1925 Rochester Jeffersons season

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1925 Rochester Jeffersons season
Head coach Tex Grigg
Home field Traveling team
Results
Record 2–10–1 Overall
0–6–1 NFL
League place T-16th in NFL

The 1925 Rochester Jeffersons season was their sixth and final season in the National Football League. The team improved on their previous record against league opponents of 0–7, losing only six games and logging a tie.[1] They tied for sixteenth in the league.

The previous season saw the culmination of the team's low scoring output, but their woes only improved slightly during the 1925 season. Between 1922 and 1924, the team lost fifteen consecutive NFL games by a combined score of 360–13[2][3][4] (scoring only one touchdown for every 26 that their opponents scored). They were shut out during thirteen of these fifteen NFL games, including a six-game streak being outscored 179–0.

In 1925, though, their scoring output improved, being outscored by a margin of only 111–26.[1] Despite the improvement both on offense and defense, the team finished without a victory for the fourth consecutive season. This streak of 23 games without a victory[5] is topped only by 1976–77 Tampa Bay Buccaneers (26 consecutive losses).[6]

During their six-year existence, the team had logged a record of 8–27–4,[5] with only two victories against teams then in the NFL (45–0 over the Tonawanda Kardex, which turned out to be Tonawanda's only game in the NFL, and 27–13 over the Columbus Panhandles, both during the 1921 season). These two victories were the last the team would experience. The Jeffersons were unable to log a victory over any team currently in the NFL, going 0–5 against the Chicago Cardinals, Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers, and New York Giants.[7]

For the 1925 season, the Jeffersons were coached by Cecil "Tex" Grigg. Grigg also played on the team as a kicker while simultaneously coaching, successfully kicking two extra point attempts during the season. These were his only kicking attempts in his career.[8] The 1925 season was his only year coaching,[9] but Grigg did continue his playing days for two more seasons, one with the New York Giants and one with the Frankford Yellow Jackets.[8] He would go on to play as a running back and scored five touchdowns in his career, including an interception return.

The team, one of the fourteen original teams in the National Football League, ceased operations after the 1925 season. Owner Leo Lyons, one of the founders of the NFL, ran out of money when the Jeffersons failed to draw sufficient crowds to attend their games. Because of a league-sanctioned suspension of operations, the team was still technically in existence through the 1926 and 1927 seasons, but Lyons allowed the franchise to expire on September 15, 1928, nearly three years after the team had played its last game.

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result
1 September 27, 1925 at Canton Bulldogs L 14–7
2 October 4, 1925 Buffalo Bisons T 0–0
October 10, 1925 at Albany W 17–3
October 11, 1925 at Atlantic City W 3–0
October 18, 1925 at Waterbury Blues L 7–6
3 October 25, 1925 at Green Bay Packers L 33–13
4 November 1, 1925 at Providence Steam Roller L 17–0
November 8, 1925 at Hartford Blues L 8–6
5 November 11, 1925 at New York Giants L 13–0
6 November 15, 1925 at Pottsville Maroons L 14–6
7 November 22, 1925 at Detroit Panthers L 20–0
November 29, 1925 at Atlantic City Blue Tornadoes L 7–6
December 6, 1925 at Atlantic City Blue Tornadoes L 6–0
  • Games in italics are against non-NFL teams.

Standings[edit]

NFL standings
W L T PCT PF PA STK
Chicago Cardinals * 11 2 1 .846 230 65 W2
Pottsville Maroons * 10 2 0 .833 270 45 W5
Detroit Panthers 8 2 2 .800 129 39 W1
New York Giants 8 4 0 .667 122 67 W1
Akron Pros 4 2 2 .667 65 51 L2
Frankford Yellow Jackets 13 7 0 .650 190 169 W2
Chicago Bears 9 5 3 .643 158 96 W3
Rock Island Independents 5 3 3 .625 99 58 L1
Green Bay Packers 8 5 0 .615 151 110 W1
Providence Steam Roller 6 5 1 .545 111 101 L1
Canton Bulldogs 4 4 0 .500 50 73 L1
Cleveland Bulldogs 5 8 1 .385 75 135 L1
Kansas City Cowboys 2 5 1 .286 65 97 W1
Hammond Pros 1 4 0 .200 23 87 L3
Buffalo Bisons 1 6 2 .143 33 113 L4
Rochester Jeffersons 0 6 1 .000 26 111 L5
Dayton Triangles 0 7 1 .000 3 84 L7
Duluth Kelleys 0 3 0 .000 6 25 L3
Milwaukee Badgers 0 6 0 .000 7 191 L6
Columbus Tigers 0 9 0 .000 28 124 L9

Note: Tie games were not officially counted in the standings until 1972.
* The Pottsville Maroons were suspended from the league in December, resulting in the Chicago Cardinals being named the NFL champions.

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