2011 NFL 시즌 - 2011 NFL season

2011 내셔널 풋볼 리그 시즌
정규 시즌
지속 2011 년 9 월 8 일 – 2012 년 1 월 1 일
플레이 오프
시작일 2012 년 1 월 7 일
AFC 챔피언 뉴 잉글랜드 패트리어츠
NFC 챔피언 뉴욕 자이언츠
슈퍼 볼 XLVI
데이트 2012 년 2 월 5 일
대지 Lucas Oil Stadium , 인디애나 폴리스, 인디애나
챔피언 뉴욕 자이언츠
프로 볼
데이트 2012 년 1 월 29 일
대지 Aloha Stadium , Halawa , 호놀룰루, 하와이

2011 NFL 시즌 92 번째였다 정규 시즌미국 축구 리그 . 2011 년 9 월 8 일 목요일, 슈퍼 볼 XLV 챔피언 Green Bay PackersLambeau Field 에서 Super Bowl XLIV 챔피언 New Orleans Saints 42–34를 물리 치고 2 월 5 일 리그 챔피언십 게임 인 Super Bowl XLVI로 끝났습니다 . 2012 년에 루카스 오일 스타디움 에서 인디애나 폴리스 뉴욕 자이언츠가 패배 한 뉴 잉글랜드 애국자 21-17을.

리그 소유자와 선수 간의 노동 분쟁으로 인해 3 월 11 일에 잠금이 시작되어 7 월 25 일에 130 일 동안 종료되었습니다. 처음에는 시즌을 연기하거나 취소하겠다고 위협했지만 취소 된 유일한 게임은 8 월 7 일 프로 축구 명예의 전당 게임 이었습니다.

2011 년 시즌에는 전례없는 양의 패스 공격이 발생했습니다. 역대 최다 패스 야드 합계 9 개 중 3 위가 설정되었습니다 : 2 위 Drew Brees (5,476), 3 위 Tom Brady (5,235) 및 9 위 Matthew Stafford ( 5,038); Eli Manning 은 4,933 야드를 던졌고, 이는 그를 역대 14 위로 기록했습니다. [1] 또한 Green Bay Packers의 쿼터백 인 Aaron Rodgers 는 122.5의 단일 시즌 최고 QB 등급을 설정했습니다. [2] [ 순환 참조 ] "패싱 리그"로서의 현대 NFL의 명성을 더욱 공고히하기 [3] [4] [5]리그는 2 년 연속으로 경기당 팀당 평균 패스 야드 (229.7)를 기록하며 2010 년 기록을 경기당 8 야드 이상 경신 한 기록을 세웠습니다. [6] (비교를 위해, 리그 전체 평균 러싱 야드는 2011 년 시즌을 통틀어 57 위로 마쳤습니다.)

2011 년 시즌의 서브 플롯은 누가 최악의 기록을 가질 것인지를 결정하는 것이었고, 따라서 2012 년 드래프트 에서 전체 1 위를 차지할 권리를 "획득"하는 것이 었 습니다 . 스탠포드 시니어 쿼터백 Andrew Luck 은 수년간 최고의 쿼터백 유망주로 간주되었습니다. 수많은 패배로 시즌을 시작한 일부 팀 (특히 인디애나 폴리스 )의 팬들은 "Suck for Luck"을 공개적으로 응원했습니다. [7] [8]

노동 분쟁

2008 년 5 월, 오너들은 1993 년 계약을 거부하고 합의없이 2010 년 시즌을 플레이하기로 결정했습니다. [9] 주요 논쟁 점 중 일부는 소유자의 재정 장부 개방성, 신인 급여 규모, 플레이어의 수익 지분 18 % 감소 제안, 수행하지 못한 플레이어에 대한 보너스 지급 몰수, 플레이어의 건강을 포함합니다. 퇴직 수당, 자유 에이전시의 세부 사항, 새 경기장의 비용 및 혜택, 선수의 급여, 정규 시즌을 18 경기로 연장, 수익 공유 구조. [9] 2011 년 3 월까지 NFLPA와 NFL은 아직 새로운 단체 교섭 협정을 체결 하지 않았습니다., 따라서 노동 분쟁을 해결하지 못합니다. 이에 NFLPA는 NFLPA가 협상 권을 포기하도록 선수들이 투표를했다고 리그와 클럽에 알렸다. [10] 단체 교섭권이 포기 된 후, 쿼터백 Tom Brady , Peyton Manning , Drew Brees 는 7 명의 다른 NFL 선수들과 합류하여 독점 금지 소송을 제기했습니다. [11] [12] [13]

의 합의에 따라 브래디 등의 알. v. 2011 년 7 월 25 일 NFL 독점 금지 소송에서 대다수의 플레이어는 NFL 플레이어 협회가 독점적 인 단체 교섭 대표로 활동하도록 승인하는 조합 승인 카드에 서명했습니다. [14] NFL은 7 월 30 일 NFLPA의 단체 교섭 대표자로서의 지위를 공식적으로 인정했다. [15] NFL과 NFLPA는 새로운 단체 교섭 협정에 대한 협상을 진행했고,이 협정은 선수들의 비준 후 발효되었다. 8 월 4 일 [16] 새로운 단체 교섭 협정은 2021 년까지 진행됩니다. [17]

NFL 초안

2011 NFL 드래프트는 30 2011 년 4 월 28 일부터 개최 된 뉴욕시라디오 시티 뮤직 홀 . 첫 번째 선택으로 Carolina PanthersAuburn의 쿼터백 Cam Newton선택했습니다 .

선수 움직임

자유 계약은 2011 년 NFL 폐쇄 가 끝난 후 2011 년 7 월 25 일에 시작되었습니다 .

자유 계약

FA 기간 동안 팀을 바꾸는 주목할만한 선수는 다음과 같습니다.

거래

2011 년 리그 연도에는 다음과 같은 주목할만한 거래가 이루어졌습니다.

  • 7 월 28 일 : 필라델피아는 2012 년 CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie 와 Arizona의 2 라운드 선발에 대한 대가로 QB Kevin Kolb 를 Arizona로 트레이드 했습니다 . [18]
  • 7 월 28 일 : 시카고는 2012 년 3 라운드 선발을 위해 TE Greg Olsen 을 Carolina 와 트레이드 했습니다. [19]
  • 7 월 28 일 : 워싱턴은 DT 앨버트 헤인즈 워스 를 뉴 잉글랜드로 트레이드 하여 2013 년 5 라운드를 선택했습니다 . [20]
  • 7 월 29 일 : 신시내티는 WR Chad Ochocinco 를 뉴 잉글랜드로 트레이드 하여 2012 년에 5 라운드, 2013 년에 6 라운드를 선택했습니다. [21]
  • 7 월 29 일 : 워싱턴 은 2012 년 6 라운드 픽에 대한 대가로 QB Donovan McNabb 을 미네소타로 트레이드했습니다. [22]
  • 7 월 29 일 : New Orleans는 RB Reggie Bush 를 Miami에 S Jonathon Amaya 와 교환하고 2012 년에 6 라운드 선택권을 교환했습니다. [23]
  • 8 월 12 일 : Buffalo는 2012 년 4 라운드 픽에 대한 대가로 WR Lee Evans 를 볼티모어로 트레이드했습니다. [24]
  • 8 월 22 일 : 샌프란시스코는 2012 년 7 라운드 픽에 대한 대가로 S Taylor Mays 를 신시내티로 트레이드했습니다. [25]
  • 8 월 29 일 : 시애틀은 CB Kelly Jennings 를 DE Clinton McDonald 가 반대 방향으로가는 신시내티로 보냈습니다 . [26]
  • 10 월 12 일 : 시애틀 은 2012 년 7 라운드 픽과 2013 년 조건부 픽의 대가로 LB Aaron Curry 를 오클랜드로 트레이드했습니다. [27]
  • 10 월 17 일 : 덴버는 WR Brandon Lloyd 를 2012 년 5 라운드 픽에 대한 대가로 세인트루이스로 트레이드했습니다. [28]
  • 10 월 18 일 : 신시내티는 QB Carson Palmer 를 Oakland로 전환하여 2012 년 1 라운드 픽과 2013 년 조건부 2 라운드 픽을 교환했습니다. [29]

규칙 변경

다음은 3 월 리그의 연례 오너 회의에서 통과 된 규칙 변경 사항입니다. 모든 변경 사항은 노동 쟁의가 해결되면 발효되었습니다.

