The 1996 Kotite Jets
Seeing as I was only ten years old during that 1-15 season, I was hoping to learn from some of the old timers on here about that team.
What exactly made the jets so bad that year? Was it bad offense? Defense? Everything? I know Kotite was terrible but obviously there had to be more to it than just that for such a bad record.
They were mostly close games, from what I can remember, but like all bad teams they always managed to do just enough to lose, usually in the 4th qtr...they had The Bubby Brister famous shuffle pass to the other team...Dexter Carter (typical free agent disaster) fumbling a return or two every week, rookies being thrown in to the fire and failing miserably on national tv
Typical Jets stuff with an idiot head coach added in
I remember hearing Boomer say (much, much later than that year) that Kotite was sneaking out of the facility early to get in a quick 9 holes.
During training camp.
And the regular season.
With a lack of commitment at that level, it's not surprising that everything else fell apart.
Just looked it up, it was more blowouts then I remembered:
1September 1, 1996at Denver BroncosL 6–31Mile High Stadium
2September 8, 1996Indianapolis ColtsL 7–21The Meadowlands
3September 15, 1996at Miami DolphinsL 27–36Pro Player Stadium
4September 22, 1996New York GiantsL 6–13The Meadowlands
5September 29, 1996at Washington RedskinsL 16–31Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium
6October 6, 1996Oakland RaidersL 13–34The Meadowlands
7October 13, 1996at Jacksonville JaguarsL 17–21Alltel Stadium
8October 20, 1996Buffalo BillsL 22–25The Meadowlands
9October 27, 1996at Arizona CardinalsW 31–21Sun Devil Stadium
11November 10, 1996New England PatriotsL 27–31The Meadowlands
12November 17, 1996at Indianapolis ColtsL 29–34RCA Dome
13November 24, 1996at Buffalo BillsL 10–35Rich Stadium
14December 1, 1996Houston OilersL 10–35The Meadowlands
15December 8, 1996at New England PatriotsL 10–34Foxboro Stadium
16December 14, 1996Philadelphia EaglesL 20–21The Meadowlands
17December 22, 1996Miami DolphinsL 28–31The Meadowlands
I don't remember hearing that, another skumbag stealing Hess' money
Originally Posted by beemer
Not sure where to begin:
Bad coaching from top to bottom.
A mismatch of high priced free agents that made little sense.
A malcontent number one pick at wide receiver.
No qb. O'Donnell was signed but was injured most of the year, hence the Bubby Brister shovel pass int for a td.
Tons of injuries. Team was out of shape from a lack of accountability, see number 1.
There was no general direction.
A very bad year to say the least.
It was Hess's Mess! He should of never hired Kotite. He fixed it with Parcells the next season and the Jets have pretty much been competitive ever since.
Coaching was the biggest problem. Not only did Kotite suck as a coach, he also did not care. Was more interested in his golf game. This is why Parcells went from 1-15 to 9-7 with a slight tweak of the roster. This is a fine example of how coaching does matter.
Originally Posted by SRQman87
The team had talent, certainly better than the record would indicate. That team had Keysean Johnson, Wayne Chrebet, Adrian Murrell (ran for over 1200 yds that year), Richie Anderson, and Kyle Brady (great blocker) on offense and Marvin Jones, Mo Lewis, Aaron Glenn, Ray Mickens, Victor Green, and Hugh Douglas on Defense. Chad Cascaddan was a special teams demon who could competently back up at LB.
QB was a problem with Neil Odonnel being very mediocre and the O-Line was bad.
But all in all there was a young nucleus of core players that Parcells used for his run.
C O A C H I N G
the next year Parcells had them at 9-7, and only a Horrible call by the refs in the end zone in game 16 vs the Lions kept them out of the playoffs.
provided some terrific laughs, though
I'll always remember that December Eagles game. The "crowd" was announced at 31,411 or so. I was in my UD seat, one of 17 Jet fans in the stadium, surrounded by 31,394 Eagle fans who had come up from CheesesteakTown.
