Hi, my name is Ed. Welcome to JustAnswer!.
It sounds like what you might be lacking is spark -- or at least strong spark. Ignition coils from this time period had an exposed multi-layer stamped steel core that tended to rust and expand, sometimes cracking the coil. This cracking can lead to damage to the primary OR secondary side of the coil, so either way it may reduce spark output. I'll shoot you a picture of an actual 2001 coil I took off of a Dodge van, with a new coil for comparison.
What I'd like you to do would be to check for maximum coil output, preferably at the plug wire end of the circuit. If you can't generate at least 1/2" of spark out there, go right to the coil and try again. If better, check your coil wire, which does have a habit of burning out at either one of the ends (it'll likely disintegrate in your hands if it's burned out bad enough to prevent engine start). Tested with an ohmmeter, I'd give a pass to anything below 20K ohms. If the coil wire is routed to the outside of the valve cover, it may have gotten too close to the exhaust manifold and burned a bit, so keep that in mind.
At this point (since you can smell fuel), you probably should treat the engine as flooded, so don't spare the use of throttle when trying to start it. It may become necessary to pull the fuel pump relay to unload the engine, since the wide-open unloader function doesn't work too well on these units.
Check 'er out and let me know if we need to keep looking.