  • 부상을 제한하기 위해 킥오프에 대한 변경이 이루어졌습니다. 첫째, 킥오프가 30에서 35 야드 라인으로 옮겨져 1994 년 규칙 변경을 폐지합니다 . 또한 킥오프 커버리지 팀의 선수는 킥오프 라인 뒤에서 5 야드 이상 줄을 서지 못하여 달리기 시작을 최소화하고 충돌 속도를 줄입니다. [30] 다른 변경 사항도 제안되었지만, 많은 선수와 코치는 킥오프 리턴 횟수를 제거하지 않을 경우 실제로 크게 줄일 것이라고 우려를 표명했습니다. [31] [32] 20 개가 아닌 25 개로 터치 백을 가져오고 모든 웨지 블록을 제거하는 제안은 채택되지 않았습니다. [30] 이 규칙은 불구 베어빌스 와의 프리 시즌 경기에서 30 야드 라인에서 두 번 [ 인용 필요 ] 킥오프 .
  • 전체 게임 중 득점 플레이에 대한 모든 리플레이 검토는 이제 리플레이 부스 담당자가 시작할 수 있습니다. 2 분 경고를받지 않고 득점 플레이가 발생하면 코치는 더 이상 챌린지 중 하나를 사용할 필요가 없습니다. [30] [31] 이 경기는 이제 코치들이 "도전 할 수없는"상태이기 때문에 그렇게하려고 시도하면 15 야드의 비신사적 행동 페널티를 받게되며, 시즌 동안 여러 코치가 신고를 받았습니다.
  • " 보이시 주 규칙" 이라는 별명을 가진 모든 경기장은 녹색을 유지해야 하며 리그에서 승인하지 않는 한 보이시 주립 브 롱코 스타디움 의 푸른 잔디와 같은 다른 색이 아니어야합니다 . 이것은 몇몇 경기장에서 색상 변경을 요청한 몇몇 스폰서에 대한 응답으로 전달되었습니다. [33]

2011 년 5 월 24 일 NFL 소유자 회의에서 다음 규칙 변경이 채택되었습니다.

  • 지나가는 사람의 머리를 상대의 손, 팔 또는 기타 신체 부위에 부딪히는 것은 강제적 인 타격이 아닌 한 파울이되지 않으며, 이유에 관계없이 지나가는 사람의 머리에 접촉하면 벌칙을 받는다는 기존 규칙을 수정합니다. 개인 파울 (15 야드).
  • 플레이어는 무방비 상태의 플레이어를 레벨링하기 위해 "발사"(접촉 전에 양 발을두고 상대에게 앞으로 튀어 오르거나, 헬멧의 일부를 사용하여 상대의 신체 일부에 강제 접촉을 시작하는 것)도 금지됩니다. "수비 선수가 무방비 선수를 감싸거나 움켜 잡아 태클하기 위해 팔을 사용하는지 여부에 관계없이 헬멧, 안면 마스크, 팔뚝 또는 어깨로 목이나 머리 부분을 강제로 치는 것"과 같이 머리를 내리고 강제로 접촉합니다. 헬멧의 상단 / 크라운 또는 이마 / "헤어 라인"부분이 무방비 상태 인 플레이어의 신체 일부에 맞 닿아 있습니다. 위반자는 불필요한 거칠기 때문에 15 야드 벌칙을 받고 접촉이 명백한 것으로 간주되면 게임에서 퇴장합니다.

"무방비 플레이어"는 다음과 같이 정의됩니다.

  • 패스를 던지는 행위 또는 직후에 플레이어.
  • 패스를 잡으려고하는 리시버 또는 캐치를 완료하지 않았고 자신을 보호 할 시간이 없거나 분명히 주자가되지 않은 사람. 리시버 / 러너가 상대의 임박한 접촉을 피하거나 막을 수 있다면, 그는 더 이상 무방비 플레이어가 아닙니다.
  • 전진이 중단되고 이미 태클 러의 손에 들어간 러너.
  • 킥오프 또는 펀트 리턴자가 공중에서 킥을 시도합니다.
  • 플레이가 끝날 때 바닥에있는 플레이어.
  • 킥 또는 리턴 중 키커 / 펀터.
  • 소유권 변경 (예 : 회전율) 후 언제든지 쿼터백.
  • 블로커가 자신의 엔드 라인을 향해 움직일 때 "블라인드 사이드"블록을 받고 뒤 또는 옆에서 상대에게 접근하는 플레이어. [34]

리그는 경기 관계자들에게 이러한 개인 파울 페널티를 호출 할 때 "주의 측면에서 실수"하도록 지시했으며, 이러한 종류의 호출을 주저하지 않도록 실수를하더라도 다운 그레이드되지 않을 것이라고 지시했습니다. [35]

경기 당일 테스트

  • 성능 향상 약물에 대한 경기 당일 테스트. NFL은 새로운 단체 교섭 협약에 따라 이번 시즌에 성능 향상 물질에 대한 게임 데이 테스트를 추가하지만 기분 전환 용 약물은 추가하지 않습니다. [36]

시간표

프리 시즌 일정은 2011 년 4 월 12 일에 발표되었습니다. 명예의 전당 게임은 1971 년 이후 두 번째로 시카고 베어스세인트 루이스 램스상대로 경기를 선보였을 것입니다. 같은 회의. [37] 대신, 시즌이 시작되었다 샌디에고 충전기 호스팅 시애틀 시호크스를 년 8 월 11 일; 나머지 프리 시즌과 다른 모든 게임은 원래 예정대로 진행되었습니다 ( 허리케인 아이린 으로 인해 이틀이 연기 된 프리 시즌 Jets - Giants 게임 제외 ).

2011 년 시즌은 2011 년 9 월 8 일 목요일 Lambeau Field 에서 시작되었으며, Super Bowl XLV 챔피언 Green Bay Packers킥오프 경기 에서 New Orleans Saints주최 했습니다 . 마지막 정규 시즌 경기는 2012 년 1 월 1 일 일요일에 열렸습니다. 플레이 오프는 2012 년 1 월 7 일 토요일에 시작되어 2012 년 2 월 5 일 인디애나 폴리스의 Lucas Oil Stadium 에서 리그 챔피언십 게임 인 Super Bowl XLVI로 끝났습니다 .

NFL의 일정 공식에 따라 회의 내 및 회의 간 매치업은 다음과 같습니다.

