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2001 Buffalo Bills season


2001 Buffalo Bills season

2001 Buffalo Bills season
Head coach Gregg Williams
General manager Tom Donahoe
Owner Ralph Wilson
Home field Ralph Wilson Stadium
Record 3–13
Division place 5th AFC East
Playoff finish did not qualify
Previous season      Next season
2000      2002

The 2001 Buffalo Bills season was the team’s forty-second season. Previous head coach Wade Phillips was relieved of his duties as coach and replaced by Tennessee Titans defensive coordinator Gregg Williams.

John Butler, who had been the Bills general manager from 1993–2000, left to become the new G.M. of the San Diego Chargers. Butler was replaced by Tom Donahoe, who would remain with the Bills through the 2005 season.

In the wake of Buffalo's quarterback controversy, Doug Flutie was released by the Bills, prior to the season and followed Butler to San Diego. Buffalo named Rob Johnson their starting quarterback for the 2001 season, which would ultimately be his last in Buffalo. Bills defensive end Marcellus Wiley and linebacker John Holecek also left Buffalo for San Diego in 2001, leaving a gap in Buffalo's defense. The special teams also saw a major overhaul. Placekicker Steve Christie was also among the defectors to San Diego, forcing the Bills to sign rookie Jake Arians (son of longtime offensive coordinator Bruce Arians) as a replacement, then after several weeks of Arians's poor play, Shayne Graham. Chris Mohr left for the Atlanta Falcons and was replaced by Brian Moorman, who would stay with the team for the next eleven seasons.


NFL Draft

Main article: 2001 NFL Draft

Buffalo's 2001 draft was general manager Tom Donahoe first with the team. The Bills' first three draft picks – Nate Clements, Aaron Schobel and Travis Henry – went on to make the Pro Bowl with the Bills.

= Pro Bowler [1]
  • Players in yellow indicates future Pro Bowl selections
Round Pick # Player Position College
1 21 Nate Clements[2] Cornerback Ohio State
2 46 Aaron Schobel[3] Defensive End TCU
2 58 Travis Henry[4] Running Back Tennessee
3 76 Ron Edwards Defensive Tackle Texas A&M
3 95 Jonas Jennings Tackle Georgia
4 110 Brandon Spoon Linebacker North Carolina
5 144 Marques Sullivan Tackle Illinois
6 178 Tony Driver Free Safety Notre Dame
6 195 Dan O'Leary Tight End Notre Dame
6 196 Jimmy R. Williams Cornerback Vanderbilt
7 214 Reggie Germany Wide Receiver Ohio State
7 238 Tyrone Robertson Defensive Tackle Hinds C.C.

Regular season


Week Date Opponent Result Record Game Site Attendance
1 September 9, 2001 New Orleans Saints L 6–24 0–1 Ralph Wilson Stadium
2 September 23, 2001 at Indianapolis Colts L 26–42 0–2 RCA Dome
3 September 30, 2001 Pittsburgh Steelers L 3–20 0–3 Ralph Wilson Stadium
4 October 7, 2001 New York Jets L 36–42 0–4 Ralph Wilson Stadium
5 Bye
6 October 18, 2001 at Jacksonville Jaguars W 13–10 1–4 Alltel Stadium
7 October 28, 2001 at San Diego Chargers L 24–27 1–5 Qualcomm Stadium
8 November 4, 2001 Indianapolis Colts L 14–30 1–6 Ralph Wilson Stadium
9 November 11, 2001 at New England Patriots L 11–21 1–7 Foxboro Stadium
10 November 18, 2001 Seattle Seahawks L 20–23 1–8 Ralph Wilson Stadium
11 November 25, 2001 Miami Dolphins L 27–34 1–9 Ralph Wilson Stadium
12 December 2, 2001 at San Francisco 49ers L 0–35 1–10 3Com Park
13 December 9, 2001 Carolina Panthers W 25–24 2–10 Ralph Wilson Stadium
14 December 16, 2001 New England Patriots L 9–12 2–11 Ralph Wilson Stadium
15 December 23, 2001 at Atlanta Falcons L 30–33 2–12 Georgia Dome
16 December 30, 2001 at New York Jets W 14–9 3–12 The Meadowlands
17 January 6, 2002 at Miami Dolphins L 7–34 3–13 Pro Player Stadium

Game summaries

Week 6

1 234Total
• Bills 0 373 13
Jaguars 0 073 10



AFC East
New England Patriots 11 5 0 .688 371 272 W6
Miami Dolphins 11 5 0 .688 344 290 W2
New York Jets 10 6 0 .625 308 295 W1
Indianapolis Colts 6 10 0 .375 413 486 W1
Buffalo Bills 3 13 0 .188 265 420 L1



Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen


Defensive Backs

Special Teams

Coaching staff

Buffalo Bills 2001 coaching staff
Front Office

Head Coaches

Offensive Coaches


Defensive Coaches

  • Defensive Coordinator – Jerry Gray
  • Defensive Assistant — Chuck Lester
  • Defensive Line — John Levra
  • Linebackers — Miles Aldridge
  • Secondary — Pat Thomas
  • Secondary Assistant — Steve Jackson

Special Teams Coaches

  • Special Teams Coordinator — Danny Smith
  • Strength and Conditioning — Rusty James


Awards and records


  • Buffalo Bills on Pro Football Reference
  • Buffalo Bills on

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