1993 NFL season

The 1993 NFL season was the 74th regular season of the National Football League. It was the only season in league history where all NFL teams played their 16-game schedule over a span of 18 weeks. After the success of expanding the regular season to a period of 17 weeks in 1990, the league hoped this new schedule would generate even more revenue. This was also done to avoid scheduling playoff games on January 1 and competing with college football bowl games. However, teams felt that having two weeks off during the regular season was too disruptive for their weekly routines, and thus it reverted to 17 weeks immediately after the season ended.

On March 1, 1993, the current free agent system was introduced to the league.[1]

When new TV contracts were signed in December 1993, CBS lost their rights to broadcasting NFC games to the then seven-year old Fox Network, which took effect next season.

The season ended with Super Bowl XXVIII when the Dallas Cowboys defeated the Buffalo Bills 30–13 for the second consecutive season at the Georgia Dome. This remains the only time both Super Bowl participants have been the same in successive seasons. The Cowboys became the first team to win a Super Bowl after losing their first two regular season games. This game also marked the fourth consecutive Super Bowl loss by the Bills.

1993 National Football League season
Regular season
DurationSeptember 5, 1993 – January 3, 1994
Start dateJanuary 8, 1994
AFC ChampionsBuffalo Bills
NFC ChampionsDallas Cowboys
Super Bowl XXVIII
DateJanuary 30, 1994
SiteGeorgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia
ChampionsDallas Cowboys
Pro Bowl
DateFebruary 6, 1994
SiteAloha Stadium

Major rule changes

  • The Play Clock (the time limit the offensive team has to snap the ball between plays) was reduced from 45 seconds to 40 seconds (the time interval after time outs and other administrative stoppages remained 25 seconds).
  • Ineligible receiver down field prior to a forward pass foul was added.
  • The passer could now legally throw a pass away, without any offensive player having a chance to catch the ball, as long as they are out of the pocket and the ball lands beyond the line of scrimmage.
  • The player taking a snap from the center, upon receiving the ball, can immediately throw the football directly into the ground to stop the game clock.
  • The NFL added an extra (second) bye week into the season for each team. The extra bye week was removed in 1994.[2]

Final regular season standings

AFC East
(1) Buffalo Bills 12 4 0 .750 329 242 W4
Miami Dolphins 9 7 0 .563 349 351 L5
New York Jets 8 8 0 .500 270 247 L3
New England Patriots 5 11 0 .313 238 286 W4
Indianapolis Colts 4 12 0 .250 189 378 L4
AFC Central
(2) Houston Oilers 12 4 0 .750 368 238 W11
(6) Pittsburgh Steelers 9 7 0 .563 308 281 W1
Cleveland Browns 7 9 0 .438 304 307 L1
Cincinnati Bengals 3 13 0 .188 187 319 L1
AFC West
(3) Kansas City Chiefs 11 5 0 .688 328 291 W1
(4) Los Angeles Raiders 10 6 0 .625 306 326 W1
(5) Denver Broncos 9 7 0 .563 373 284 L2
San Diego Chargers 8 8 0 .500 322 290 W2
Seattle Seahawks 6 10 0 .375 280 314 L1
NFC East
(1) Dallas Cowboys 12 4 0 .750 376 229 W5
(4) New York Giants 11 5 0 .688 288 205 L2
Philadelphia Eagles 8 8 0 .500 293 315 W3
Phoenix Cardinals 7 9 0 .438 326 269 W3
Washington Redskins 4 12 0 .250 230 345 L2
NFC Central
(3) Detroit Lions 10 6 0 .625 298 292 W2
(5) Minnesota Vikings 9 7 0 .563 277 290 W3
(6) Green Bay Packers 9 7 0 .563 340 282 L1
Chicago Bears 7 9 0 .438 234 230 L4
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 5 11 0 .313 237 376 L1
NFC West
(2) San Francisco 49ers 10 6 0 .625 473 295 L2
New Orleans Saints 8 8 0 .500 317 343 W1
Atlanta Falcons 6 10 0 .375 316 385 L3
Los Angeles Rams 5 11 0 .313 221 367 W1


  • Buffalo was the top AFC playoff seed based on head-to-head victory over Houston (1–0).
  • Denver was the second AFC Wild Card ahead of Pittsburgh and Miami, based on better conference record (8–4 to Steelers’ 7–5 to Dolphins’ 6–6).
  • Pittsburgh was the third AFC Wild Card based on head-to-head victory over Miami (1–0).
  • San Francisco was the second NFC playoff seed based on head-to-head victory over Detroit (1–0).
  • Minnesota finished ahead of Green Bay in the NFC Central based on head-to-head sweep (2–0).