리그는 2011 년 봄 일정을 정리 한 때, 노동 쟁의 9 월에 지속 된 경우에는 약간의 쿠션과 정규 시즌의 계획을 시작했다. 예를 들어, 3 주차의 모든 콘테스트에는 시즌 후반에 같은 작별 인사를 공유하는 팀이 있었기 때문에이 게임은 원래 팀의 작별 인사로 구성 될 수있었습니다. 주 2와 4는 그 주에 안녕에도 어떤 분할 경쟁 게임이나 팀이 있었다 정도로 설정하고, 주 2의 홈 경기에 모든 팀이 마찬가지 주 4 도로 및 부사장에 있었다. 이로 인해 해당 경기가 취소되어야한다면 시즌을 최대한 공정하게 유지할 수있었습니다. [38] 이러한 일정 변경과 함께 슈퍼 볼 전 주를 없애고 슈퍼 볼을 한 주 뒤로 옮기면 NFL은 10 월 중순에 시작하여 2 월 중순에 여전히 슈퍼 볼을 개최하면서 14 경기 일정을 플레이 할 수있었습니다. .

일정 문제로 NFC North의 Chicago Bears 는 4 주 연속 인터 컨퍼런스 게임을 모두 플레이했습니다 .11 주에는 샌디에이고 , 12 주 에는 오클랜드 , 13 주 에는 캔자스 시티 , 14 주에는 덴버 였습니다.

이번 시즌의 국제 시리즈 게임은 특색 시카고 베어스탬파베이 버 커니 어스 에서 웸블리 스타디움 (Wembley Stadium) 홈 팀의 역할을 해적으로 10 월 23 일에 런던을. [39] 베어스 24-18 원. [40] 2010 년 Bills Toronto Series 의 일부 였기 때문에 Bears의 두 번째 경기가 미국 밖에서 펼쳐 졌습니다. Buccaneers는 이전에 2009 년 International Series에 출연했습니다. 일주일 후인 10 월 30 일 , Buffalo Bills토론토의 Rogers Center 에서 열린 Bills의 연례 경기에서 Washington Redskins물리 쳤습니다.23–0 점으로. 2011 년 CFL 시즌 의 범위 내에 있었지만 , 온타리오 남부 CFL 두 팀 중 어느 쪽도 같은 날 경기를하지 않았고 둘 다 그 주말에 원정 경기를 치렀습니다. 2011-12 시즌은 또한 Super Bowl XXVI 에서 열린 Bills and Redskins 회의 20 주년을 기념했습니다 .

디트로이트 라이온스는 첫 호스팅 월요일 밤 축구 때문에 게임을 2001 그들은에서 곰에 직면했을 때, 콜럼버스의 날 / 캐나다 추수 감사절을 합니다 ( 디트로이트 - 윈저 시장은 미국 - 캐나다 국경에 걸쳐). [41] 디트로이트는 팀의 5 연패로 시카고를 24–13으로 이겼습니다. 1950 년대 팀의 영광을 누린 이래 가장 많은 라이온스가 시즌을 시작하는 데 성공했으며, 이후 라이온스 팬들에게 즐거운 놀라움으로 여겨지는 연속 행진을 이어갔습니다. 평범한 10 년. [42]

2011 년 추수 감사절 슬레이트 에는 슈퍼 볼 챔피언 그린 베이 패커 스가 디트로이트와의 경기에서 27-15로 승리했고, 카우보이스집에서 마이애미 돌핀스를 20-19 로 물리 치기 위해 돌아 왔습니다. 온 추수 감사절 한잔 NFL 네트워크 보여 볼티모어 레이븐 물리 치고 샌프란시스코 49ers에 집에서 16-6; 이것은 1972 년 이후 49ers를위한 첫 번째 추수 감사절 경기 였고, Ravens에게는 처음이며, 1 년차 49ers 감독 인 Jim Harbaugh 가 그의 형제 인 Ravens 감독 인 John Harbaugh를 상대로 한 경기였습니다 .

크리스마스는 일요일이었다. TV 계약에 따르면 대부분의 오후 게임은 크리스마스 이브 (토요일)에 진행되며 일요일 밤에는 한 게임 만 개최됩니다. Packers는 NBC 에서 크리스마스 저녁Bears (35-21)를 이겼습니다 .

결과적으로 2012 년 설날도 일요일에 떨어졌고 NFL은 그날 17 주차 일정을 모두 치렀습니다. 일반적으로 새해 첫날에 열리는 주요 대학 볼 게임과 NHL Winter Classic 은 1 월 2 일 월요일에 열렸습니다. 2 년 연속 17 주차는 디비전 경기 만 진행했습니다.

뉴욕 자이언츠 방문한 워싱턴 레드 스킨스를 , 정규 시즌의 첫 번째 일요일의 열 번째 주년 기념 9 월 11 일에 9.11 테러 첫뿐만 아니라, 워싱턴 DC와 뉴욕시는 모두 대상으로하고있는을 오사마 빈 라덴이 5 월에 살해 된 이래로 그런 기념일 . [43] 때문에이의 근접에 볼티모어 워싱턴뿐만 아니라의 근접 피츠버그사이트 유나이티드 항공은 비행 93 추락의 피츠버그 스틸러스 방문한 라이벌 에서 레이븐 M & T 뱅크 스타디움볼티모어에서. 두 팀이 2003 년 이후 시즌 개막전을 치른 것은 이번이 처음이다. 그들의 열띤 경쟁으로 인해 보통 시즌 후반에 경기가 예정되어 있기 때문이다. 자이언츠과 같은 도시 라이벌의 몇 가지 추측이 있었다 뉴욕 제트는 두가 2011 년에 서로를 연주 할 예정 되었기 때문에 일이 서로를 재생할 수 있었다; Jets는 NFL의 일정 공식에 따라 미리 결정된 매치업 에서 MetLife Stadium 의 지정된 홈 팀이었습니다 . [44] 단, 제트 대신 호스팅 달라스 카우보이 . [45]

일정 변경

다음 정규 시즌 게임은 유연한 일정 , 악천후 또는 기타 이유로 이동되었습니다.

  • 10 주차 : LionsBears 게임이 EST 오후 1시에서 오후 4:15 EST로 변경되었습니다. [46]
  • 11 주차 : The TitansFalcons 게임이 EST 오후 1시에서 오후 4:15 EST로 이동했습니다. [47]
  • 13 주차 : ColtsPatriots 게임이 NBC Sunday Night Football의 오후 8시 20 분 EST 시간 슬롯 에서 CBS의 오후 1:00 EST로 이동되었습니다 . Lions- 성도 원래 1:00 오후 동부 표준시 예정 게임, 폭스 , 원래 스케줄 폴리스 - 애국자 게임 대신에, NBC에서 오후 8시 20분 슬롯에 근육이 수축되었다. 레이븐 - 브라운의 게임 4:05 오후 동부 표준시 오후 1:00 EST로 변경되었습니다. 야생마 - 바이킹게임은 동부 표준시 오후 4시 5 분에서 동부 표준시로 오후 1 시로 변경되었으며, Fox는 초기 시간대에 두 게임 만 있었기 때문에 CBS 대신 Fox에서 방영되었습니다. 리그가 인터 컨퍼런스 텔레비전을 홈팀의 일요일 오후 지역 방송사로 옮긴 것은 이번이 처음입니다. [47] [48]
  • 14 주차 : The RaidersPackers 게임이 EST 오후 1시에서 오후 4시 15 분으로 변경되었습니다. [49]
  • 17 주차 : 정규 시즌의 마지막 주 동안 플레이 오프 영향으로 인해 유연한 일정으로 다음 게임이 이동되었습니다. 원래 Fox에서 오후 1시에 예정된 카우보이자이언츠 게임이 최종 NBC로 선정되었습니다. NFC East 부문 챔피언 을 결정한 Sunday Night Football 게임 . 해적 -Falcons, Ravens- 벵갈스틸러스 -Browns 게임은 모든 4:15 오후 동부 표준시 오후 1:00 EST에서 이동되었다. [50]

