2001 Cleveland Browns season
The 2001 Cleveland Browns season was the team's 53rd season and 49th with the National Football League.
|2001 Cleveland Browns season|
|Head coach||Butch Davis|
|General manager||Dwight Clark|
|Home field||Cleveland Browns Stadium|
|Local radio||WTAM · WMJI|
|Division place||T-3rd AFC Central|
|Playoff finish||did not qualify|
|Pro Bowlers||LB Jamir Miller|
2001 NFL DraftEdit
|Draft order||Player name||Position||College|
|1||3||Gerard Warren||Defensive tackle||Florida|
|2||33||Quincy Morgan||Wide Receiver||Kansas State|
|3||65||James Jackson||Running back||Miami|
|4||97||Anthony Henry||Defensive back||South Florida|
|6||165||Michael Jameson||Defensive back||Texas A&M|
|7||203||Paul Zukauskas||Offensive Lineman||Boston College|
|7||245||Andre King||Wide Receiver||Miami|
|2001 Cleveland Browns staff|
Special teams coaches
Strength and conditioning
The most notable game from the 2001 Cleveland Browns season came on a December 16 game against the Jacksonville Jaguars in what became known as "Bottlegate". The Browns were driving toward the east end zone for what would have been the winning score. A controversial call on fourth down gave the Jaguars the ball. Browns' receiver Quincy Morgan had caught a pass for a first down on 4th and 1. After Tim Couch spiked the ball on the next play, referee Terry McAulay reviewed Morgan's catch, claiming that the replay officials had buzzed him before Couch spiked the ball. (NFL Rules state that once the next play is started, the officials cannot under any circumstances review any previous plays.) Upon reviewing the play, McAulay determined that Morgan never had control of the ball, thus the pass was incomplete, and the Jaguars were awarded the ball. Fans in the Dawg Pound began throwing plastic beer bottles and other objects on the field. McAulay declared the game over and sent the teams to the locker rooms. NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue then called to override the referee's decision, sending the players back onto the field, where the Jaguars ran out the last seconds under a hail of debris.
After the game, McAulay clarified that they first reviewed whether or not the electronic pager had buzzed before Couch had spiked the ball. In a discussion with the Replay Official, Bill Reynolds, it was determined that Reynolds buzzed down before the spike. After the game was called, Tagliabue called NFL Supervisor Dick McKenzie and informed him that the game had to be finished to completion. Neither McAulay nor Reynolds suggested to Tagliabue that the game should be called, which was within the power of the Commissioner's Office. Davis would later comment that he was told that the buzzer went off at the same time as the snap. Couch had initially believed that the officials were going to penalize the Browns for intentional grounding for Couch faking a spike before spiking it, but was then told that the spike was legal. The referees then began discussing the play prior to the spike. President and Chief Executive Officer Carmen Policy refused to criticize the actions of the fans and the decisions of the officiating crew.
|1||September 9||Seattle Seahawks||L 9–6||CBS||1:00pm|
|2||September 23||Detroit Lions||W 24–14||FOX||1:00pm|
|3||September 30||at Jacksonville Jaguars||W 23–14||CBS||4:15pm|
|4||October 7||San Diego Chargers||W 20–16||CBS||1:00pm|
|5||October 14||at Cincinnati Bengals||L 24–14||CBS||1:00pm|
|6||October 21||Baltimore Ravens||W 24–14||CBS||1:00pm|
|8||November 4||at Chicago Bears||L 27–21 (OT)||CBS||4:15pm|
|9||November 11||Pittsburgh Steelers||L 15–12 (OT)||CBS||1:00pm|
|10||November 18||at Baltimore Ravens||W 27–17||CBS||1:00pm|
|11||November 25||Cincinnati Bengals||W 18–0||CBS||1:00pm|
|12||December 2||Tennessee Titans||L 31–15||CBS||1:00pm|
|13||December 9||at New England Patriots||L 27–16||CBS||1:00pm|
|14||December 16||Jacksonville Jaguars||L 15–10||CBS||1:00pm|
|15||December 23||at Green Bay Packers||L 30–7||CBS||4:15pm|
|16||December 30||at Tennessee Titans||W 41–38||CBS||1:00pm|
|17||January 6||at Pittsburgh Steelers||L 28–7||CBS||1:00pm|
|(1) Pittsburgh Steelers||13||3||0||.813||352||212||W1|
|(5) Baltimore Ravens||10||6||0||.625||303||265||W1|
The Browns did not qualify for the postseason.
Awards and recordsEdit
2001 is the only season since the Browns were reactivated in 1999 in which the same quarterback (Tim Couch) started all 16 games.
Rookie Cornerback Anthony Henry had 10 interceptions including one ran back 97 yards for a touchdown.
- "Staff Directory". 2001 Media Guide. Cleveland Browns. p. 4.
- "Top 10 Most Ridiculous Sports Fan Moments - Photo 1 of 10 - NESN.com". Media.nesn.com. 2010-11-18. Archived from the original on 2012-01-11. Retrieved 2012-08-09.
- "Browns". Cleveland.com. Archived from the original on 2015-12-27. Retrieved 2012-08-09.
- Pool Report - Cleveland Browns vs. Jacksonville Jaguars - December 16, 2001