2001 Detroit Lions season
|2001 Detroit Lions season|
|Head coach||Marty Mornhinweg|
|General manager||Matt Millen|
|Owner||William Clay Ford, Sr.|
|Home field||Pontiac Silverdome|
|Division place||5th NFC Central|
|Playoff finish||Did not qualify|
|Pro Bowlers||DE Robert Porcher|
The 2001 Detroit Lions season was the franchise's 72nd season in the National Football League. Marty Mornhinweg was named the twenty-first head coach in franchise history on January 21, 2001, after owner William Clay Ford, Sr. controversially fired 2000 interim coach Gary Moeller.
The season began with much optimism, with the Lions hoping to improve on their 9–7 record from 2000; however, the Lions were extremely disappointing and had the worst start to an NFL season since the 1986 Indianapolis Colts began 0–13. They were widely believed to be likely to suffer the NFL’s first 0–16 season before they defeated the Minnesota Vikings. Prior to that, they had lost an NFL record nine consecutive games by eight points or less.
This was the final season that the Lions played at the Pontiac Silverdome before moving to Ford Field the following season, as well as the final season for the NFC Central Division, which would dissolve following the NFL's realignment in 2002, although all NFC Central teams except the Tampa Bay Buccaneers formed the new NFC North Division.
The Lions closed the Silverdome by defeating the Dallas Cowboys 15-10 in the regular season finale. Coincidentally, the Cowboys defeated the Lions 36-10 in the first regular season game at the Silverdome (then known as Pontiac Metropolitan Stadium) in 1975.
This would also be the first season under new general manager Matt Millen, as he would be the team's GM for the next six seasons and first 3 games of the 2008 season. This would start a stage of futility for the Lions, as they would fail to post a winning record with Millen as GM.
|2001 Detroit Lions draft|
|1||18||Jeff Backus||Offensive tackle||Michigan|
|2||61||Shaun Rogers *||Defensive tackle||Texas|
|5||148||Scotty Anderson||Wide receiver||Grambling State|
|6||173||Jason Glenn||Linebacker||Texas A&M|
|Pro Bowl during careerMade roster Made at least one|
Undrafted free agents
Special teams coaches
Strength and conditioning
|(2) Chicago Bears||13||3||0||.813||338||203||W4|
|(4) Green Bay Packers||12||4||0||.750||390||266||W3|
|(6) Tampa Bay Buccaneers||9||7||0||.563||324||280||L1|
- NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York, NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p.117
- "Mornhinweg Hired To Coach the Lions." New York Times, January 25, 2001. Retrieved on July 14, 2009.
- “Infamy Awaits the Lions” in The Free Lance Star, Sunday December 16, 2001; p. C11
- "2001 Detroit Lions Draftees". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved September 27, 2014.
- "Administration and Coaching Staff". 2001 Detroit Lions Media Guide. pp. 4–32.