정규 시즌 순위

분할

회의

# 분할 W PCT DIV CONF 위급 신호 SOV STK
부문 우승자
1 뉴 잉글랜드 패트리어츠 동쪽 13 0 .813 5 ~ 1 10 ~ 2 .449 .423 W8
2 [A] 볼티모어 까마귀 북쪽 12 4 0 .750 6–0 9 ~ 3 .477 .484 W2
휴스턴 텍사스 남쪽 10 6 0 .625 4 ~ 2 8 ~ 4 .453 .413 L3
4 [b] 덴버 브롱 코스 서부 8 8 0 .500 3 ~ 3 6 ~ 6 .520 .445 L3
와일드 카드
5 [a] 피츠버그 스틸러스 북쪽 12 4 0 .750 4 ~ 2 9 ~ 3 .492 .411 W2
6 [c] 신시내티 벵갈 스 북쪽 9 7 0 .563 2 ~ 4 6 ~ 6 .492 .326 L1
플레이 오프 자격이 없음
7 [c] 테네시 타이탄 남쪽 9 7 0 .563 3 ~ 3 7 ~ 5 .461 .396 W2
8 [d] 뉴욕 제츠 동쪽 8 8 0 .500 3 ~ 3 6 ~ 6 .500 .395 L3
9 [b] [d] [e] 샌디에이고 충전기 서부 8 8 0 .500 3 ~ 3 7 ~ 5 .516 .430 W1
10 [b] [e] 오클랜드 레이더스 서부 8 8 0 .500 3 ~ 3 6 ~ 6 .504 .438 L1
11 Kansas City Chiefs 서부 7 9 0 .438 3 ~ 3 4 ~ 8 .512 .464 W1
12 [f] 마이애미 돌핀스 동쪽 6 10 0 .375 3 ~ 3 5 ~ 7 .504 .417 W1
13 [f] 버팔로 빌 동쪽 6 10 0 .375 1 ~ 5 4 ~ 8 .520 .510 L1
14 잭슨빌 재규어 남쪽 5 11 0 .313 3 ~ 3 4 ~ 8 .500 .363 W1
15 클리블랜드 브라운 북쪽 4 12 0 .250 0 ~ 6 3 ~ 9 .531 .313 L6
16 인디애나 폴리스 콜츠 남쪽 2 14 0 .125 2 ~ 4 2 ~ 10 .539 .594 L1
타이 브레이커 [g]
  1. ^ B 볼티모어는 피츠버그에 걸쳐 머리 대 머리 스윕에 따라 AFC 북한 타이틀을 차지했다.
  2. ^ a b c 덴버는 기록적인 대결을 바탕으로 샌디에고 나 오클랜드 대신 AFC 웨스트 타이틀을 차지했습니다 (샌디에이고와 오클랜드의 4-6).
  3. ^ B 신시내티 일대일 승리에 기초 대신 테네시 AFC 6 시드를 확정.
  4. ^ B 뉴욕 제트는 접전 승리에 따라 앞서 샌디에이고의 마무리.
  5. ^ a b 샌디에이고는 더 나은 컨퍼런스 기록 (7-5에서 6-6)을 기준으로 AFC 서부에서 오클랜드를 앞서갔습니다.
  6. ^ a b 마이애미는 Buffalo를 상대로 일대일 스윕으로 AFC East에서 3 위를 차지했습니다.
  7. ^ NFL 규칙에 따라 3 개 이상의 팀의 동점을 깨면 먼저 디비전 내에서 깨고 각 디비전에서 가장 높은 순위의 나머지 팀만 비교합니다.


# 분할 W PCT DIV CONF 위급 신호 SOV STK
부문 우승자
1 그린 베이 패커 북쪽 15 1 0 .938 6–0 12–0 .457 .458 W2
2 [A] 샌프란시스코 49ers 서부 13 0 .813 5 ~ 1 10 ~ 2 .449 .418 W3
3 [a] 뉴 올리언스 성도 남쪽 13 0 .813 5 ~ 1 9 ~ 3 .441 .442 W8
4 뉴욕 자이언츠 동쪽 9 7 0 .563 3 ~ 3 5 ~ 7 .520 .465 W2
와일드 카드
5 [b] 애틀랜타 팔콘 남쪽 10 6 0 .625 3 ~ 3 7 ~ 5 .480 .375 W1
6 [b] 디트로이트 라이온스 북쪽 10 6 0 .625 3 ~ 3 6 ~ 6 .535 .394 L1
플레이 오프 자격이 없음
7 [c] 시카고 베어스 북쪽 8 8 0 .500 3 ~ 3 7 ~ 5 .527 .406 W1
8 [c] [d] 애리조나 카디널스 서부 8 8 0 .500 4 ~ 2 7 ~ 5 .469 .391 W1
9 [d] [e] 필라델피아 이글스 동쪽 8 8 0 .500 5 ~ 1 6 ~ 6 .488 .398 W4
10 [e] 달라스 카우보이 동쪽 8 8 0 .500 2 ~ 4 6 ~ 6 .473 .375 L2
11 시애틀 시호크스 서부 7 9 0 .438 3 ~ 3 6 ~ 6 .512 .438 L2
12 캐롤라이나 팬더 스 남쪽 6 10 0 .375 2 ~ 4 3 ~ 9 .504 .313 L1
13 워싱턴 레드 스킨스 동쪽 5 11 0 .313 2 ~ 4 5 ~ 7 .477 .438 L2
14 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 남쪽 4 12 0 .250 2 ~ 4 3 ~ 9 .551 .438 L10
15 미네소타 바이킹 북쪽 13 0 .188 0 ~ 6 3 ~ 9 .559 .396 L1
16 세인트 루이스 램스 서부 2 14 0 .125 0 ~ 6 1 ~ 11 .590 .531 L7
타이 브레이커 [f]
  1. ^ a b 샌프란시스코는 더 나은 회의 기록 (10–2에서 9–3)을 기반으로 뉴 올리언스 대신 NFC 2 시드를 확보했습니다.
  2. ^ a b Atlanta는 일대일 승리를 바탕으로 디트로이트 대신 NFC 5 시드를 확보했습니다.
  3. ^ a b 시카고는 기록 대 일반 상대를 기준으로 애리조나보다 앞서 나갔습니다.
  4. ^ B 애리조나 접전 승리를 기반으로 앞서 필라델피아의 완성.
  5. ^ a b 필라델피아는 댈러스를 상대로 일대일 스윕을 기반으로 NFC 동부에서 2 위를 차지했습니다.
  6. ^ NFL 규칙에 따라 3 개 이상의 팀의 동점을 깨면 먼저 디비전 내에서 깨고 각 디비전에서 가장 높은 순위의 나머지 팀만 비교합니다.


