1970 Boston Patriots season

The 1970 Boston Patriots season was the franchise's 1st season in the National Football League and 11th overall. The Patriots ended the season with a record of two wins and twelve losses and finished last in the AFC East Division. This was the last season the Patriots would be called the “Boston” Patriots, as for the next season they would swap their names to the “New England” Patriots. Their final season known as Boston did not go as planned, as the Patriots would struggle all season and finish 2–12, the worst record in the NFL. After winning their first game against the Miami Dolphins, the Patriots would lose nine in a row before beating the Buffalo Bills on the road. The season concluded with an embarrassing 45–7 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals in Cincinnati. Head coach Clive Rush would quit the season at the midpoint because of medical reasons. His replacement, John Mazur, did not do much better of a job. Mazur would end up coaching the team next season. The Patriots would score the fewest points in the league in 1970, scoring only 149 points, while allowing 361. They also missed the playoffs for the seventh straight season.

1970 Boston Patriots season
Head coachClive Rush (quit for medical reasons)
John Mazur (interim)
General managerGeorge Sauer
OwnerBilly Sullivan
Home fieldHarvard Stadium
Results
Record2–12
Division place5th AFC East
Playoff finishdid not qualify
Pro BowlersC Jon Morris
AP All-Prosnone
Uniform
AFC-1970-Uniform-NE

Offseason

NFL Draft

1970 Boston Patriots draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 4 Phil Olsen  DT Utah State
      Made roster    †   Pro Football Hall of Fame    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

Staff

Boston Patriots 1970 staff
Front Office

Head Coaches

  • Interim Head Coach/Offensive Backfield – John Mazur

Offensive Coaches

  • Receivers – Jerry Stoltz
  • Offensive Line – Bruce Beatty
 

Defensive Coaches

Roster

1970 Boston Patriots roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists

Practice squad



Rookies in italics

Regular season

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 20, 1970 Miami Dolphins W 27–14
32,607
2 September 27, 1970 New York Jets L 31–21
36,040
3 October 4, 1970 Baltimore Colts L 14–6
38,235
4 October 11, 1970 at Kansas City Chiefs L 23–10
50,698
5 October 18, 1970 New York Giants L 16–0
39,091
6 October 25, 1970 at Baltimore Colts L 27–3
60,240
7 November 1, 1970 Buffalo Bills L 45–10
31,148
8 November 8, 1970 at St. Louis Cardinals L 31–0
46,466
9 November 15, 1970 San Diego Chargers L 16–14
30,597
10 November 22, 1970 at New York Jets L 17–3
61,822
11 November 29, 1970 at Buffalo Bills W 14–10
31,427
12 December 6, 1970 at Miami Dolphins L 37–20
51,032
13 December 13, 1970 Minnesota Vikings L 35–14
37,819
14 December 20, 1970 at Cincinnati Bengals L 45–7
60,157

Standings

AFC East
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Baltimore Colts 11 2 1 .846 6–1–1 8–2–1 321 234 W4
Miami Dolphins 10 4 0 .714 6–2 8–3 297 228 W6
New York Jets 4 10 0 .286 2–6 2–9 255 286 L3
Buffalo Bills 3 10 1 .231 3–4–1 3–7–1 204 337 L5
Boston Patriots 2 12 0 .143 2–6 2–9 149 361 L3

Note: Tie games were not officially counted in the standings until 1972.

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