Bill Parcells retires as general manager after the season and Al Groh leaves as head coach to become the Virginia head coach.
Drew Bledsoe starts the whole season for the Patriots with Michael Bishop and John Friesz behind him on the depth chart. With Brady off the board 20 picks earlier, the Patriots take Colorado defensive back Damen Wheeler near the end of the sixth round. Wheeler, like most sixth-round picks, doesn’t do much of anything and gets cut after his rookie season.
It’s still the Testaverde show in New York, where the Jets go 10-6 in year one of the Edwards era, although the team leans heavily on Curtis Martin and an aggressive defense. Pennington watches from the sideline as the Jets lose to the Raiders in the Wild Card round.
Two female experts on domestic violence have resigned from their posts on the NFL Players Association’s commission on domestic violence. Co-director of Georgetown University’s Law Center Domestic Violence Clinic Deborah Epstein and former president of the National Network to End Domestic Violence Susan Else both left the group in May, saying it failed to effect any real change or implement meaningful reform in the NFL.
Tampa Bay defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth gave Matt Schaub a season-ending foot injury in the win, and the Texans were forced to turn to Matt Leinart, T.J. Yates, and Jake Delhomme for the remainder of the year.
The season ended in the Divisional Round of the playoffs when the Ravens intercepted Yates three times in a 20-13 loss for Houston. Things may have looked much different if Schaub was still under center. Here’s what Battle Red Blog had to say:
I’ll always wonder how the 2011 season would have ended for your Houston Texans if Albert Haynesworth had not injured Matt Schaub. Although they’d win twelve games in 2012, I don’t think there’s any doubt that 2011 Texans squad was superior. The defense, in Wade Phillips’ first year in Houston, was otherworldly. The offense featured Andre Johnson, Owen Daniels, and a two-headed rushing attack of Arian Foster and Ben Tate, along with a stout offensive line. Seven years later, I firmly believe that 2011 team was the best and most talented squad in franchise history.