포스트 시즌

플레이 오프 대진표

1 월 8 일 – MetLife 스타디움 1 월 15 일 – Lambeau Field
5 애틀랜타 2
4 NY 자이언츠 37
4 NY 자이언츠 24 1 월 22 일 – 캔들 스틱 파크
1 그린 베이 20
NFC
Jan. 7 – Mercedes-Benz Superdome 4 NY Giants 20*
Jan. 14 – Candlestick Park
2 San Francisco 17
6 Detroit 28 NFC Championship
3 New Orleans 32
3 New Orleans 45 Feb. 5 – Lucas Oil Stadium
2 San Francisco 36
Wild card playoffs
Divisional playoffs
Jan. 7 – Reliant Stadium N4 NY Giants 21
Jan. 15 – M&T Bank Stadium
A1 New England 17
6 Cincinnati 10 Super Bowl XLVI
3 Houston 13
3 Houston 31 Jan. 22 – Gillette Stadium
2 Baltimore 20
AFC
Jan. 8 – Sports Authority Field at Mile High 2 Baltimore 20
Jan. 14 – Gillette Stadium
1 New England 23
5 Pittsburgh 23 AFC Championship
4 Denver 10
4 Denver 29*
1 New England 45


* Indicates overtime victory

Records and milestones

  • Most points in the Kickoff Game, single team: 42, Green Bay (vs. New Orleans, September 8, 2011)
  • Most points in the Kickoff Game, total: 76, Green Bay (42) and New Orleans (34) — September 8, 2011
  • Longest kick return (tie): 108 yards, Randall Cobb (Green Bay vs. New Orleans — September 8, 2011)
  • Longest field goal (tie): 63 yards, Sebastian Janikowski (Oakland vs. Denver — September 12, 2011)[52]
  • Most combined passing yards in a single game, broken twice:
  • Most yards thrown by a rookie quarterback in his first game: 422, Cam Newton (Carolina vs. Arizona)[53]
  • Most passing yards, rookie, season: 4,051, Cam Newton, Carolina
  • Most yards thrown by a quarterback, first two games of the season, broken twice:
    • 854 yards, Cam Newton (September 18, 2011), Carolina, stands as record for a rookie[54]
    • 940 yards, Tom Brady (September 18, 2011), New England Patriots[54]
  • Most consecutive second-half drives to end in touchdowns: 5, Buffalo (vs. Oakland, September 18, 2011)[55]
  • Largest point margin prior to a successful comeback in consecutive games, modern era, broken twice:
  • Most field goals of 50 or more yards, single game (tied twice):
  • Highest net punting average for a season: 43.99 yards, Andy Lee, San Francisco[58]
  • Longest game-winning punt return touchdown in overtime: 99 yards, Patrick Peterson, Arizona (vs. St. Louis, November 6, 2011)[59]
  • Most punt returns in a season for touchdown (tied): 4, Patrick Peterson, Arizona
  • Most punt return yards by a rookie in a season: 699, Patrick Peterson, Arizona
  • Most field goals in a season: 44, David Akers, San Francisco
  • Most points in a season without a touchdown: 166, David Akers, San Francisco[58]
  • Most rushing touchdowns by a quarterback in a season: 14, Cam Newton, Carolina
  • Most passing yards in a season: 5,476, Drew Brees, New Orleans.[60]
    • Tom Brady, New England (5,235) and Matthew Stafford, Detroit (5,038) also passed for more than 5,000 yards marking the 4th and 5th times an individual has reached that milestone in NFL history, and the first time more than one person has done it in a single season.
  • Fewest turnovers in a season (tied): 10, San Francisco[58]
  • The 2011 Saints broke many offensive records on January 1, 2012:[61]
    • Most net yardage of offense in a season: 7,474
    • Most net yards passing: 5,347
    • Most completions: 472
    • Highest completion percentage (team) for the season: 71.3
    • Fewest fumbles in a season: 6
    • Most first downs for the season: 416
    • Most passing first downs in a season: 280
    • Most kick-offs resulting in a touchback, season: 62
    • Highest third down conversion percentage: 57.9%
  • The 2011 Raiders also broke a few records:
    • Most penalties, season: 163
    • Most yards penalized, season: 1,358
  • Most all purpose yards in a season: 2,696, Darren Sproles, New Orleans
  • Most receiving yards by a tight end in a season, broken twice:
  • Most games, 300+ yards passing, season: 13, Drew Brees, New Orleans
  • Most consecutive 300+ yards passing games: 7, Drew Brees, New Orleans
  • Punt return touchdowns, career: 12, Devin Hester, Chicago
  • Most consecutive games, 100+ passer rating, season: 12, Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay
  • Highest passer rating, season: 122.5, Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay
  • Most field goals of 50 or more yards, season, all teams: 90
  • Highest field goals of 50 or more yards percentage, season, all teams: 63.8
  • Highest completion percentage (individual), season: 71.2, Drew Brees, New Orleans
  • Longest pass completion (tied twice):
    • 99, Tom Brady, New England (vs. Miami, September 12, 2011)
    • 99, Eli Manning, New York Giants (vs. New York Jets, December 24, 2011)
  • Most consecutive games, 2+ touchdown passes (tied): 13, Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay
  • Most times finished in the first place: 23, New York Giants

Playoff records & milestones

  • Most offensive yards in a single playoff game: 627, New Orleans (vs. Detroit, Wild Card January 7, 2012)
  • First quarterback to reach 400+ yards in two consecutive postseason games: Drew Brees, New Orleans (First time: 2010 vs. Seattle; 2nd time: 2011 vs. Detroit – both Wild Card games)
  • Most first downs (tie): 34, New Orleans (vs. Detroit, Wild Card January 7, 2012)
  • Most receiving yards in a playoff debut: 210, Calvin Johnson, Detroit (vs. New Orleans, Wild Card January 7, 2012)
  • Most consecutive playoff games lost (tie): 7, Detroit Lions
  • Tim Tebow's game-winning pass to Demaryius Thomas for Denver (vs. Pittsburgh, Wild Card January 8, 2012) set several records:
    • Longest scoring play in a playoff overtime: 80 yards
    • Shortest time of a drive in regular and postseason overtime: 11 seconds
    • Quickest win in overtime: 11 seconds
  • Most playoff appearances: 31, New York Giants
  • Most completions to start a super bowl: 9, Eli Manning
  • Most touchdown passes in a single playoff game (tie): 6, Tom Brady, New England
  • Most league championship game appearances: 19, New York Giants
  • Most Super Bowls Started as QB (tie): 5, Tom Brady
  • Record for most yards per completion (31.6) in an NFL playoff game Tim Tebow
  • 3rd player in NFL playoff history to pass for 300 yards, and rush for 50 yards. Tim Tebow
  • Most Super Bowls lost (tie): 4, New England Patriots
  • Most playoff games won starting QB (tie): 16, Tom Brady


Regular season statistical leaders

Individual[62]
Scoring leader David Akers, San Francisco (166)
Touchdowns LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia (20 TDs)
Most field goals made David Akers, San Francisco (44 FGs)
Rushing Maurice Jones-Drew, Jacksonville (1,606 yards)
Passing touchdowns Drew Brees, New Orleans (46 TDs)
Passing yards Drew Brees, New Orleans (5,476 yards)
Passer rating Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay (122.5 rating)
Pass receptions Wes Welker, New England (122 catches)
Pass receiving yards Calvin Johnson, Lions (1,681 yards)
Combined tackles London Fletcher, Washington (166 tackles)
Interceptions Kyle Arrington, New England, Eric Weddle, San Diego and Charles Woodson, Green Bay (7)
Punting Britton Colquitt, Denver (4,783 yards, 47.2 average yards)
Sacks Jared Allen, Minnesota (22)

