2000 New England Patriots Season
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2000 New England Patriots Season

2000 New England Patriots season
Head coachBill Belichick
OwnerRobert Kraft
Home fieldFoxboro Stadium
Division place5th AFC East
Playoff finishdid not qualify
Pro Bowlersnone
AP All-Prosnone

The 2000 New England Patriots season was the franchise's 31st season in the National Football League and the 41st overall. They finished with a 5-11 record and in last place in the division.

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.[1] 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."[2]), and proceeded to give a half-hour resignation speech to the press.[3] 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.[4] 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 antitrust lawsuit against the NFL in federal court.[4] 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.[4] 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.[4]

Belichick restructured the team's personnel department in the offseason,[5] and later proclaimed that the team "could not win with 40 good players while the other team has 53,"[6] after a number of players showed up out of shape for the start of training camp.[6] 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. As of 2018, this represents the Patriots' most recent losing season.


2000 NFL Draft

2000 New England Patriots Draft Selections
Round Overall Player Position College
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[a] 161 Jeff Marriott Defensive tackle Missouri
6 187 Antwan Harris Safety Virginia
6 199 Tom Brady Quarterback Michigan
6 201 David Nugent Defensive end Purdue
7 226 Casey Tisdale Linebacker New Mexico
7 239 Patrick Pass Fullback Georgia


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.

Week 1 roster

Final roster

Regular season


Week Date Opponent Result TV Record Attendance
1 September 3, 2000 Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 16-21 FOX 0-1
2 September 11, 2000 at New York Jets L 19-20 ABC 0-2
3 September 17, 2000 Minnesota Vikings L 13-21 FOX 0-3
4 September 24, 2000 at Miami Dolphins L 3-10 CBS 0-4
5 October 1, 2000 at Denver Broncos W 28-19 CBS 1-4
6 October 8, 2000 Indianapolis Colts W 24-16 CBS 2-4
7 October 15, 2000 New York Jets L 17-34 CBS 2-5
8 October 22, 2000 at Indianapolis Colts L 23-30 CBS 2-6
9 Bye
10 November 5, 2000 Buffalo Bills L 13-16 CBS 2-7
11 November 12, 2000 at Cleveland Browns L 11-19 CBS 2-8
12 November 19, 2000 Cincinnati Bengals W 16-13 CBS 3-8
13 November 23, 2000 at Detroit Lions L 9-34 CBS 3-9
14 December 4, 2000 Kansas City Chiefs W 30-24 ABC 4-9
15 December 10, 2000 at Chicago Bears L 17-24 CBS 4-10
16 December 17, 2000 at Buffalo Bills W 13-10 (OT) CBS 5-10
17 December 24, 2000 Miami Dolphins L 24-27 CBS 5-11


AFC East
(3)Miami Dolphins 11 5 0 .688 323 226 W1
(6)Indianapolis Colts 10 6 0 .625 429 326 W3
New York Jets 9 7 0 .563 321 321 L3
Buffalo Bills 8 8 0 .500 315 350 W1
New England Patriots 5 11 0 .313 276 338 L1


  1. ^ The Patriots' received the St. Louis Rams' fifth-round pick in 2000 as part of a trade for Mike Jones in 1998.[7]


  1. ^ Take That! (p. 2) Football Digest. Accessed December 16, 2007.
  2. ^ The Buzz: Bobby's world isn't all bad The Virginian-Pilot. Accessed December 16, 2007.
  3. ^ McEntegart, Pete (July 28, 2006). "The 10 spot". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 2010.
  4. ^ a b c d Take That! (p. 3) Football Digest. Accessed December 16, 2007.
  5. ^ "Patriots fire Grier". Associated Press. The Standard-Times (New Bedford). May 2, 2000. Retrieved 2008.
  6. ^ a b Freeman, Mike (July 26, 2000). "PRO FOOTBALL; Belichick Has Patriots' Ears; Now the Hard Part". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008.
  7. ^ "Patriots.com summary". Archived from the original on January 6, 2010. Retrieved 2007.

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