Although optimism was high entering the seasonthe team was disappointing and finished 2—14, which eventually led to the departures of both MacPherson and Jankovich.
The Patriots improved to 6—10 with several upsets over playoff teams, including wins against the Minnesota Vikings and eventual AFC Champion Buffalo Billsand were competitive in many of their losses.
Hugh Millen took over at quarterback partway through the seasonand the Patriots responded to MacPherson's upbeat, positive style.
Despite this devastating loss, the Patriots would rally and finish 11—5 for their first post-merger division title. Fairbanks was reinstated for the playoffs, but the team lost its divisional playoff game to the Houston Oilerswhich also was the first Patriots post-season game at Schaefer Stadium.
With these performances in mind, a local sportswriter intimated that the team suffered from the "Bozo Syndrome", meaning that they played "like clowns in the clutch. Eason was later traded during the season, leaving Flutie and Grogan to battle for the job.
Parcells era[ edit ] Main article: Despite this interest, however, rumors abounded that the team was going to move to St. On a critical 3rd-down play late in the 4th quarter, Patriots defensive tackle Ray "Sugar Bear" Hamilton appeared to get a critical sack on Oakland quarterback Ken Stablerwhich would have forced the Raiders into a 4th-down situation and the possible end to their season.
When it became apparent that Kraft would not allow Orthwein to buy out the lease, Orthwein put the team up for sale. The first was the Boston Bulldogswhich lasted only one season Louis as soon as James Orthwein could clear all the hurdles.
Despite this devastating loss, the Patriots would rally and finish 11—5 for their first post-merger division title. Local product Doug Flutie from Natick, Massachusettswho won the Heisman Trophy for Boston College inwas acquired by the Patriots during the players' strike and crossed the picket line to play his first game for the Patriots, which was also the last of three games played by replacement players in the season.
The team was renamed the New England Patriots in Marchto reflect its new location roughly halfway between Providence and Boston as well as a desire to better position itself as New England's regional NFL team this would influence the name of the New England Whalers hockey team when they began play inlike the Patriots, labeling themselves a New England team.
Bob Kraft Buys the Team[ edit ] Interest in the Patriots grew both during and after the season, despite their lackluster on-field showing. But Grogan broke his leg late in the season, and Eason got the starting job again. The team's primary color changed from red to blue, and the helmets from white to silver.
He was also largely given a free hand with respect to personnel. Once the stadium was fully occupied, the water pressure proved inadequate. Of their 11 losses, eight were by 7 points or less, and only two of their 11 defeats were by more than 14 points, both coming before Week 4.
Furthermore, allegations surfaced that Fryar was involved in gambling of NFL games. Billy Sullivan asked the NFL for permission to sell 50 percent of the team's stock to the public, but the league turned him down.
The Patriots finishedtheir best record in team history to that point, and advanced to the playoffs for the first time since Though the Patriots had some success with this atypical arrangement, finishing the season 9—7, the Patriots narrowly missed the playoffs.
Louis as soon as James Orthwein could clear all the hurdles. Although the team made only one AFL playoff appearance init had numerous stars. Mark Hendersona convict on work release, used a John Deere tractor with a rotating sweeper to clear a swath of field to aid the Patriots.
The season began with a 1—11 record.
Other draft picks such as linebacker Chris Slade helped the team immediately. Inwith star running back Sam Cunningham holding out all season, the Patriots started 6—1 but finished 10—6, again out of the playoffs.
Other draft picks such as linebacker Chris Slade helped the team immediately. They ended their season by winning their last four games in a row, over CincinnatiClevelandIndianapolisand, most dramatically, over Miami in overtime in the finale — a game that eliminated the Dolphins from the playoffs.
Shortly thereafter, the Patriots revamped their front office. Inquarterback Tony Eason was drafted in the first roundthe fourth of six quarterbacks taken in the first round. Kraft refused, which continued to bind the Patriots to playing at Foxboro.
For instance, since most of their money was tied up in the Patriots, they were forced to pledge Sullivan Stadium as collateral to finance the Victory Tour. The Patriots finished the season 5— As a test, a "flush-off" was conducted, where every toilet in the stadium was flushed at the same time.
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