Awards

All-Pro Team

Offense
Quarterback Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay
Running back Maurice Jones-Drew, Jacksonville
LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia
Fullback Vonta Leach, Baltimore
Wide receiver Calvin Johnson, Detroit
Wes Welker, New England
Tight end Rob Gronkowski, New England
Offensive tackle Jason Peters, Philadelphia
Joe Thomas, Cleveland
Offensive guard Carl Nicks, New Orleans
Jahri Evans, New Orleans
Center Maurkice Pouncey, Pittsburgh
Special teams
Kicker David Akers, San Francisco
Punter Andy Lee, San Francisco
Kick returner Patrick Peterson, Arizona

Players of the Week/Month

The following were named the top performers during the 2011 season:

Week/
Month
Offensive
Player of the Week/Month
Defensive
Player of the Week/Month
Special Teams
Player of the Week/Month
AFC NFC AFC NFC AFC NFC
1 Tom Brady[63] Aaron Rodgers[64] Terrell Suggs[63] Brian Urlacher[64] Sebastian Janikowski[63] Ted Ginn, Jr.[64]
2[65] Tom Brady Tony Romo Antonio Cromartie Roman Harper Josh Cribbs Jason Hanson
3 Darren McFadden[66] Eli Manning[67] Ray Lewis[66] Ronde Barber[67] Rian Lindell[66] Dan Bailey[67]
Sept.[68] Ryan Fitzpatrick Aaron Rodgers D'Qwell Jackson Sean Lee Sebastian Janikowski Jason Hanson
4 Arian Foster[69] Aaron Rodgers[69] Jarret Johnson[70] Brian Orakpo[71] Ryan Succop[72] Devin Hester[73]
5 Ben Roethlisberger[74] Adrian Peterson[75] George Wilson[74] Patrick Willis[75] Sebastian Janikowski[74] Mason Crosby[75]
6 Rashard Mendenhall[76] Ahmad Bradshaw[77] Darrelle Revis[76] Kurt Coleman[77] Jacoby Ford[76] Devin Hester[77]
7 Arian Foster[78] Drew Brees[79] Brandon Flowers[78] Lance Briggs[79] Josh Scobee[78] Mason Crosby[79]
8 Ben Roethlisberger[80] LeSean McCoy[81] Derrick Johnson[82] Cliff Avril[81] Brandon Tate[83] Robert Quinn[81]
Oct.[84] Arian Foster Aaron Rodgers LaMarr Woodley Jared Allen Joe McKnight Devin Hester
9 Matt Moore[85] Aaron Rodgers[86] David Harris[87] Mathias Kiwanuka[86] Eddie Royal[88] Patrick Peterson[86]
10 Michael Bush[89] Larry Fitzgerald[90] Andre Carter[89] Roman Harper[90] Marc Mariani[89] Devin Hester[90]
11 Torrey Smith[91] Kevin Smith[92] Von Miller[91] Chris Clemons[92] Julian Edelman[91] Kealoha Pilares[92]
12 Chris Johnson[93] Drew Brees[94] Terrell Suggs[93] DeAngelo Hall[94] Sebastian Janikowski[93] Patrick Peterson[94]
Nov.[95] Tom Brady Aaron Rodgers Connor Barwin Julius Peppers Sebastian Janikowski Patrick Peterson
13 Ray Rice[96] Cam Newton[97] Colin McCarthy[98] David Hawthorne[97] Antonio Brown[99] Tim Masthay[97]
14 Rob Gronkowski[100] Matt Ryan[101] Terrell Suggs[102] Jason Pierre-Paul[101] Matt Prater[103] Doug Baldwin[101]
15 Reggie Bush[104] Calvin Johnson[105] Antwan Barnes[106] John Abraham[105] Ryan Succop[107] Andy Lee[105]
16 Tom Brady[108] Drew Brees[109] Robert Mathis[108] Jason Pierre-Paul[109] Richard Seymour[108] David Akers[109]
17 Ray Rice[110] Matt Flynn[111] Troy Polamalu[112] Curtis Lofton[113] Richard Goodman[114] David Akers[115]
Dec.[116] Tom Brady Drew Brees Terrell Suggs Jason Pierre-Paul Matt Prater David Akers
Week FedEx Air
Player of the Week[117]
(Quarterbacks)
FedEx Ground
Player of the Week[117]
(Running Backs)
Pepsi
Rookie of the Week[118]
1 Tom Brady (NE) LeSean McCoy (Phi) WR Randall Cobb (GB)
2 Matthew Stafford (Det) Fred Jackson (Buf) WR Denarius Moore (Oak)
3 Joe Flacco (Bal) Darren McFadden (Oak) OL Stefen Wisniewski (Oak)
4 Aaron Rodgers (GB) Matt Forté (Chi) QB Cam Newton (Car)
5 Aaron Rodgers (GB) Adrian Peterson (Min) LB Aldon Smith (SF)
6 Aaron Rodgers (GB) Frank Gore (SF) LB Aldon Smith (SF)
7 Aaron Rodgers (GB) DeMarco Murray (Dal) RB DeMarco Murray (Dal)
8 Ben Roethlisberger (Pit) LeSean McCoy (Phi) DE Marcell Dareus (Buf)
9 Aaron Rodgers (GB) Willis McGahee (Den) QB Andy Dalton (Cin)
10 Tony Romo (Dal) Michael Bush (Oak) WR Denarius Moore (Oak)
11 Matthew Stafford (Det) Kevin Smith (Det) WR Torrey Smith (Bal)
12 Drew Brees (NO) Beanie Wells (Ari) QB Andy Dalton (Cin)
13 Aaron Rodgers (GB) Ray Rice (Bal) LB Colin McCarthy (Ten)
14 Matt Ryan (Atl) Marshawn Lynch (Sea) QB T. J. Yates (Hou)
15 Drew Brees (NO) Reggie Bush (Mia) QB Cam Newton (Car)
16 Drew Brees (NO) C. J. Spiller (Buf) QB Cam Newton (Car)
17 Matt Flynn (GB) Ray Rice (Bal) DB Sterling Moore (NE)
Month Rookie of the Month
Offensive Defensive
Sept.[68] Cam Newton Ryan Kerrigan
Oct.[84] Andy Dalton Aldon Smith
Nov.[119] DeMarco Murray Von Miller
Dec.[116] Julio Jones Aldon Smith

Regular Season Awards

For the first time, the league held the NFL Honors, an awards show to salute the best players and plays for the season. The 1st Annual NFL Honors was held at the Murat Theatre in Indianapolis, Indiana on February 4, 2012.[120]

Award Winner Position Team
AP Offensive Player of the Year Drew Brees Quarterback New Orleans Saints
AP Defensive Player of the Year Terrell Suggs Linebacker Baltimore Ravens
AP Coach of the Year Jim Harbaugh Head coach San Francisco 49ers
AP Offensive Rookie of the Year Cam Newton Quarterback Carolina Panthers
AP Defensive Rookie of the Year Von Miller Linebacker Denver Broncos
AP Comeback Player of the Year Matthew Stafford Quarterback Detroit Lions
AP Most Valuable Player Aaron Rodgers Quarterback Green Bay Packers
Pepsi Rookie of the Year Cam Newton Quarterback Carolina Panthers
Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Matt Birk Center Baltimore Ravens
Super Bowl Most Valuable Player Eli Manning Quarterback New York Giants

