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The 2000 Arizona Cardinals season was the franchise's 102nd season, 81st season in the National Football League and the 13th in Arizona. The Cardinals ranked 24th in the NFL in total offense and 30th in total defense.[2] The Cardinals ranked last in the NFC in Takeaways/Giveaways with a rating of −24.[2]

2000 Arizona Cardinals season
Head coachVince Tobin
Dave McGinnis
OwnerBill Bidwill
Home fieldSun Devil Stadium
Results
Record3–13
Division place5th NFC East
Playoff finishdid not qualify
Pro BowlersP Scott Player[1]

The Cardinals surrendered 443 points in 2000, the second-worst in the NFL, and second-worst in franchise history.[3] Arizona's minus-233 point differential is the worst in team history.[4]

Two of the Cardinals’ three victories came by one point each, and they were 0–8 on the road. Following the most lopsided of those eight road losses, 48–7 at Dallas in week eight, coach Vince Tobin was fired, ending his tenure in the desert after 4½ seasons with a 29–44 record. Defensive coordinator Dave McGinnis was named interim coach, and he held the job through the end of the 2003 season. The 3-13 mark would be matched in 2018.

The Cardinals suffered through their poorest season since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger, eclipsing the 4–12 marks of 1991, 1992, 1995 and 1997. The Cardinals also went 4–9–1 in 1971, 1972 and 1973, and 4–11–1 in 1986, and would suffer through another 4–12 campaign in 2003.

Contents

OffseasonEdit

NFL DraftEdit

2000 Arizona Cardinals draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 7 Thomas Jones *  RB Virginia
2 41 Raynoch Thompson  LB Tennessee
3 71 Darwin Walker  DT Tennessee
4 102 David Barrett  CB Arkansas
5 136 Mao Tosi  DT Idaho
5 164 Jay Tant  TE Northwestern compensatory selection
6 176 Jabari Issa  DE Washington
7 215 Sekou Sanyika  LB California
      Made roster    †   Pro Football Hall of Fame    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

PersonnelEdit

StaffEdit

2000 Arizona Cardinals staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning

  • Strength and Conditioning – Bob Rogucki

RosterEdit

2000 Arizona Cardinals final roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists



Practice squad



Rookies in italics
Active, Inactive, Practice squad

Regular seasonEdit

On December 18, Dave McGinnis was named as the 38th head coach in franchise history. He had been interim coach since October 23, when Vince Tobin was fired.[5]

ScheduleEdit

Week Date Opponent Result TV Attendance
1 September 3, 2000 at New York Giants L 21–16 FOX
77,434
2 September 10, 2000 Dallas Cowboys W 32–31 ESPN
66,008
3 Bye
4 September 24, 2000 Green Bay Packers L 29–3 FOX
71,801
5 October 1, 2000 at San Francisco 49ers L 27–20 FOX
66,985
6 October 8, 2000 Cleveland Browns W 29–21 CBS
44,296
7 October 15, 2000 Philadelphia Eagles L 33–14 FOX
38,293
8 October 22, 2000 at Dallas Cowboys L 48–7 FOX
62,981
9 October 29, 2000 New Orleans Saints L 21–10 FOX
35,286
10 November 5, 2000 Washington Redskins W 16–15 FOX
52,244
11 November 12, 2000 at Minnesota Vikings L 31–14 FOX
64,223
12 November 19, 2000 at Philadelphia Eagles L 34–9 FOX
65,356
13 November 26, 2000 New York Giants L 31–7 ESPN
42,094
14 December 3, 2000 at Cincinnati Bengals L 24–13 FOX
50,289
15 December 10, 2000 at Jacksonville Jaguars L 44–10 FOX
53,472
16 December 17, 2000 Baltimore Ravens L 13–7 CBS
37,452
17 December 24, 2000 at Washington Redskins L 20–3 FOX
65,711

StandingsEdit

NFC East
W L T PCT PF PA STK
(1) New York Giants 12 4 0 .750 328 246 W5
(4) Philadelphia Eagles 11 5 0 .688 351 245 W2
Washington Redskins 8 8 0 .500 281 269 W1
Dallas Cowboys 5 11 0 .313 294 361 L2
Arizona Cardinals 3 13 0 .188 210 443 L7

[6]

Best performancesEdit

  • David Boston, Week 1, 128 Receiving Yards vs. New York Giants[7]
  • David Boston, Week 2, 102 Receiving Yards vs. Dallas Cowboys[7]
  • David Boston, Week 7, 123 Receiving Yards vs. Philadelphia Eagles[7]
  • David Boston, Week 14, 184 Receiving Yards vs. Cincinnati Bengals[7]
  • Jake Plummer, Week 1, 318 Passing Yards vs. New York Giants[8]
  • Simeon Rice, Week 12, 3.0 Quarterback Sacks vs. Philadelphia Eagles[9]

RecordsEdit

  • Led NFL, Kickoffs, 86[2]
  • Led NFL, Kickoff Yards Returned, 2296[2]
  • Led NFL, Average Kickoff Yards per Return, 26.7[2]
  • Led NFL, Kickoff Returns for Touchdowns, 3[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 362
  2. ^ a b c d e f NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York, NY ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 215
  3. ^ The St. Louis Rams surrendered 471 points in 2000; the 2003 Cardinals allowed 452 points.
  4. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com: In a single season, from 1940 to 2012, playing for the Ari (StL/Chi) Cardinals, in the regular season, sorted by ascending Points Differential.
  5. ^ NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 97
  6. ^ NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 290
  7. ^ a b c d NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 207
  8. ^ NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 206
  9. ^ NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 209