2001 Detroit Lions season
|2001 Detroit Lions season|
|Head coach||Marty Mornhinweg|
|General manager||Matt Millen|
|Owner||William Clay Ford, Sr.|
|Home field||Pontiac Silverdome|
|Division place||5th NFC Central|
|Playoff finish||did not qualify|
The 2001 Detroit Lions season was the franchise's 82nd season in the National Football League.
Marty Mornhinweg was named the twenty-first head coach in franchise history on January 21, 2001, after owner William Clay Ford, Sr. had controversially fired 2000 interim coach Gary Moeller, who remains the only Lions head coach with a winning record since 1972.
Hoping to improve on their 9–7 record from 2000, 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 before they defeated the Minnesota Vikings. Prior to that, they had lost an NFL record nine consecutive games by eight points or less.
|2001 Detroit Lions draft|
|1||18||Jeff Backus||Offensive tackle||Michigan|
|2||61||Shaun Rogers *||Defensive tackle||Texas|
|5||148||Scotty Anderson||Wide receiver||Grambling State|
|6||173||Jason Glenn||Linebacker||Texas A&M|
|Pro Bowl during careerMade roster Made at least one|
|2001 Detroit Lions staff|
Special teams coaches
Strength and conditioning
|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||
|2||09/23/01||at Cleveland Browns||L||14||24||0–2||L-2||
|4||10/08/01||St. Louis Rams||L||0||35||0–3||L-3||
|5||10/14/01||at Minnesota Vikings||L||26||31||0–4||L-4||
|8||11/04/01||at San Francisco 49ers||L||13||21||0–7||L-7||
|9||11/11/01||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||L||17||20||0–8||L-8||
|10||11/18/01||at Arizona Cardinals||L||38||45||0–9||L-9||
|11||11/22/01||Green Bay Packers||L||27||29||0–10||L-10||
|12||12/02/01||at Chicago Bears||L||10||13||0–11||L-11||
|13||12/09/01||at Tampa Bay Buccaneers||L||12||15||0–12||L-12||
|15||12/23/01||at Pittsburgh Steelers||L||14||47||1–13||L-1||
|(2) Chicago Bears||13||3||0||.813||338||203||W4|
|(3) Green Bay Packers||12||4||0||.750||390||266||W3|
|(6) Tampa Bay Buccaneers||9||7||0||.563||324||280||L1|
- NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p.117
- "Mornhinweg Hired To Coach the Lions." New York Times, January 25, 2001. Retrieved on July 14, 2009.
- “Infamy Awaits the Lions” in The Free Lance Star, Sunday December 16, 2001; p. C11
- "2001 Detroit Lions Draftees". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved September 27, 2014.
- "Administration and Coaching Staff". 2001 Detroit Lions Media Guide. pp. 4–32.