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1996 New York Jets season
Head Coach Rich Kotite
Home Field The Meadowlands
Results
Record 1–15
Place 5th in AFC East
Playoff Finish did not qualify
Timeline
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The 1996 New York Jets season began with the team trying to improve upon its league-worst 3–13 record from 1995. However, this season proved even more calamitous as they finished 1–15, which is the worst record in franchise history. This led to the resignation of head coach Rich Kotite after the season ended.

OffseasonEdit

The Jets cut quarterback Boomer Esiason after he failed to replicate the success he enjoyed with the Cincinnati Bengals. They signed Neil O'Donnell, who had just led the Pittsburgh Steelers to the Super Bowl. The Jets received the first pick in the NFL draft in April and drafted wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson out of the University of Southern California. The Jets also signed offensive tackles Jumbo Elliott and David Williams and receivers Jeff Graham and Webster Slaughter. The Jets spent $70 million in the offseason on free-agent and rookie contracts.

ScheduleEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Game site Attendance
1 September 1 at Denver L 31–6 Mile High
70,595
2 September 8 Indianapolis L 21–7 The Meadowlands
63,534
3 September 15 at Miami L 36–27 Pro Player Stadium
68,137
4 September 22 NY Giants L 13–6 The Meadowlands
58,339
5 September 29 at Washington L 31–16 RFK Stadium
52,068
6 October 6 Oakland L 34–13 The Meadowlands
63,611
7 October 13 at Jacksonville L 21–17 Alltel Stadium
65,699
8 October 20 Buffalo L 25–22 The Meadowlands
49,775
9 October 27 at Arizona W 31–21 Sun Devil Stadium
28,088
10 Bye week
11 November 10 New England L 31–27 The Meadowlands
61,843
12 November 17 at Indianapolis L 34–29 RCA Dome
48,322
13 November 24 at Buffalo L 35–10 Rich Stadium
60,854
14 December 1 Houston L 35–10 The Meadowlands
21,731
15 December 8 at New England L 34–10 Foxboro Stadium
54,621
16 December 14 Philadelphia L 21–20 The Meadowlands
29,176
17 December 22 Miami L 31–28 The Meadowlands
49,933

StandingsEdit

Template:1996 AFC East standings

SeasonEdit

O'Donnell was the starter for the first six games of the season, but they went 0–6 under him. After he suffered an injury during pregame warmups Kotite benched O'Donnell in favor of longtime Buffalo Bills backup quarterback Frank Reich, but he didn't fare much better. They lost to Jacksonville and Buffalo, before the now lowly 0–8 Jets beat former Jets QB Boomer Esiason and his new team, the Arizona Cardinals (although Esiason didn't play for the game for Arizona), in Sun Devil Stadium. It was the Jets' only win of the season. They finished the year with the worst record in the NFL at 1–15.

PersonnelEdit

Staff/CoachesEdit

1996 New York Jets staff
Front Office   Coaching Staff
  • Head Coach - Rich Kotite

Offensive coaches

  Defensive coaches

Scouting Department

RosterEdit

1996 New York Jets final roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs


Wide receivers


Tight ends

Offensive Linemen


Defensive Linemen

Linebackers


Defensive Backs


Special Teams

  • 11 Brian Hansen P
  • 5 Don Silvestri K
*Note: Rookies in italics

ReferencesEdit

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