Jan. 9 – Giants Stadium   Jan. 15 – Candlestick Park          
 5  Minnesota  10
 4  NY Giants  3
 4  NY Giants  17     Jan. 23 – Texas Stadium
 2  San Francisco  44  
Jan. 8 – Pontiac Silverdome  2  San Francisco  21
Jan. 16 – Texas Stadium
   1  Dallas  38  
 6  Green Bay  28 NFC Championship
 6  Green Bay  17
 3  Detroit  24   Jan. 30 – Georgia Dome
 1  Dallas  27  
Wild card playoffs  
Divisional playoffs
Jan. 8 – Arrowhead Stadium  N1  Dallas  30
Jan. 16 – Astrodome
   A1  Buffalo  13
 6  Pittsburgh  24 Super Bowl XXVIII
 3  Kansas City  28
 3  Kansas City  27*     Jan. 23 – Rich Stadium
 2  Houston  20  
Jan. 9 – Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum  3  Kansas City  13
Jan. 15 – Rich Stadium
   1  Buffalo  30  
 5  Denver  24 AFC Championship
 4  LA Raiders  23
 4  LA Raiders  42  
 1  Buffalo  29  

* Indicates overtime victory

Coaching changes


Most Valuable Player Emmitt Smith, Running Back, Dallas
Coach of the Year Dan Reeves, NY Giants
Offensive Player of the Year Jerry Rice, Wide Receiver, San Francisco
Defensive Player of the Year Rod Woodson, Cornerback, Pittsburgh
Offensive Rookie of the Year Jerome Bettis, Running Back, LA Rams
Defensive Rookie of the Year Dana Stubblefield, Defensive tackle, San Francisco
NFL Comeback Player of the Year Marcus Allen, Running Back, Kansas City
NFL Man of the Year Derrick Thomas, Linebacker, Kansas City
Super Bowl Most Valuable Player Emmitt Smith, Running Back, Dallas


The 1993 NFL Draft was held from April 25 to 26, 1993 at New York City's Marriott Marquis. With the first pick, the New England Patriots selected quarterback Drew Bledsoe from Washington State University.


American Football Conference

National Football Conference

External links


  1. ^ Springer, Steve (March 2, 1993). "Freedom Comes to NFL : Pro football: On first day of free agency, 484 players become eligible to sign with new teams". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved September 2, 2018.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on October 27, 2017. Retrieved April 30, 2018.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
1993 New York Giants season

The 1993 New York Giants season was the franchise's 69th season in the National Football League and the first under head coach Dan Reeves, who immediately released Jeff Hostetler and named Phil Simms as the team's starting quarterback. 1993 turned out to be the final season for both Simms and all-time Giants great linebacker, Lawrence Taylor. This would also turn out to be the first season of Hall-of-Famer Michael Strahan's career.

Barry Rose (American football)

Barry Rose is a former wide receiver in the National Football League. Rose was drafted in the tenth round of the 1992 NFL Draft by the Buffalo Bills and would play with the Denver Broncos during the 1993 NFL season. Later he would play with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League in 1995 and was drafted by the London Monarchs of the World League of American Football in 1997. He was inducted into the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Athletics Hall of Fame in 2006.

Bye (sports)

A bye in sports (and certain other competitions) refers to organizers scheduling a competitor to not participate in a given round of competition, due to one of several circumstances.

In knock-out (single-elimination) tournaments this can be granting a special privilege to reward the best ranked participant(s), or to make a working bracket if the number of participants is not a power of two (e.g. 16 or 32) – or both.

In round-robin tournaments, usually one competitor gets a bye in each round when there are an odd number of competitors, as it is impossible for all competitors to play in the same round. However, over the whole tournament, each plays the same number of games as well as sitting out for the same number of rounds.