Team Superlatives

Offense

  • Most points scored: Green Bay, 560 (35.0 PPG)
  • Fewest points scored: St. Louis, 193 (12.1 PPG)
  • Most total offensive yards: New Orleans, 7,474
  • Fewest total offensive yards: Jacksonville, 4,149
  • Most total passing yards: New Orleans, 5,347
  • Fewest total passing yards: Jacksonville, 2,179
  • Most rushing yards: Denver, 2,632
  • Fewest rushing yards: New York Giants, 1,427

[121]

Defense

  • Fewest points allowed: Pittsburgh, 227 (14.2 PPG)
  • Most points allowed: Tampa Bay, 494 (30.9 PPG)
  • Fewest total yards allowed (defense): Pittsburgh, 4,348
  • Most total yards allowed (defense): Green Bay, 6,585
  • Fewest passing yards allowed: Pittsburgh, 2,751
  • Most passing yards allowed (defense): Green Bay, 4,796
  • Fewest rushing yards allowed (defense): San Francisco, 1,236
  • Most rushing yards allowed (defense): Tampa Bay, 2,497

[122]

Coaching changes

Pre-season

The uncertain labor issues and the possibility of a lockout were speculated to have a minimizing effect on coaching changes prior to the 2011 season, with owners predicted to be more hesitant than usual to hire a high-price, high-profile head coach.[123] Nevertheless, eight coaches were fired either during or immediately after the 2010 NFL season, compared to three in the year prior; only one of the new hires (John Fox) had ever been a head coach in the NFL prior to their hirings or promotions. However, Leslie Frazier, and Jason Garrett did get some experience as interim coaches during the 2010 season, with Garrett being successful in his debut season, going 5–3 in his tenure, improving the 1–7 Cowboys to a 6–10 season.

Team: 2010 head coach:
at start of season
2010 interim head coach: 2011 replacement: Reason for leaving: Notes:
Dallas Cowboys Wade Phillips Jason Garrett Fired Phillips, son of former NFL head coach Bum Phillips, was fired on November 8, 2010, following a 45–7 Week 9 loss against the Green Bay Packers, leaving Dallas with a 35–24 (.593) record. Phillips was later hired as defensive coordinator of the Houston Texans. On January 5, 2011, Jason Garrett, the team's offensive coordinator and presumptive head coach in waiting, was named the Head coach for the 2011 season.
Minnesota Vikings Brad Childress Leslie Frazier Fired Childress was fired on November 22, 2010, following a Week 11 loss against the Green Bay Packers, 31–3. The Vikings entered week 12 with a 3–7 record, second-to-last in the NFC North after a 12–4 season a year ago. Childress also faced controversy by releasing Randy Moss without the approval of owner Zygi Wilf and lost control over the locker room.[124] Childress amassed a record of 40–37 (.519) record during his time in Minnesota. Frazier, the Vikings' defensive coordinator since 2007, was named head coach following the end of the 2010 season.
Denver Broncos Josh McDaniels Eric Studesville (retained as running back coach) John Fox Fired McDaniels was fired on December 5, 2010, following a 10–6 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 13. After a 6–0 start in the 2009 season, the Broncos lost 17 of their next 22 games, and became subject to a videotaping scandal.[125] McDaniels's record was 11–17 (.393) as coach of the Broncos. McDaniels was later hired by the St. Louis Rams to be their offensive coordinator.[126]
San Francisco 49ers Mike Singletary Jim Tomsula (retained as defensive line coach) Jim Harbaugh Fired Singletary compiled a record of 18–22 (.462) during his 2½ years as head coach of the 49ers and was criticized for his lack of focus on the team's offense.[127][128] Singletary is now the Linebackers coach for the Minnesota Vikings.[129]

Harbaugh, a former NFL quarterback, came from the Stanford Cardinal football team, where he led the Cardinal to a 12–1 record in 2010 behind the arm of top quarterback prospect Andrew Luck, culminating in a victory in the Orange Bowl. (Luck was expected to declare for the 2011 NFL Draft if Harbaugh left, but decided to stay at Stanford.)

Carolina Panthers John Fox Ron Rivera Expired contract The Panthers announced on December 31, 2010, two days before the final game of the 2010 season, that his contract will not be renewed for 2011.[130] Fox spent nine seasons with Carolina, including an appearance in Super Bowl XXXVIII, and leaves Carolina with a total record of 78–76 (.506).

Rivera had spent the previous three seasons as defensive coordinator for the San Diego Chargers.

Cleveland Browns Eric Mangini Pat Shurmur Fired The Browns announced on Monday January 3, 2011, the day after the end of the 2010 regular season that Eric Mangini will not be returning to coach the Browns.[131] Mangini led the Browns to back to back 5–11 seasons and an overall record of 10–22 (.313), the second-worst in Browns history.[132] Mangini is currently an analyst for ESPN. On January 13 Browns announced that they hired Pat Shurmur, a career assistant coach who spent the last two seasons on the staff of the St. Louis Rams and from 1999–2008 on the staff of the Philadelphia Eagles.
Oakland Raiders Tom Cable Hue Jackson Expired contract The Raiders announced on Tuesday January 4, 2011, that they will not exercise the option on Tom Cable's contract. He finishes with a 17–27 (.386) record, which included an 8–8 record in 2010, while going undefeated against division rivals, being the first team to go 6–0 against division opponents and miss the playoffs. On January 17, the Raiders announced that Hue Jackson, their previous offensive coordinator will replace Cable, who was later hired as the Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Line Coach for the Seattle Seahawks.
Tennessee Titans Jeff Fisher Mike Munchak Resigned On January 27, it was formally announced by the Tennessee Titans that Jeff Fisher would not return to coach the team in 2011,[133] following a dispute with quarterback Vince Young. Fisher, whose time with the team dated back to when it was still the Houston Oilers, had the longest tenure as head coach with one team among active head coaches in the league at the time of his dismissal. In 17 years with the Oilers and Titans, Fisher compiled a record of 147–126 (.538) and led the Titans to Super Bowl XXXIV. Mike Munchak, who joined the Oilers in 1982 and has remained with the team as a player or coach every year since (serving most recently as offensive line coach), was promoted to the head coach position as Fisher's replacement.

