2001 Dallas Cowboys season

2001 Dallas Cowboys season
Head coachDave Campo
Home fieldTexas Stadium
Division place5th NFC East
Playoff finishDid not qualify
Pro BowlersG Larry Allen
LB Dexter Coakley

The 2001 Dallas Cowboys season was the team’s 42nd in the National Football League. The Cowboys matched their record from the season before, going 5-11 and missing the playoffs, finishing last in the NFC East. Prior to the 2001 season, Cowboys’ quarterback Troy Aikman retired, after playing for the team from 1989 to 2000.



Additions Subtractions
WR Darrin Chiaverini (Browns) QB Randall Cunningham (Ravens)
QB Ryan Leaf (Chargers) QB Troy Aikman (retirement)

An eventful off-season created a lot buzz but little change in the Cowboys’ fortunes. Franchise quarterback Troy Aikman, after suffering a pair of concussions the previous season, was released by the team. Unable to sign on with another team — in part due to his long history of concussions — Aikman announced his retirement at an emotional and lengthy press conference later in the off-season. This left running back Emmitt Smith as the last of the famed “triplets” from the Cowboys’ Super Bowl victories. Veteran quarterback Tony Banks was signed in the off-season from the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens as an immediate replacement, and owner Jerry Jones hand picked Georgia quarterback Quincy Carter with a second round draft choice as the quarterback of the future. Many saw the Carter pick as quite a reach considering Carter’s inconsistent career at Georgia and his low draft rating by several other teams.

2001 draft class

2001 Dallas Cowboys draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
2 53 Quincy Carter  QB Georgia
2 56 Tony Dixon  SS Alabama
3 93 Willie Blade  DT Mississippi State compensatory
4 122 Markus Steele  LB Southern California
5 137 Matt Lehr  G Virginia Tech
6 171 Daleroy Stewart  DT Southern Mississippi
7 207 Colston Weatherington  DL Central Missouri State
7 240 John Nix  DT Southern Mississippi compensatory
7 242 Char-ron Dorsey  OT Florida State compensatory
      Made roster    †   Pro Football Hall of Fame    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career


Undrafted free agents

2001 Undrafted Free Agents of note
Player Position College
Jason Bell Cornerback UCLA
Demetric Evans Defensive end Georgia
Lynn Scott Safety Northwestern Oklahoma State


Dallas Cowboys 2001 roster

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen


Defensive Backs

Special Teams

Reserve Lists

Rookies in italics
53 Active, 13 Inactive

Coaching staff

Dallas Cowboys 2001 coaching staff
Front Office

Head Coaches

Offensive Coaches


Defensive Coaches

Special Teams Coaches

  • Strength and Conditioning – Joe Juraszek


Regular season

Despite what seemed a promising outing in the first pre-season game by starter Tony Banks, the Cowboys, in a very surprising move, released Banks in the middle of training camp and handed the reins over to their rookie quarterback. Unfortunately, a combination of injuries and ineffectiveness led to the Cowboys starting a total of four different quarterbacks over the course of the season including journeyman Anthony Wright and former Arkansas Razorback Clint Stoerner. In an attempt to provide more depth at the quarterback position, the team signed former second-overall draft pick Ryan Leaf mid-season, however he provided no improvement in his limited playing time. His only start of the season, a Week 9 loss to the Falcons, was the final start of his career. The game also marked the first start for Falcons QB Michael Vick.

Even with the injection of new blood, the Cowboys suffered through another 5–11 campaign and a last place finish in the NFC East. The lack of development at quarterback and the offense as a whole would be blamed on offensive coordinator Jack Reilly who was dismissed after the season. Fans became weary of the Cowboys’ performance and blamed owner Jerry Jones, who by now had taken a more hands-on approach to running the team.

One notable game included week 7, where the Cowboys led the Giants 24–7 at halftime, but (thanks in part to Clint Stoerner’s throwing 4 interceptions) the Giants rallied to win in overtime. In an unusual move, Stoerner was pulled from the game for Ryan Leaf late in the 4th quarter of a tie game. It was Leaf’s debut with the team, but he couldn't lead them to victory.

Another infamous game was on Thanksgiving Day against the Broncos. Dallas trailed 26–10 and scored a touchdown in the 4th quarter. Coach Dave Campo decided against “going for 2” which if successful would have made it an eight-point (and one possession game). Campo instead kicked the extra point, keeping the margin at 9. Dallas did score one more late TD but that was not enough to tie the game and they never got the ball back, and lost 26–24.

A fourth consecutive season sweep of rival Washington Redskins and a victory over the San Francisco 49ers were the only victories of note. Much of the focus turned towards Emmitt Smith and his pursuit of the all-time career rushing yardage record. During an early-season game against the San Diego Chargers, Bob Hayes was inducted into the Cowboys Ring of Honor.


Week Date Opponent Result TV Time (CT) Attendance
1 September 9, 2001 Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 10–6 FOX 12:00pm
Postponed to week 17 due to September 11
2 September 23, 2001 San Diego Chargers L 32–21 CBS 12:00pm
3 September 30, 2001 at Philadelphia Eagles L 40–18 ESPN 7:35pm
4 October 7, 2001 at Oakland Raiders L 28–21 FOX 3:15pm
5 October 15, 2001 Washington Redskins W 9–7 ABC 8:05pm
6 Bye
7 October 28, 2001 Arizona Cardinals W 17–3 FOX 3:05pm
8 November 4, 2001 at New York Giants L 27–24 FOX 12:00pm
9 November 11, 2001 at Atlanta Falcons L 20–13 FOX 12:00pm
10 November 18, 2001 Philadelphia Eagles L 36–3 FOX 12:00pm
11 November 22, 2001 Denver Broncos L 26–24 CBS 3:15pm
12 December 2, 2001 at Washington Redskins W 20–14 FOX 3:15pm
13 December 9, 2001 New York Giants W 20–13 FOX 12:00pm
14 December 16, 2001 at Seattle Seahawks L 29–3 FOX 3:15pm
15 December 23, 2001 at Arizona Cardinals L 17–10 FOX 3:05pm
16 December 30, 2001 San Francisco 49ers W 27–21 FOX 12:00pm
17 January 6, 2002 at Detroit Lions L 15–10 FOX 12:00pm


NFC East
(3) Philadelphia Eagles 11 5 0 .688 343 208 W2
Washington Redskins 8 8 0 .500 256 303 W2
New York Giants 7 9 0 .438 294 321 L2
Arizona Cardinals 7 9 0 .438 295 343 L1
Dallas Cowboys 5 11 0 .313 246 338 L1


  1. ^ "2001 NFL Draft Pick Transactions" . ProSportsTransactions.com.
  2. ^ NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York, NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 113


External links

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