensive tackle Michigan
2 50 Dominic Raiola  Center Nebraska
2 61 Shaun Rogers *  Defensive tackle Texas
5 148 Scotty Anderson  Wide receiver Grambling State
5 149 Mike McMahon  Quarterback Rutgers
6 173 Jason Glenn  Linebacker Texas A&M
      Made roster    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

[5]

Undrafted free agents[edit]

2002 Undrafted Free Agents of note
Player Position College
Josh Lovelady Guard Houston

Personnel[edit]

Staff[edit]

2001 Detroit Lions staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning

  • Strength and Conditioning – Jason Arapoff
  • Assistant Strength and Conditioning – Malcolm Blacken

[6]

Roster[edit]

2001 Detroit Lions 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, 3 Inactive, 4 Practice squad

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Lions' Points Opponents' Points Record Streak Attendance TV Time
1 09/09/01 at Green Bay Packers L 6 28 0–1 L-1
59,523
1:00pm FOX
2 09/23/01 at Cleveland Browns L 14 24 0–2 L-2
73,168
1:00pm FOX
3 Bye
4 10/08/01 St. Louis Rams L 0 35 0–3 L-3
77,765
9:00pm ABC
5 10/14/01 at Minnesota Vikings L 26 31 0–4 L-4
64,048
1:00pm FOX
6 10/21/01 Tennessee Titans L 24 27 0–5 L-5
76,940
1:00pm CBS
7 10/28/01 Cincinnati Bengals L 27 31 0–6 L-6
69,343
1:00pm CBS
8 11/04/01 at San Francisco 49ers L 13 21 0–7 L-7
67,605
4:15pm FOX
9 11/11/01 Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 17 20 0–8 L-8
74,268
1:00pm FOX
10 11/18/01 at Arizona Cardinals L 38 45 0–9 L-9
32,332
4:15pm FOX
11 11/22/01 Green Bay Packers L 27 29 0–10 L-10
77,730
12:30pm FOX
12 12/02/01 at Chicago Bears L 10 13 0–11 L-11
66,944
1:00pm FOX
13 12/09/01 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 12 15 0–12 L-12
65,514
1:00pm FOX
14 12/16/01 Minnesota Vikings W 27 24 1–12 W-1
72,190
1:00pm FOX
15 12/23/01 at Pittsburgh Steelers L 14 47 1–13 L-1
62,809
1:00pm FOX
16 12/30/01 Chicago Bears L 0 21 1–14 L-2
76,067
1:00pm FOX
17 01/06/02 Dallas Cowboys W 15 10 2–14 W-1
77,512
1:00pm FOX

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Standings[edit]

NFC Central
W L T PCT PF PA STK
(2) Chicago Bears 13 3 0 .813 338 203 W4
(4) Green Bay Packers 12 4 0 .750 390 266 W3
(6) Tampa Bay Buccaneers 9 7 0 .563 324 280 L1
Minnesota Vikings 5 11 0 .313 290 390 L4
Detroit Lions 2 14 0 .125 270 424 W1

References[edit]

  1. ^ NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York, NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p.117
  2. ^ "Mornhinweg Hired To Coach the Lions." New York Times, January 25, 2001. Retrieved on July 14, 2009.
  3. ^ a b “Infamy Awaits the Lions” in The Free Lance Star, Sunday December 16, 2001; p. C11
  4. ^ https://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=newsarchive&sid=aAxVc5OuvWyA
  5. ^ "2001 Detroit Lions Draftees". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved September 27, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Administration and Coaching Staff". 2001 Detroit Lions Media Guide. pp. 4–32. 
  7. ^ https://www.pro-football-reference.com/teams/det/2001.htm?redir

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