INSIDE THE NUMBERS
SEVEN YEARS AND COUNTING
The Patriots' record in preseason, regular-season and postseason games since 1996 (.618 win pct.).
The Patriots' regular-season record since 1996 (.595 win pct).
The Patriots' postseason record since 1996 (.667 win pct).
The Patriots' preseason record since 1996 (.700 win pct).
MILESTONES IN SIGHT
NO PASSING ZONE
THE KRAFT ERA
THE BELICHICK ERA
NOT HALF BAD
THIRD DOWN DOMINANCE
TURNING OVER WINS
- Patriots head coach Bill Belichick was the Jets' Assistant Head Coach/Secondary for three seasons (1997-99).
- As head coach of the Cleveland Browns, Belichick hired Mike Tannenbaum as a personnel intern. He is now the Jets' Assistant G.M./Director of Player Personnel.
- Defensive Coordinator Romeo Crennel was the defensive line coach for the Jets from 1997-99.
- Inside Linebackers coach Pepper Johnson played for two seasons with the Jets, before retiring in 1999. In his first season with the Jets, he was voted captain before the start of the regular season.
- Defensive Backs coach Eric Mangini served as the Jets Defensive Assistant/Quality Control coach from 1997-99.
- Special Teams coach Brad Seely held the same position with the Jets in 1994.
- Offensive Coordinator Charlie Weis coached for three seasons with the Jets (1997-Wide Receivers, 1998-Offensive Coordinator/WRs, 1999-Offensive Coordinator/FBs).
- Patriots Vice President of Player Personnel Scott Pioli was the Director of Pro Personnel for the Jets from 1997-1999.
- Patriots Guard Joe Andruzzi is from Staten Island, N.Y., where he was an offensive and defensive tackle at Tottenville High School.
- Patriots Tight End Fred Baxter was originally drafted in the fifth round of the 1993 NFL Draft (115th overall) by the Jets, for whom he played for eight seasons.
- Patriots Linebacker Don Davis originally signed with the Jets as a rookie free agent in the spring of 1995.
- Patriots Running Back Kevin Faulk set a career-high with a 95-yard kickoff return vs. the Jets (11/15/99). It was the eighth longest return – and the longest non-scoring return – in franchise history.
- Patriots Defensive End Bobby Hamilton was signed by the Jets as a free agent and participated on their practice squad for the first season before being activated and staying with the organization for another four years.
- Patriots Quarterback Damon Huard made his NFL debut against the Jets, while he was playing for the Dolphins, and connected on two-of-three passes for 21 yards.
- Patriots Cornerback Ty Law scored his first touchdown, a 38-yard interception return against the Jets (12/8/96). He also recorded his first career fumble recovery (9/14/97) against the Jets.
- Patriots Defensive Lineman Rick Lyle signed with the Jets as an unrestricted free agent in March of 1997, where he remained for five seasons.
- Patriots Linebacker Roman Phifer signed with the Jets as an unrestricted free agent on March 5, 1999, and stayed with the organization for two seasons.
- Patriots Defensive End Anthony Pleasant played for the Jets for two seasons, during which time he recorded 31 starts out of his 32 appearances.
- While playing for the Carolina Panthers, Patriots Cornerback Tyrone Poole snagged his first career interception in the franchise's first win, 26-15 over the Jets (10/15/95).
- Jets Assistant Head Coach/Senior Offensive Assistant Jimmy Raye was the offensive coordinator for the Patriots in 1990.
- Jets Defensive Back Jamie Henderson was drafted in the fourth round (101st overall) of the 2001 draft in a selection from the Patriots as part of the compensation package for Head Coach Bill Belichick.
- Jets Quarterback Vinny Testaverde started 31 games at quarterback for the Cleveland Browns from 1993-95, when Bill Belichick was the team's head coach.
- Jets Running Back Curtis Martin was originally drafted by the Patriots in the third round (74th overall) of the 1995 NFL Draft; in his three seasons with New England, Martin appeared in 45 games with 43 starts.