Similar to the round-robin context, in league sports with weekly regular-season play such as gridiron football or rugby, a team not scheduled to play on a given week or fixture (competition period) can be said to be on its "bye week". Byes are needed if there is an odd number of teams, but can be used even with an even number of teams, as has been done in the NFL.

Carlos Jenkins

Carlos Edward Jenkins (born July 12, 1968 in Palm Beach, Florida) is a former American football linebacker in the National Football League. He played six seasons for the Minnesota Vikings (1991–1994) and the St. Louis Rams (1995–1996).

Dale Dawkins

Dale V. Dawkins (born October 30, 1966) is a former American football wide receiver who played for the New York Jets.

Dave Atkins (American football)

Dave Atkins (born May 18, 1949) is a former American football running back.Atkins was the 19th pick in the 8th round of the 1973 NFL Draft. He joined the San Francisco 49ers for the 1973 and 1974 seasons before moving to the San Diego Chargers for the 1975 season.After Atkins finished his pro playing career, he moved into coaching. He had spells as offensive coordinator for the Arizona Cardinals and was the senior offensive assistant coach for the Cleveland Browns for two seasons, 2005 - 2007.A longtime assistant coach, usually coaching running backs, he had various success coaching skill position players and coordinating offenses. 1986 RB Keith Byars ran for 577 yards with 1 touchdown. In 1987, Byars and FB Anthony Toney would combine to run for 899 yards with 8 touchdowns. In 1988, the same duo would combine for 1,019 yards and 10 touchdowns on the ground. In 1989, the tandem of Byars & Toney would be even better running for 1,034 yards and 8 touchdowns. In 1990, RB/FB Heath Sherman took over for Byars and his combination with Toney ran for 1,137 yards and 2 touchdowns. In 1992, Atkins took over the tight ends and helped Pat Beach into a solid run blocker as the team helped Herschel Walker and Heath Sherman run for a combined 1,653 yards.

Dave Atkins would join the New England Patriots for the 1993 NFL season. He would help guide Leonard Russell to 1,088 yards with 7 touchdowns.

The next year, Atkins would go to the Arizona Cardinals as their Offensive Coordinator. Despite some struggles in 1994, quarterbacks Steve Beuerlein and Jay Schroeder combined to throw for 3,055 yards with 9 touchdowns. FB Larry Centers had 647 yards receiving. The offense improved in 1995 with quarterback Dave Krieg throwing for 3,554 yards and 16 touchdowns. RB Garrison Hearst also ran for 1,070 yards with 1 touchdown and 3 players: Larry Centers, Rob Moore, and Frank Sanders finished with over 880 yards receiving.

Atkins would go to the New Orleans Saints for a single season in 1996. RB Mario Bates and FB Ray Zellars would combine to run for 1,059 yards with 8 touchdowns despite the team going 3-13 on the year.

Returning to the New Orleans Saints in 2000, Atkins would be instrumental in the development of Ricky Williams in 2000 & 2001 (1,000 yards and 8 touchdowns then 1,245 yards and 6 touchdowns) and Deuce McAllister in 2002-2004 (4,103 yards and 30 touchdowns on the ground over that 3-year span).

Before retiring, Atkins would coach with the Cleveland Browns in 2005 and 2006. He would guide Reuben Droughns to 1,232 yards and 2 touchdowns in 2005 and 758 yards and 4 touchdowns in 2006.

Don Mosebar

Donald Howard Mosebar (born September 11, 1961) is a former American college and professional football player who was a Center in the National Football League (NFL) for thirteen seasons during the 1980s and 1990s. He played college football for the University of Southern California, and earned All-American honors. Mosebar was selected in the first round of the 1983 NFL Draft, and played professionally for the NFL's Los Angeles Raiders.

Eric Moore (offensive lineman)

Eric Patrick Moore (born January 28, 1965) is a former American football guard who played for the New York Giants (1988–1993), the Cincinnati Bengals (1994), the Cleveland Browns (1995) and the Miami Dolphins (1995). Moore was drafted in the first round (tenth overall) of the 1988 NFL Draft. He was a starter for the Giants in their Super Bowl XXV triumph.

