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Gang Green fans have endured many a roller coaster season over the years, and 2000 proved to be no exception. Preseason coaching turmoil gave way to solid play for much of the year, before a late season collapse kept the Jets out of the playoffs. Coaching Carousel On January 3, 2000, Bill Parcells resigned as Jets’ head coach following an 8-8 1999 season. Parcells, who attained a 29-19 record over three seasons with the Jets, said he could not make the commitment to coach the team going forward; as per Parcells’ wishes, Defensive Coordinator Bill Belichick assumed head coaching duties. The coaching situation was far from resolved, however. Moments before his first media session the following day, Belichick handed President Steve Gutman a note that read, “I resign as H.C. of the N.Y.J.” After only one day as Jets’ head coach, Belichick was done. He explained that the instability of the team’s ownership situation—longtime owner Leon Hess had passed away in May, 1999—made h...
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