A Look Back: 15 Years Ago, The Jets/Patriots Feud Begins

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This morning, we take a look back in Jets history 15 years. The year was 1997 and, the feud between the New York Jets and the New England Patriots began. Well, the Jets and the Patriots had been rivals since the 1960s and the days of the AFL, but 1997 was the year that everything came to a head. And it came to a head because of the man to the right, Bill Parcells.

To look back, let’s set the scene first.

The 1996 season came and went, and it was not a good one for the New York Jets, as they went 1-15. Frankly, it was pathetic. Rich Kotite was the head coach, and he liked to talk about how the team was “swarming”, and this was indication to him that the team was getting better. They were swarming all over for 1 win. That was a heck of a lot of “swarming”, that showed no results at all.

All the while, an interesting season was going on in New England. The Patriots were on their way to an eventual Super Bowl appearance against the Green Bay Packers. However, Bill Parcells was becoming dissatisfied with his position as head coach of the Patriots. He had begun receiving resistance to making the draft picks that he wanted to make, was overruled on some picks, this type of thing. This was the year of the famous “If you want someone to make the dinner, you ought to let them buy the groceries” quote. Bill was not happy, and he wanted out.

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  • Alex Parziale

    I have been going to games since 1991.  In 1992 my father and I finally got season tickets of our own. From 1991 through 1994 season it rained during one game.  Kotite came in and litterally a black cloud came in.  The home opener in 1996 actually was delyed during the game due to a lightening and thunder storm.  It seemed like every home game it rained.  1997 season Jets playing vs Ravens. The game is raining on and off, sometime every heavy.  Last play of regulation Testerverde throws a TD to send the game into OT for Baltimore.  The Jets march donw filed and just as John Hall kicks the game winner, the sun came out – litterally! It was the first time since 1986 the Jets had sole possesion of first place.
    Another side not Bill Bellicheck was named Jets head coach twice, yet he never coached a game at that position for them.

  • AlanSchechter

     @Alex Parziale
     Had been a long time hadn’t it Alex?  Thanks for sharing those memories about those games.
    Also very true on Belichick.  That’s one thing we can hang our hats on, we are probably to only team ever to hire a coach 2x, and have them never coach a game. 
    I’m probably going to do more posts about the rivalry to discuss the Belichick hirings, and more.