In 1993, Moore was sentenced to a six-month pretrial diversion program for steroid possession along with former New York Giants teammate Mark Duckens. They were described by federal agents as “pawns in international steroid ring.” Moore was also suspended for the first four weeks of the 1993 NFL season.Moore lived in the Wolf Creek subdivision in Macon, Georgia for a while and his nickname in college was "PK".

Currently Mr. Moore is a McDonald's owner operator in central Indiana.

Gene McGuire

Walter Eugene McGuire, Jr. (born July 17, 1970) is a former center in the National Football League.

Keo Coleman

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Kevin Williams (running back)

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Mark Royals

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Mike Buck (American football)

Michael Eric Buck (born on April 22, 1967) is a former American football quarterback in the National Football League.

Reggie Freeman (American football)

Reginald Prince Freeman (born May 8, 1970) is a former American football linebacker. He played the 1993 NFL season with the New Orleans Saints.

After playing college football at Florida State, Freeman was selected in the second round, 53rd overall, of the 1993 NFL Draft by the Saints, which “was a reach to some.”He was signed by the Green Bay Packers in 1996, but never played for them.

Ron Blum

Ron Blum is a former American football official in the National Football League (NFL), having served in that role from the 1985 NFL season through the 2007 NFL season. He joined the league as a line judge, officiating Super Bowl XXIV in 1990 and Super Bowl XXVI in 1992 and later became a referee for the start of the 1993 NFL season, replacing retired legend Pat Haggerty. Blum moved back to line judge beginning with the 2004 NFL season, and worked his last four seasons on the crew of referee Tony Corrente.

Blum wore the uniform number 83 from the 1985 to 1992 seasons and the number 7 from 1993 through 2007. He was the first non-referee to wear the uniform number 7; the number belonged to long-time referees Tommy Bell and, later, Fred Silva before Blum assumed it upon his promotion to crew chief. Side judge Keith Washington took the number upon Blum's retirement.

In the offseason, Blum is a golf professional. For a number of years in the 1960s and 1970s, he was the head golf pro at the Sonoma National Golf Course in Sonoma County, California.[1]

Blum was the referee for the San Diego Chargers' 27–17 victory over the New York Giants at Giants Stadium on December 23, 1995. The contest was notable because both teams, the game officials and other field-level personnel spent the entire second half dodging snowballs hurled by unruly fans. A few such projectiles hit Blum's legs. When he picked up a telephone on the Chargers' sidelines to make a call to request that a verbal warning to the crowd be made over the public address system, a snowball narrowly missed hitting him. Instead it struck Chargers equipment manager Sid Brooks, who was knocked unconscious and had to be removed from the sidelines on a stretcher.

Tom Neville (guard)

Thomas Lee Neville is a former guard in the National Football League. He first played with the Green Bay Packers for three seasons. After a season away from the NFL, he played with the San Francisco 49ers during the 1991 NFL season. Following another season away from the NFL, he re-joined the Packers for the 1993 NFL season. He was also a member of the team during the next seasons, but did not see any playing time during the regular season.In 1998, Neville's life turned for the worse, and he began to engage in behavior his family members described as "bizarre". He was picked up by Fresno police, who described his behavior as paranoid. He was taken by ambulance to a hospital and later was transferred to a private psychiatric center. Two days later, he broke out of the center. Police found him hiding in an apartment complex across the street. Police negotiated with him, but he refused to surrender. Police said Neville was fatally shot when Neville tossed aside officers and tried to grab an officer's gun. Some speculated Neville's violent reaction came as an adverse reaction to medication he was prescribed. Neville's death was one of the factors that motivated his former Green Bay Packers teammate Ken Ruettgers to help establish GamesOver.org, a foundation which seeks to help professional athletes adjust to retirement.The last week of Neville's life came as a shock to many who had known him through the years, one of whom described him as "a big, gentle bear". His funeral service was held at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Fairbanks, Alaska, where he worked managing real estate and coaching high school football teams.

Tom Rouen

Thomas Francis Rouen (born June 9, 1968, in Hinsdale, Illinois) is a former American football punter best known as the long-time punter for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League.

Tom Tupa

Thomas Joseph Tupa Jr. (born February 6, 1966) is a former American football punter and quarterback in the National Football League.

Wesley Walls

Charles Wesley Walls (born March 26, 1966) is a former American football tight end who played 14 seasons in the National Football League.

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