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Freeman McNeil became the first Jet to lead the NFL in rushing as he finished with 786 yards on 151 carries (5.2 avg.) in the strike-shortened nine-game '82 season.
The Jets won five of their last seven after the strike to finish 6-3 reach the postseason for the second consecutive year. Then they posted road playoff wins at Cincinnati and the L.A. Raiders before falling to Miami, 14-0, in the Orange Bowl mud in the AFC title game.
After six seasons as head coach Walt Michaels announced his retirement (Feb. 9). The next day offensive coordinator Joe Walton was named head coach and defensive coordinator Joe Gardi was promoted to assistant head coach.
Citing Shea Stadium as "rundown, neglected and the NFL’s poorest facility for athletes and spectators alike," the Jets announced plans to move to the Meadowlands for the 1984 season.
The Jets dropped a 34-7 decision to Pittsburgh in their final home game at Shea Stadium.
1983 New York Jets
|Regular Season Record: 7-9-0|
|09/04/83||@ San Diego||41-29||Stats|
|09/18/83||@ New England||13-23||Stats|
|10/30/83||@ San Francisco||27-13||Stats|
|11/21/83||@ New Orleans||31-28||Stats|
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