1999 New York Jets season
OwnerEstate of Leon Hess
Head coachBill Parcells
Home fieldGiants Stadium
Division placeT-4th AFC East
Playoff finishDid not qualify
Pro BowlersC Kevin Mawae
WR Keyshawn Johnson
LB Mo Lewis
P Tom Tupa

The 1999 New York Jets season was the 40th season for the team, the 30th in the National Football League and the third year and final year under Bill Parcells and was also the last season that the Jets were under the ownership of the Hess family. Owner Leon Hess died before the season began and, per his directive, the team was to be sold after his death. The process for vetting potential buyers proceeded during the entire season and shortly after it concluded, the winning buyer was revealed as Johnson & Johnson heir Woody Johnson.

The Jets failed to improve upon their 12–4 record from 1998, when the Jets won the AFC East and ended the season with a loss in the AFC Championship Game and missed the playoffs for the first time since 1997. The team dealt with several devastating injuries to starters. Starting quarterback Vinny Testaverde suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon in the season opener against the New England Patriots, costing him the entire season. Starting running back Leon Johnson tore two knee ligaments in the same game and was also lost for the season.

Due to Testaverde’s injury, the Jets were forced to use three different quarterbacks during the season. Parcells used punter Tom Tupa, who had begun his career as a quarterback, to replace Testaverde in the opening game against the Patriots but pulled him in favor of Rick Mirer. Parcells acquired Mirer in a trade with the Green Bay Packers during the offseason and made room for Mirer by trading Glenn Foley to the Seattle Seahawks. After a 2–6 start to the season, Parcells went in another direction and replaced Mirer with third-stringer Ray Lucas, who won six of his eight starts to bring the team to an 8–8 finish.

Parcells announced his retirement shortly after the 1999 season concluded and announced that defensive coordinator Bill Belichick, who had been his designated successor, would take over. However, Belichick decided shortly after taking the position that he no longer wanted it and instead chose to become the head coach of the Patriots. Thus, Parcells promoted linebackers coach Al Groh to replace him while he stayed on for an additional year in the front office.


NFL draft

Main article: 1999 NFL draft

1999 New York Jets draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
2 57 Randy Thomas  Guard Mississippi State
      Made roster  


1999 New York Jets final roster

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen


Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists

Practice squad

Rookies in italics
53 active, 6 inactive, 3 practice squad

Regular season


Week Date Opponent Result Game site Attendance
1 September 12, 1999 New England Patriots L 30–28 Giants Stadium
2 September 19, 1999 at Buffalo Bills L 17–3 Ralph Wilson Stadium
3 September 26, 1999 Washington Redskins L 27–20 Giants Stadium
4 October 3, 1999 at Denver Broncos W 21–13 Mile High Stadium
5 October 11, 1999 Jacksonville Jaguars L 16–6 Giants Stadium
6 October 17, 1999 Indianapolis Colts L 16–13 Giants Stadium
7 October 24, 1999 at Oakland Raiders L 24–23 Network Associates Coliseum
8 Bye
9 November 7, 1999 Arizona Cardinals W 12–7 Giants Stadium
10 November 15, 1999 at New England Patriots W 24–17 Foxboro Stadium
11 November 21, 1999 Buffalo Bills W 17–7 Giants Stadium
12 November 28, 1999 at Indianapolis Colts L 13–6 RCA Dome
13 December 5, 1999 at New York Giants L 41–28 Giants Stadium
14 December 12, 1999 Miami Dolphins W 28–20 Giants Stadium
15 December 19, 1999 at Dallas Cowboys W 22–21 Texas Stadium
16 December 27, 1999 at Miami Dolphins W 38–31 Pro Player Stadium
17 January 2, 2000 Seattle Seahawks W 19–9 Giants Stadium


AFC East
(2) Indianapolis Colts 13 3 0 .813 423 333 L1
(5) Buffalo Bills 11 5 0 .688 320 229 W3
(6) Miami Dolphins 9 7 0 .563 326 336 L2
New York Jets 8 8 0 .500 308 309 W4
New England Patriots 8 8 0 .500 299 284 W1