In-season

The following head coaches were replaced in-season:

Team: 2011 head coach: Interim head coach: Reason for leaving: Notes:
Jacksonville Jaguars Jack Del Rio Mel Tucker Fired Del Rio was fired after compiling a 69–73 (.486) record (including postseason games) in 8¾ seasons as head coach; the team has not made the playoffs since 2007. Del Rio was fired at the same time that Wayne Weaver, the owner of the Jaguars, announced his intentions to sell the team to Pakistani-American automotive parts builder Shahid Khan.[134]
Kansas City Chiefs Todd Haley Romeo Crennel Fired Haley compiled a 19–27 (.413) record, including one postseason loss, in nearly 3 seasons with the Chiefs. Team ownership cited inconsistent play and a lack of progress in their decision; Haley was also cited for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty in what turned out to be his final game. Crennel had previously served as head coach of the Cleveland Browns from 2005 to 2008. Crennel won his first game as the interim head coach of the Chiefs on December 18, 2011 against the then undefeated Green Bay Packers 19-14, which was significant as Crennel snapped the Packers' 19-game winning streak ended their hopes for a perfect season. Crennel finished his stint as interim head coach with a 2-1 record. On January 9, 2012 Crennel was named the team's permanent head coach.
Miami Dolphins Tony Sparano Todd Bowles Fired Sparano compiled a 29–33 (.468) record, including one postseason loss, in nearly 4 seasons with the Dolphins. Ongoing speculation regarding Sparano's future in Miami prompted Dolphins owner Stephen Ross to dismiss Sparano prior to the end of the season instead of letting the speculation become a further distraction. The Dolphins intend on hiring someone from outside the organization in the 2012 offseason.[135]

Stadiums

Naming rights agreements

The following stadiums received new naming rights:

In addition, the San Diego Chargers' home field, Qualcomm Stadium, was temporarily renamed "Snapdragon Stadium" for a ten-day period from December 16–25, which included the team's Week 15 home game vs. the Baltimore Ravens, as a marketing tie in for Qualcomm's Snapdragon brand.[141]

Uniforms

The first Sunday of the season fell on the tenth anniversary of the September 11 attacks. To commemorate that event players, coaches, game officials and sideline personnel all wore a special stars and stripes ribbon bearing the dates "9/11/01" and "9/11/11" as a patch or pin. Players were also allowed to wear special red, white and blue gloves and shoes.[142]

The Buffalo Bills introduced redesigned uniforms on June 24, 2011. Early rumors fueled by a Madden NFL 12 trailer featuring a Bills throwback uniform had indicated the team would be adopting the uniforms the team wore between 1975 and 1983;[143] the final product indeed resembled those uniforms, with some minor adjustments.[144] The new uniforms (which marked the first redesign since 2002) were unveiled at a fan appreciation event at Ralph Wilson Stadium.[145] The Bills wore their white "away" uniforms in their week nine home game against the New York Jets as part of a whiteout promotion; the last time the team had worn their white uniforms at home was in 1986.[146]

The New England Patriots' uniforms bore a patch bearing the initials "MHK" in honor of team owner Robert Kraft's wife Myra Kraft who died of cancer in July.[147] The Patriots wore their red throwback uniforms in their week five game against the New York Jets. They wore their white jerseys at home against the Dallas Cowboys in week six, thus forcing the Cowboys to use their navy jerseys for the only time all season and the first time since 2009.[148] As per tradition, the Cowboys wore their throwbacks on Thanksgiving Day (November 24) at home against the Miami Dolphins.[148]

The St. Louis Rams wore their throwback uniforms in week 8 against the New Orleans Saints; the date was determined by fan voting.[149]

The Baltimore Ravens wore their black alternative jerseys twice in 2011: with black pants against the Jets and with white pants against the 49ers.[150]

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers wore their orange throwback uniforms during week 13 against Carolina.[151]

The Oakland Raiders wore stickers featuring "AL" on their helmets after owner Al Davis died on October 8, 2011.[152]

This season was the last in which the Denver Broncos wore their navy blue jerseys as their primary jersey, as the team has designated their orange jerseys—the team's alternate home jersey since 2002—as their new primary home jersey color, beginning with the 2012 season. The move was made due to overwhelming fan support to return to using orange as the team's primary home jersey color, which harkens back to the days of the Orange Crush Defense, as well as John Elway's return to the organization as the team's executive vice president of football operations. The team had considered making the switch for the 2011 season, but were too late to notify the NFL of the changes.[153] The team's navy blue jerseys, which had been their primary home jersey since they were first introduced in 1997, will become the alternate jerseys which will be worn in one or two home games each year.[154]

This season was the last in which the Seattle Seahawks wore their pacific blue (or "Seahawks blue") jerseys as the team's home jersey, as the team changed their home jersey color to dark navy for the 2012 season.[155]

End of the Reebok Era

This was the last season that Reebok exclusively supplied uniforms and sideline caps along with performance and fan apparel for all 32 teams in the league, as Nike and New Era now have the 40-year rights to manufacture on-field uniforms and fan apparel, with Nike handling uniforms and performance apparel, and New Era with on-field caps. For Reebok, this ends a 10-year exclusivity association that began in 2001.[156]

Media

This was the sixth season under the current television contracts with the league's television partners: CBS (all AFC afternoon away games), Fox (all NFC afternoon away games), NBC (17 Sunday Night Football games and the kickoff game), ESPN (17 Monday Night Football games over sixteen weeks), NFL Network (eight late-season games on Thursday night and Saturday nights), and DirecTV's NFL Sunday Ticket package. These contracts run through at least 2013. ESPN extended its contract for Monday Night Football on September 8, during the opening week of the season. The new contract extended the rights for eight seasons, giving the network rights until 2021. The new deal, valued between $14.2 billion and $15.2 billion, also gave them rights to expanded highlights, international and digital rights, the Pro Bowl beginning with the 2015 installment, and possibly a Wildcard playoff game.[157] Also, the league announced a nine-year extension with CBS, Fox and NBC on their current contracts starting with the 2014 season.[158]

The 2011 NFL season version of "musical chairs" brought some changes. At CBS, Dick Enberg officially retired (he broadcast San Diego Padres games for Fox Sports San Diego and its predecessor, 4SD until he retired in 2016; he died in 2017), and Marv Albert replaced him, coming over from Westwood One radio. Gus Johnson has also departed CBS and will begin calling play-by-play for Fox, mostly college games as well on FX. ESPN lost both of their sideline reporters from 2010: Michele Tafoya to NBC, where she replaced the departing Andrea Kremer, and Suzy Kolber reduced the number of games she covers to work on ESPN2's new NFL32 show, which she is hosting. ESPN, who had reduced the roles of its sideline reporters in recent years in response to NFL rule changes, used only one sideline reporter for each game of the 2011 season; among the rotating reporters include Kolber, Wendi Nix, Ed Werder, Sal Paolantonio, and Rachel Nichols.

On December 22, 2010, the league announced that its national radio contract with Westwood One, which was acquired by Dial Global in the 2011 offseason, had been extended through 2014.[159] The league also extended its contract with Sirius XM Radio through 2015.[160] In addition to these contracts, and in a first for an NFL team, the Dallas Cowboys signed a deal to allow for nationwide broadcasts of all of its home and away games broadcast on Compass Media Networks, in addition to its existing local radio network. Compass also acquired exclusive national broadcast rights to both the International Series and Toronto Series contests.[161]

The league did not announce plans to compensate their media partners had the season been shortened or canceled as a result of the work stoppage. NBC had ordered several low-cost reality television shows for the 2011–12 TV season in the event that Sunday Night Football could not be played, but other networks had not made public any contingency plans in the event NFL games could not be televised (in the case of CBS and Fox, the Sunday afternoon time slots could have been left unfilled and turned over to the affiliates, likely to be used for time buys by minor and extreme sports organizations, or locally programmed infomercials or movies as they are during the offseason). A work stoppage could have potentially cost these networks billions of dollars in ad revenue and other entertainment platforms that depend on the games being played. (Under the NFL's television contracts, the networks must still pay the league a rights fee regardless of whether or not the league plays any games; a March 2 ruling states that this money must be put into escrow and not be spent.)[162] Meanwhile, the United Football League had set aside a portion of their television contract for their 2011 UFL season, as a potential package of replacement programs for the networks;[163] while CBS and Fox briefly negotiated with the UFL regarding the package, neither network committed to carrying the games, forcing the UFL to postpone its season by a month.

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