The Jets took an early lead... Eagle fans began to do what Eagle fans do... boo their team, scream and moan....
We assured them that by the end of the game Kotite would come up with a way to hand the game back to them... and he did
On the way out, one of the Jet fans started to parody Kotite's every game post game press conference speech ---"The boys played hard, they didn't leave anything in the locker room, I saw some positives out there"
An Eagle fan hearing it laughed and said --- Holy Sh1t, that's exactly the same crap that the moron said after every loss when he coached the Eagles. What a moron!
Wow, sounds like a circus.
SOJ I guess.
I remember all them quiet, cold rides home back to long island. I was at every home game. It was sad......
Kotite was a bad coach and the play calling was predictable. If I remember correctly, we would always sign big names guys, but when they were super old like art monk and leonard marshall. I also think they showed some good play at times, only to blow it all in the end. player for player......it wasnt that bad a team.
I remember trying to squeeze into the tunnel listening to kotites usual post game dribble, "they left it all on the fied today fellas..."
In the Miami game at the end of the season, the Jets were in the game as usual. Marino was moving the ball but stalled around the Jets 45 yard line leaving a 4th and 3 to go. Kotite the genius sent out his punt return unit immediately. Marino stayed on the field. Having already screwed things up, Richie called timeout to get his defense back on the field. After a long discussion on the sidelines, the defense came out and lined up for the play. I immediately noticed from the upper deck that the Jets were in an unusual defensive formation -- a 3-4-5 alignment (better known as 12 men on the field). Ball snapped, Marino drops back, throws it short, batted away by a Jet defender. Jet defense starts celebrating with all 12 of them dancing in a big close circle at mid field. Richie starts acting like he had won the Superbowl. I observe the back judge quietly counting the number of Jets in the dancing circle of joy. When he gets to 12 out goes the yellow flag. First and ten, Miami followed by the winning TD to seal another defeat for Team Kotite
Originally Posted by FF2®
How would Boomer have known that? He wasn't a Jet in 96.
Originally Posted by beemer
more good laughs...
A rainy day at the Meadowlands. The Jets line up to punt the ball. The punter gets off a terrific punt which stops dead on the one yard line. The fans start to cheer.
Then, Alex Van Dyke runs headlong down the field, dives on the ball and slides with it into the endzone for the touchback.
When asked about it after the game, Van Dyke said "I didn't know the rule". Kotite's crack Special Teams coach, Kenny Rose, of course had never coached a minute in his life before getting this job and probably didn't know the rule either
What a year for tailgating that was! It was the only fun
Originally Posted by Mohegangreen
on Sundays that year.
any my final memory of the laugh filled 1996 Kotite season.
They actually won a game!!! In Arizona on the road. I was in the car at the end of the game going somewhere and had the post game show on. They were interviewing Kotite's crack Defensive Coordinator. The question was, "Do you think this win will be an important one for the team? His answer was "I think so, a big win for us. I'm thinking that the boys will use this as a springboard, get on a roll and possibly run the table for the rest of the season. It could put us in the playoffs.
They proceeded to lose the final seven games of the season
DC was the immortal Jim Vechiarella, whos teams went 19-61. Thats hard to do. :eek:
Originally Posted by sg3
and even then, the refs took care of their Pats.
On a fourth down pass in their own zone, the Pats hit Ben Coates in the flat and he rambled finally being brought down about a yard and a half short of the first down. It was a close game at that point and that stop could very well have meant a victory over Parcells and the Shats. The official comes running in, takes a look at the marker and spots the ball nearly two yards forward of the point Coates was tackled just far enough upfield for a Patriot first down. Stevie Wonder could see that the spot was incredibly bad and a gift to the Patriots, But, alas, there was no replay at that time so the Pats got their first down and proceeded to score the touchdown that gave them another in their long history of ***wins***.