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1996 New York Jets season

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1996 New York Jets season

1996 New York Jets season
Head coach Rich Kotite (resigned)
Owner Leon Hess
Home field The Meadowlands
Record 1–15
Division place 5th AFC East
Playoff finish did not qualify
Previous season Next season
< 1995 1997 >

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.

They are the 5th team to end a season at 1-15. This embarrassment would be later matched by the 2000 Chargers, 2001 Panthers, 2007 Dolphins, and the 2009 Rams.


  • Offseason 1
  • Season 2
  • Schedule 3
  • Standings 4
  • External links 5


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.


O'Donnell was the starter for the first six games of the season, but they went 0–6 under him. He suffered a season-ending shoulder injury during pregame warmups before the seventh game. Longtime Buffalo Bills backup quarterback Frank Reich replaced him, 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 for what would be their only win of the season, in their first game against the Cardinals since 1978.[1] Kotite announced his resignation on December 20.


Week Date Opponent Result Game site Attendance
1 September 1, 1996 at Denver Broncos L 6–31 Mile High Stadium
2 September 8, 1996 Indianapolis Colts L 7–21 Giants Stadium
3 September 15, 1996 at Miami Dolphins L 27–36 Pro Player Stadium
4 September 22, 1996 New York Giants L 6–13 Giants Stadium
Game broadcast by FOX (Mike Breen and Bill Maas)
5 September 29, 1996 at Washington Redskins L 16–31 Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium
6 October 6, 1996 Oakland Raiders L 13–34 Giants Stadium
7 October 13, 1996 at Jacksonville Jaguars L 17–21 Alltel Stadium
8 October 20, 1996 Buffalo Bills L 22–25 Giants Stadium
9 October 27, 1996 at Arizona Cardinals W 31–21 Sun Devil Stadium
10 Bye
11 November 10, 1996 New England Patriots L 27–31 Giants Stadium
12 November 17, 1996 at Indianapolis Colts L 29–34 RCA Dome
13 November 24, 1996 at Buffalo Bills L 10–35 Rich Stadium
14 December 1, 1996 Houston Oilers L 10–35 Giants Stadium
15 December 8, 1996 at New England Patriots L 10–34 Foxboro Stadium
16 December 14, 1996 Philadelphia Eagles L 20–21 Giants Stadium
17 December 22, 1996 Miami Dolphins L 28–31 Giants Stadium


AFC East
(2) New England Patriots 11 5 0 .688 418 313 W1
(4) Buffalo Bills 10 6 0 .625 319 266 W1
(6) Indianapolis Colts 9 7 0 .563 317 334 L1
Miami Dolphins 8 8 0 .500 339 325 W2
New York Jets 1 15 0 .063 279 454 L7

External links

  • 1996 statistics
  1. ^ Arizona Cardinals v New York Jets
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