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1990 New England Patriots season


1990 New England Patriots season

1990 New England Patriots season
Head coach Rod Rust
General manager Patrick Sullivan
Owner Victor Kiam
Home field Foxboro Stadium
Record 1–15
Division place 5th AFC East
Playoff finish did not qualify
Pro Bowlers T Bruce Armstrong
AP All-Pros none
Previous season      Next season
< 1989      1991 >

The 1990 New England Patriots season was the team's 31st, and 21st in the National Football League. It was the first and only season for head coach Rod Rust.

The Patriots finished the season with a record of 1-15, the worst record in franchise history. They finished last in the AFC East division and dead last in the NFL. Notably, they lost a nationally-televised game to the Washington Redskins in which they were down 9–0 before the Redskins even ran an offensive play. The Redskins' two first-quarter scores came on a Kurt Gouveia fumble return for a touchdown, and the Patriots snapping the ball out of the end zone for a safety.[1] The announced crowd for the game, played in a driving rain, was 22,286.

The Patriots’ final game of the season vs. the eventual Super Bowl champion New York Giants drew a sellout crowd to Foxboro, but over 40,000 fans were rooting for the visitors, as tickets to Giants home games are nearly impossible to come by for non-season ticket holders.

The Patriots’ negative-265 point-differential (181 points scored, 446 points surrendered) was the worst total of the 1990s.[2] It is notable that like the previous season’s Dallas Cowboys, the Patriots played only three teams with non-winning records - divisional rivals the Colts and Jets plus one game against the Phoenix Cardinals - all season.[3]

The 1990 Patriots and 1981 Baltimore Colts are the only NFL teams since 1940 to have eleven losses during which they never led in one season.[4]

Lisa Olson controversy

The day after the Patriots' only victory of the season, tight end Zeke Mowatt, running back Robert Perryman and wide receiver Michael Timpson stood in front of Boston Globe reporter Lisa Olson semi-naked and sexually harassed her in the Patriots’ locker room at Foxboro Stadium. The incident proved a major embarrassment for the franchise, and the team lost its final 14 games, and was accused of quitting in most of the losses.


New England Patriots 1990 staff
Front Office
  • Chairman/CEO – Victor Kiam
  • Vice Chairman – Fran Murray
  • President – Billy Sullivan
  • Vice President – Bucko Kilroy
  • General Manager – Patrick Sullivan
  • Director of Player Operations – Joe Mendes
  • Director of Pro Scouting – Bill McPeak

Head Coaches

  • Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator/Secondary – Rod Rust

Offensive Coaches

  • Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks – Jimmy Raye
  • Quarterbacks/Special Assistant to the Head Coach – John Polonchek
  • Offensive Backfield – Bobby Grier
  • Receivers – Richard Wood
  • Offensive Line – Rod Humenuik

Defensive Coaches

Special Teams Coaches

  • Special Teams/Tight Ends – Steve Crosby

Strength and Conditioning

Regular season


Week Opponent Result Stadium Record Attendance
1 Miami Dolphins L 24–27 Foxboro Stadium 0–1
2 at Indianapolis Colts W 16–14 Hoosier Dome 1–1
3 at Cincinnati Bengals L 7–41 Riverfront Stadium 1–2
4 New York Jets L 13–37 Foxboro Stadium 1–3
5 Seattle Seahawks L 20–33 Foxboro Stadium 1–4
6 Bye
7 at Miami Dolphins L 10–17 Joe Robbie Stadium 1–5
8 Buffalo Bills L 10–27 Foxboro Stadium 1–6
9 at Philadelphia Eagles L 20–48 Veterans Stadium 1–7
10 Indianapolis Colts L 10–13 Foxboro Stadium 1–8
11 at Buffalo Bills L 0–14 Rich Stadium 1–9
12 at Phoenix Cardinals L 14–34 Sun Devil Stadium 1–10
13 Kansas City Chiefs L 7–37 Foxboro Stadium 1–11
14 at Pittsburgh Steelers L 3–24 Three Rivers Stadium 1–12
15 Washington Redskins L 10–25 Foxboro Stadium 1–13
16 at New York Jets L 7–42 The Meadowlands 1–14
17 New York Giants L 10–13 Foxboro Stadium 1–15


AFC East
Buffalo Bills 13 3 0 .813 7–1 10–2 428 263 L1
Miami Dolphins 12 4 0 .750 7–1 10–2 336 242 W1
Indianapolis Colts 7 9 0 .438 3–5 5–7 281 353 L1
New York Jets 6 10 0 .375 2–6 4–10 295 345 W2
New England Patriots 1 15 0 .063 1–7 1–11 181 446 L14

See also

Template:Navbox season by team

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