|2000 New England Patriots season|
|Head Coach||Bill Belichick|
|Home Field||Foxboro Stadium|
|Place||5th AFC East|
|Playoff Finish||did not qualify|
|Previous season||Next season|
Following the firing of three-year head coach Pete Carroll in January, Patriots owner Bob Kraft pursued Jets assistant head coach Bill Belichick for the Patriots' head coaching vacancy. Belichick, who had been an assistant coach under Bill Parcells with the Patriots in 1997, followed Parcells to the Jets after that season and was contractually named Parcells' successor. A day after the 1999 season, Parcells resigned as head coach of the Jets and made his second retirement from NFL coaching. Belichick, who had been assistant head coach of the Jets, became the Jets' next head coach. The following day, at a press conference for his hiring, Belichick wrote a resignation note on a napkin ("I resign as HC of the NYJ."), and proceeded to give a half-hour resignation speech to the press. Despite rumors that he had been offered the Patriots' vacant head coaching position, Belichick cited the Jets' uncertain ownership situation following the death of owner Leon Hess earlier that year as the reason for his resignation. The Jets denied Belichick permission to speak with other teams, and as had happened in 1997 with Parcells, the NFL upheld Belichick's contractual obligations to the Jets. Belichick then filed an antritrust lawsuit against the NFL in federal court. After Parcells and Kraft, talking for the first time since Parcells' resignation from the Patriots, agreed to settle their differences, the Patriots and Jets agreed to a compensation package to allow Belichick to become the Patriots' head coach. With the deal, the Patriots sent their first-round pick in the 2000 NFL Draft and fourth and seventh-round picks in the 2001 NFL Draft to the Jets, while also receiving the Jets' fifth-round selection in 2001 and seventh-round pick in the 2002 NFL Draft.
Belichick restructured the team's personnel department in the offseason, and later proclaimed that the team "could not win with 40 good players while the other team has 53," after a number of players showed up out of shape for the start of training camp. The Patriots went on to finish the season 5–11, finishing last in the AFC East and missing the playoffs for the second straight season.
2000 NFL Draft
|2||46||Adrian Klemm||Offensive tackle||Hawaii|
|3||76||J. R. Redmond||Running back||Arizona State|
|4||127||Greg Robinson-Randall||Offensive tackle||Michigan State|
|5||141||Dave Stachelski||Tight end||Boise State|
|5||161||Jeff Marriott||Defensive tackle||Missouri|
|6||201||David Nugent||Defensive end||Purdue|
|7||226||Casey Tisdale||Linebacker||New Mexico|
|New England Patriots 2000 staff|
Special Teams Coaches
Strength and Conditioning
Opening training camp roster
As of the Patriots' first training camp practice at Foxboro Stadium on July 17 (practices at Bryant College started on July 23), they had the NFL maximum of 80 players signed to their roster. The Patriots received four roster exemptions for the NFL Europe allocations of Garrett Johnson, Marc Megna, Sean Morey, and Noel Scarlett. Additionally, the Patriots allocated tackle Ed Ellis to NFL Europe and received a roster exemption for him, but he was released before the start of training camp.
|New England Patriots 2000 opening training camp roster|
Week 1 roster
|New England Patriots 2000 Week 1 roster|
|New England Patriots 2000 final roster|
|1||September 3, 2000||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||L 21–16|
|2||September 11, 2000||at New York Jets||L 20–19|
|3||September 17, 2000||Minnesota Vikings||L 21–13|
|4||September 24, 2000||at Miami Dolphins||L 10–3|
|5||October 1, 2000||at Denver Broncos||W 28–19|
|6||October 8, 2000||Indianapolis Colts||W 24–16|
|7||October 15, 2000||New York Jets||L 34–17|
|8||October 22, 2000||at Indianapolis Colts||L 30–23|
|10||November 5, 2000||Buffalo Bills||L 16–13|
|11||November 12, 2000||at Cleveland Browns||L 19–11|
|12||November 19, 2000||Cincinnati Bengals||W 16–13|
|13||November 23, 2000||at Detroit Lions||L 34–9|
|14||December 4, 2000||Kansas City Chiefs||W 30–24|
|15||December 10, 2000||at Chicago Bears||L 24–17|
|16||December 17, 2000||at Buffalo Bills||W 13–10|
|17||December 24, 2000||Miami Dolphins||L 27–24|
|New York Jets||9||7||0||.563||321||321||L-3|
|New England Patriots||5||11||0||.313||276||338||L-1|
Notes and references
- Take That! (p. 2) Football Digest. Accessed 16 December 2007.
- The Buzz: Bobby's world isn't all bad The Virginian-Pilot. Accessed 16 December 2007.
- McEntegart, Pete (2006-07-28). "The 10 spot". Sports Illustrated. http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2006/writers/pete_mcentegart/07/28/ten.spot/index.html. Retrieved 2010-02-13.
- Take That! (p. 3) Football Digest. Accessed 16 December 2007.
- "Patriots fire Grier". Associated Press. The Standard-Times (New Bedford). 2000-05-02. http://archive.southcoasttoday.com/daily/05-00/05-02-00/c01sp104.htm. Retrieved 2008-06-01.
- Freeman, Mike (2000-07-26). "PRO FOOTBALL; Belichick Has Patriots' Ears; Now the Hard Part". The New York Times. http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9D05E1DF1E3AF935A15754C0A9669C8B63&scp=1&sq=&st=nyt. Retrieved 2008-06-01.
- The Patriots' received the St. Louis Rams' fifth-round pick in 2000 as part of a trade for Mike Jones in 1998. Patriots.com summary