|2001 Detroit Lions season|
|Owner||William Clay Ford, Sr.|
|Head coach||Marty Mornhinweg|
|General manager||Matt Millen|
|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 general manager 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 general manager.
|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|
|Made roster * Made at least one Pro Bowl during career|
|1||September 9||at Green Bay Packers||L 6-28||0-1||Lambeau Field||Recap|
|2||September 23||at Cleveland Browns||L 14-24||0-2||Cleveland Browns Stadium||Recap|
|4||October 8||St. Louis Rams||L 0-35||0-3||Pontiac Silverdome||Recap|
|5||October 14||at Minnesota Vikings||L 26-31||0-4||Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome||Recap|
|6||October 21||Tennessee Titans||L 24-27||0-5||Pontiac Silverdome||Recap|
|7||October 28||Cincinnati Bengals||L 27-31||0-6||Pontiac Silverdome||Recap|
|8||November 4||at San Francisco 49ers||L 13-21||0-7||3Com Park||Recap|
|9||November 11||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||L 17-20||0-8||Pontiac Silverdome||Recap|
|10||November 18||at Arizona Cardinals||L 38-45||0-9||Sun Devil Stadium||Recap|
|11||November 22||Green Bay Packers||L 27-29||0-10||Pontiac Silverdome||Recap|
|12||December 2||at Chicago Bears||L 10-13||0-11||Soldier Field||Recap|
|13||December 9||at Tampa Bay Buccaneers||L 12-15||0-12||Raymond James Stadium||Recap|
|14||December 16||Minnesota Vikings||W 27-24||1-12||Pontiac Silverdome||Recap|
|15||December 23||at Pittsburgh Steelers||L 14-47||1-13||Heinz Field||Recap|
|16||December 30||Chicago Bears||L 0-24||1-14||Pontiac Silverdome||Recap|
|17||January 6||Dallas Cowboys||W 15 -10||2-14||Pontiac Silverdome||Recap|
|(4)Green Bay Packers||12||4||0||.750||390||266||W3|
|(6)Tampa Bay Buccaneers||9||7||0||.563||324||280||L1|