American Football Database
1999 New England Patriots season
Head Coach Pete Carroll
Home Field Foxboro Stadium
Record 8–8
Place T-4th AFC East
Playoff Finish did not qualify
Pro Bowlers WR Terry Glenn
SS Lawyer Milloy
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The 1999 New England Patriots season was the 30th season for the team in the National Football League and 40th season overall. They finished with a 8–8 record, tied for fourth place in the division, and out of the playoffs.

In May, the Patriots announced their intention to pull out of a publicly financed stadium deal in Hartford, Connecticut and instead work towards building a privately financed new stadium, which would become Gillette Stadium, at the site of the existing Foxboro Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts.[1] On the field, the Patriots came into the 1999 season without second-year running back Robert Edwards; after rushing for over 1,100 yards in 1998, the rookie suffered a serious knee injury playing in a rookie beach game in Hawaii after the season.[2] Taking Edwards' place were veteran Terry Allen and rookie Kevin Faulk, but neither player was able to eclipse 1,000 yards rushing and overall the Patriots' rushing offense was 23rd in the NFL. After beginning the season with a 6–2 record the team stumbled down the stretch and finished 8–8 and out of the playoffs for the first time since 1995. Following the season finale, third year head coach Pete Carroll was fired,[3] while vice president of player personnel Bobby Grier was retained only until the 2000 NFL Draft.[4]

1999 NFL Draft

1999 New England Patriots Draft Selections
Round Overall Player Position College
1[5] 17 Damien Woody Center Boston College
1[6] 28 Andy Katzenmoyer Linebacker Ohio State
2[7] 46 Kevin Faulk Running back LSU
3[8] 91 Tony George Safety Florida
5 154 Derrick Fletcher Offensive guard Baylor
6[9] 180 Marcus Washington Safety Colorado
7 227 Michael Bishop Quarterback Kansas State
7 241 Sean Morey Wide receiver Brown
compensatory selection
1999 New England Patriots Supplemental Draft Selections
Round Overall Player Position College
4 J'Juan Cherry Cornerback Arizona State


New England Patriots 1999 staff
Front Office
  • Chairman/CEO – Robert Kraft
  • Vice President – Jonathan Kraft
  • Senior Vice President/COO – Andy Wasynczuk
  • Vice President of Player Personnel – Bobby Grier
  • Director of College Scouting – Larry Cook
  • Director of Pro Scouting – Dave Uyrus
  • Assistant Director of Pro Scouting – Andre Tippett

Head Coaches

Offensive Coaches


Defensive Coaches

Special Teams Coaches

  • Special Teams – Brad Seely
  • Special Teams Coaching Assistant – Mark Jackson

Strength and Conditioning


Regular season
Week Date Result Score Attendance Opponent
Week 1 Sep 12 W 30–28 at New York Jets
Week 2 Sep 19 W 31–28 vs Indianapolis Colts
Week 3 Sep 26 W 16–14 vs New York Giants
Week 4 Oct 3 W 19–7 at Cleveland Browns
Week 5 Oct 10 L 16–14 at Kansas City Chiefs
Week 6 Oct 17 L 31–30 vs Miami Dolphins
Week 7 Oct 24 W 24–23 vs Denver Broncos
Week 8 Oct 31 W 27–3 at Arizona Cardinals
Week 9 Bye Week
Week 10 Nov 15 L 24–17 vs New York Jets
Week 11 Nov 21 L 27–17 at Miami Dolphins
Week 12 Nov 28 L 17–7 at Buffalo Bills
Week 13 Dec 5 W 13–6 vs Dallas Cowboys
Week 14 Dec 12 L 20–15 at Indianapolis Colts
Week 15 Dec 19 L 24–9 at Philadelphia Eagles
Week 16 Dec 26 L 13–10 vs Buffalo Bills
Week 17 Jan 2 W 20–3 vs Baltimore Ravens


