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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