2002 Carolina Panthers Season
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2002 Carolina Panthers Season
2002 Carolina Panthers season
OwnerJerry Richardson
Head coachJohn Fox
Home fieldEricsson Stadium
Results
Record7-9
Division place4th NFC South
Playoff finishDid not qualify
Pro BowlersDT Kris Jenkins
P Todd Sauerbrun
AP All-ProsDT Kris Jenkins (1st team)
P Todd Sauerbrun (1st team)

The 2002 season was the Carolina Panthers' eighth in the National Football League and their first under head coach John Fox. They tried to improve upon their 1-15 record in 2001, and make it to the playoffs for the second time in franchise history.

The Panthers would improve six games, but they still failed to make the playoffs, despite moving from the NFC West to the more geographically accurate NFC South, finishing 7-9, five games behind the division champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Offseason

Signings Departures
DE Shane Burton (Jets) WR Donald Hayes (Patriots)
CB Terry Cousin (Dolphins) FB Chris Hetherington (Rams)
LB Mark Fields (Rams) DE Jay Williams (Dolphins)

NFL Draft

The 2002 NFL Draft took place at Radio City Music Hall in New York City on April 15 and April 16, 2002. The Panthers selected nine players in seven rounds.

NFL Draft

2002 Carolina Panthers draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 2 Julius Peppers *  DE North Carolina
2 34 DeShaun Foster  RB UCLA
3 73 Will Witherspoon   LB Georgia
4 100 Dante Wesley  CB Arkansas-Pine Bluff
5 137 Randy Fasani  QB Stanford
5 145 Kyle Johnson  FB Syracuse
6 174 Keith Heinrich  TE Sam Houston State
7 213 Pete Campion  G North Dakota State
7 258 Brad Franklin  CB Louisiana-Lafayette
      Made roster    +   Pro Football Hall of Fame    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

Personnel

Staff

[1]

Roster

Regular season

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result TV Time (ET) Record Venue Attendance
1 September 8, 2002 Baltimore Ravens W 10-7 CBS 1:00 pm 1-0 Ericsson Stadium 70,386
2 September 15, 2002 Detroit Lions W 31-7 FOX 1:00 pm 2-0 Ericsson Stadium 71,951
3 September 22, 2002 at Minnesota Vikings W 21-14 FOX 1:00 pm 3-0 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 63,945
4 September 29, 2002 at Green Bay Packers L 14-17 FOX 1:00 pm 3-1 Lambeau Field 63,329
5 October 6, 2002 Arizona Cardinals L 13-16 FOX 1:00 pm 3-2 Ericsson Stadium 72,286
6 October 13, 2002 at Dallas Cowboys L 13-14 FOX 1:00 pm 3-3 Texas Stadium 61,773
7 October 20, 2002 at Atlanta Falcons L 0-30 FOX 1:00 pm 3-4 Georgia Dome 68,056
8 October 27, 2002 Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 9-12 FOX 1:00 pm 3-5 Ericsson Stadium 72,892
9 Bye
10 November 10, 2002 New Orleans Saints L 24-34 FOX 1:00 pm 3-6 Ericsson Stadium 72,566
11 November 17, 2002 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 10-23 FOX 4:05 pm 3-7 Raymond James Stadium 65,527
12 November 24, 2002 Atlanta Falcons L 0-41 FOX 1:00 pm 3-8 Ericsson Stadium 72,533
13 December 1, 2002 at Cleveland Browns W 13-6 FOX 1:00 pm 4-8 Cleveland Browns Stadium 72,718
14 December 8, 2002 Cincinnati Bengals W 52-31 CBS 1:00 pm 5-8 Ericsson Stadium 66,799
15 December 15, 2002 at Pittsburgh Steelers L 14-30 FOX 1:00 pm 5-9 Heinz Field 58,586
16 December 22, 2002 Chicago Bears W 24-14 FOX 1:00 pm 6-9 Ericsson Stadium 72,602
17 December 29, 2002 at New Orleans Saints W 10-6 FOX 1:00 pm 7-9 Louisiana Superdome 66,946

Game summaries

Week 2: vs. Detroit Lions

Week 4: at Green Bay Packers

Week 16: vs. Chicago Bears

Standings

NFC South
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(2)Tampa Bay Buccaneers 12 4 0 .750 4-2 9-3 346 196 W1
(6)Atlanta Falcons 9 6 1 .594 4-2 7-5 402 314 L1
New Orleans Saints 9 7 0 .563 3-3 7-5 432 388 L3
Carolina Panthers 7 9 0 .438 1-5 4-8 258 302 W2

References

  1. ^ "Assistant Coaches". Panthers.com. Archived from the original on January 15, 2013. Retrieved 2014.

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