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1976 New York Jets season
Head Coach Lou Holtz
Home Field Shea Stadium
Results
Record 3–11
Place 4th AFC East
Playoff Finish did not qualify
Timeline
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1975 1977

The 1976 New York Jets season was the 17th season for the team and the seventh in the National Football League. It began with the team trying to improve upon its 3–11 record from 1975 under new head coach Lou Holtz. The Jets again finished with a record of 3–11, which combined with the departure of Holtz before the end of the season, prompted John Facenda to say about the Jets during the NFL Films highlight film for that season "Perhaps the best thing to say about the 1976 New York Jets season is that it's over".

The only teams that the Jets defeated in 1976 were the 2-12 Buffalo Bills (twice) and the 0-14 Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Jets were 0-9 vs. teams with a winning record.

The 1976 season was also the twelfth and final year with the Jets for quarterback Joe Namath.[1]

--Offseason==

NFL DraftEdit

Main article: 1976 NFL Draft


1976 New York Jets draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 6 Richard Todd QB Alabama
      Made roster    †   Pro Football Hall of Fame    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

Undrafted free agentsEdit

1976 Undrafted Free Agents of note
Player Position College
Jim Rosecrans Linebacker Penn State
Howard Satterwhite Wide Receiver Sam Houston State


RosterEdit

1976 New York Jets 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
Active, Inactive, Practice squad

ScheduleEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site Attendance
1 September 12 Cleveland Browns L 38–17 0-1 Cleveland Stadium
67,496
2 September 19 Denver Broncos L 46–3 0-2 Mile High Stadium
62,669
3 September 29 Miami Dolphins L 16–0 0-3 Miami Orange Bowl
49,754
4 October 3 San Francisco 49ers L 17–6 0-4 Candlestick Park
42,961
5 October 10 Buffalo Bills W 17–14 1-4 Shea Stadium
59,110
6 October 18 New England Patriots L 41–7 1-5 Schafer Stadium
50,883
7 October 24 Baltimore Colts L 20–0 1-6 Shea Stadium
59,576
8 October 31 Buffalo Bills W 19–14 2-6 Rich Stadium
41,285
9 November 7 Miami Dolphins L 27–7 2-7 Shea Stadium
53,344
10 November 14 Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 34–0 3-7 Shea Stadium
46,426
11 November 21 New England Patriots L 38–24 3-8 Shea Stadium
49,983
12 November 28 Baltimore Colts L 33–16 3-9 Memorial Stadium
44,023
13 December 5 Washington Redskins L 37–16 3-10 Shea Stadium
46,638
14 December 12 Cincinnati Bengals L 42–3 3-11 Shea Stadium
31,067

StandingsEdit

AFC East
W L T PCT PF PA STK
New England Patriots 11 3 0 .786 376 236 W-6
Baltimore Colts 11 3 0 .786 417 246 W-1
Miami Dolphins 6 8 0 .429 263 264 L-1
New York Jets 3 11 0 .214 169 383 L-4
Buffalo Bills 2 12 0 .143 245 363 L-10

In popular cultureEdit

  • The television series, Barney Miller, referenced the game between the Buccaneers playing at the Jets, in the 3rd season episode "The Recluse", in which Yemana had tickets to the Jets/Tampa Bay game. When asked "Why?", his response, "They were on sale". The Tampa Bay Buccaneers finished 0–14 the same season.

External linksEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Namath would play one final season with the 1977 L.A. Rams

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