1984 New England Patriots season

1984 New England Patriots season
Head coach Ron Meyer
Raymond Berry
General manager Patrick Sullivan
Owner Billy Sullivan
Home field Sullivan Stadium
Record 9–7
Division place 2nd AFC East
Playoff finish did not qualify
Pro Bowlers G John Hannah
T Brian Holloway
LB Steve Nelson
LB Andre Tippett
AP All-Pros G John Hannah (2nd team)

The 1984 New England Patriots season was the team's 35th, and 25th in the National Football League. The Patriots finished the season with a record of nine wins and seven losses, and finished second in the AFC East Division.

Head coach Ron Meyer, who had coached the Patriots for the previous two seasons, was fired halfway through the season. Meyer had angered several of his players with public criticism. After a 44–22 loss to Miami in Week 8, Meyer fired popular defensive coordinator Rod Rust; Meyer himself was fired by Patriots management shortly thereafter.[1]

The Patriots went outside the organization to hire Raymond Berry, who had been New England's receivers coach from 1978 to 1981 under coaches Chuck Fairbanks and Ron Erhardt. Berry had been working in the private sector in Medfield, Massachusetts, when the Patriots called him to replace Meyer. Berry's first order of business was to immediately rehire Rust.

Under Berry's leadership, the Patriots won four of their last eight games. Berry's importance to the team was reflected less in his initial win-loss record than in the respect he immediately earned in the locker room – "Raymond Berry earned more respect in one day than Ron Meyer earned in three years", according to running back Tony Collins.[2]


New England Patriots 1984 staff
Front Office

Head Coaches

Offensive Coaches

  • Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks – Lew Erber
  • Offensive Backfield – Cleve Bryant
  • Receivers – Steve Endicott
  • Offensive Line – Bill Muir

Defensive Coaches

Special Teams Coaches

Strength and Conditioning

  • Strength and Conditioning – LeBaron Caruthers

Regular season


Week Date Opponent Result Notes Attendance
1 September 2, 1984 at Buffalo Bills W 21–17 Steve Grogan threw two touchdowns
2 September 9, 1984 at Miami Dolphins L 28–7
3 September 16, 1984 Seattle Seahawks W 38–23 Patriots erased 23–0 gap
4 September 23, 1984 Washington Redskins L 26–10 Tony Eason's first start
5 September 30, 1984 at New York Jets W 28–21
6 October 7, 1984 at Cleveland Browns W 17–16
7 October 14, 1984 Cincinnati Bengals W 20–14
8 October 21, 1984 Miami Dolphins L 44–24 Ron Meyer fired following game
9 October 28, 1984 New York Jets W 30–20 Raymond Berry took over as coach
10 November 4, 1984 at Denver Broncos L 26–19
11 November 11, 1984 Buffalo Bills W 38–10
12 November 18, 1984 at Indianapolis Colts W 50–17 First trip to Indianapolis
13 November 22, 1984 at Dallas Cowboys L 20–17 Patriots' first Thanksgiving Day game
14 December 2, 1984 St. Louis Cardinals L 33–10
15 December 9, 1984 at Philadelphia Eagles L 27–17
16 December 16, 1984 Indianapolis Colts W 16–10

Notable Games

Week 1

The Patriots behind two Steve Grogan touchdown throws raced to a 21–0 lead and withstood a second-half Bills comeback to win 21–17.

Week 2

Grogan had a miserable day as he was intercepted four times; William Judson ran back one for a 60-yard touchdown. The Dolphins behind two Dan Marino scores won 28–7.

Week 3

The first home game of the season ended Grogan's season as he failed to complete any of his four passes and Kenny Easley ran back his interception for a 25-yard touchdown. The Seahawks scored three touchdowns marred by a missed PAT. Tony Eason replaced Grogan with six minutes left in the first half and in the final minute ran in a 25-yard touchdown. From there three Patriots backs rushed for 189 yards and three touchdowns and Eason tossed scores to Derrick Ramsey and Irving Fryar while Dave Krieg of the Seahawks was bullied into two interceptions. The 38–23 win was the largest comeback in Patriots history until 2013.

Week 9

New York Jets at New England Patriots
1 234Total
Jets 10 1000 20
Patriots 0 61014 30

Raymond Berry's first game as Patriots' head coach.


AFC East
Miami Dolphins(1) 14 2 0 .875 8–0 10–2 513 298 W2
New England Patriots 9 7 0 .563 6–2 9–3 362 352 W1
New York Jets 7 9 0 .438 3–5 7–7 332 364 L1
Indianapolis Colts 4 12 0 .250 2–6 4–8 239 414 L5
Buffalo Bills 2 14 0 .125 1–7 1–11 250 454 L2


New England Patriots 1984 roster

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen


Defensive Backs

Special Teams


  1. Neft, David S.; Cohen, Richard M.; and Korch, Rich The Sports Encyclopedia: Pro Football, 12th Edition, p. 486, Martin's Press, August 1994, ISBN 0-312-11073-1
  2. Quoted in Tales From The Patriots Sideline (Illinois:Sports Publishing LLC, 2006) by Michael Felger, p. 76
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