AFC East
Indianapolis Colts 13 3 0 .813 423 333
Buffalo Bills 11 5 0 .688 320 229
Miami Dolphins 9 7 0 .563 326 336
New York Jets 8 8 0 .500 308 309
New England Patriots 8 8 0 .500 299 284

Notable games

The Jets lost quarterback Vinny Testaverde in the second quarter when he ruptured his left achilles, and backup Tom Tupa (a former Patriots punter) was put in. The Patriots rallied from down 16–10 at the half with 17 points scored in the third quarter, but the Jets stormed back themselves with two touchdowns on a Tupa throw to Fred Baxter and a Bryan Cox interception return; both times the Jets went for two-point conversions but failed. The Jets' emergency quarterback Rick Mirer was put in late in the fourth and a throw was deflected by Ty Law and recovered by Chris Slade, setting up the game-winning Adam Vinatieri field goal of a 30–28 Patriots win. Kevin Faulk made his Patriots debut in this game, rushing ten times for 17 yards and catching one pass for eight yards.

The Patriots committed 15 penalties eating up 135 yards and trailed 28–7 at halftime in Peyton Manning's second career trip to Foxboro. But Drew Bledsoe answered with touchdowns to Terry Allen and Ben Coates to tie the game late in the fourth; the two Coates scores came off a Marcus Pollard fumble and a Manning three-and-out forced by Ty Law. Edgerrin James was then stripped by Tebucky Jones, setting up the game-winning Vinatieri field goal of a 31–28 Patriots comeback. Coates's fourth-quarter scores turned out to be the last of his career.

Trailing 7–3 at the half, the Chiefs behind Elvis Grbac scored 13 points in the second half. The Patriots scored in the fourth on a Shawn Jefferson touchdown catch, then in the final minute the Patriots stormed down field, but a 32-yard Vinatieri field goal try on the final play bounced off the right upright, securing a 16–14 Chiefs win.

Dan Marino was injured after throwing an interception returned by Andy Katzenmoyer for a 57-yard touchdown and was replaced by future Patriots backup quarterback Damon Huard. Huard was picked off by Ty Law for a 27-yard touchdown, but from there the Dolphins clawed back into contention and Huard won the game in the final seconds on a short touchdown toss to Stanley Pritchett and a 31–30 Dolphins win.

The Patriots defeated the Broncos for the first time since 1980 after going 0–11 lifetime against John Elway. Both teams rushed for 133 yards while Brian Griese of the Broncos threw for 309 yards compared to a modest 192 passing yards for Drew Bledsoe. Kevin Faulk scored on a 15-yard rushing touchdown as the Patriots rushed to a 24–13 third-quarter lead and sweated out a Broncos rally to win 24–23; the margin of victory turned out to be set by a missed 59-yard field goal try by Jason Elam.

The Patriots mopped the floor of Sun Devil Stadium as Drew Bledsoe threw four touchdowns in a 27–3 runaway. The win, however, proved costly, for Ben Coates was held without a catch for the second time that season, a fact Coates took the media during the ensuing bye week to considerable effect. The game marked a fatal turning point to the Patriots season as Coates' public protest soured his relationship with Bledsoe and coach Pete Carroll; the Patriots fell from 6–2 to finish a dismal 8–8; Coates for his part had only sixteen catches the remainder of the season before he was let go and joined the Baltimore Ravens.

The Patriots entered this game on a three-game losing streak and having never beaten the Cowboys in their history; this was the eighth career meeting between the two clubs. Both Patriot slumps ended as the two defenses kept offense to a premium; Troy Aikman and Drew Bledsoe combined for just 336 passing yards; it was the Patriots ground game that took over to the tune of 116 rushing yards led by Terry Allen's 53 yards and a touchdown in a 13–6 Patriots win. Rookie Kevin Faulk had his most productive game of the season with 36 rushing yards and three catches for 43 yards.

Final roster

New England Patriots 1999 final roster

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen


Defensive Backs

Special Teams

Reserve Lists
data possibly incomplete

Practice Squad

data incomplete


Notes and references

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