2002 Chicago Bears Season
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2002 Chicago Bears Season
2002 Chicago Bears season
OwnerThe McCaskey Family
Head coachDick Jauron
General managerJerry Angelo
Home fieldMemorial Stadium
(Champaign, Illinois)
Division place3rd NFC North
Playoff finishDid not qualify
Pro BowlersMarty Booker
Olin Kreutz
Brian Urlacher[1]
AP All-ProsLB Brian Urlacher (1st team)

The 2002 season was the Chicago Bears' 83rd in the National Football League and their fourth under head coach Dick Jauron.

The team had hopes of returning to the playoffs after an unexpected 13-3 season the previous year, However, the team failed to improve on that record and finished with a 4-12 record and missed the postseason for the second time in three years. The Bears had problems on both sides of the ball, finishing 27th in the league in points scored and 23rd in points allowed.[1] The Bears began the season 2-0, but things quickly fell apart as the team fell into an eight-game losing streak, including a loss at home to the New England Patriots where, despite having a 27-6 lead at some point, the Patriots came back and won the game late in the fourth quarter. After this, the Bears never recovered, finishing 4-12 and in third place in their division, the newly aligned NFC North.

Because Soldier Field was being rebuilt, the Bears were forced to play all of their home games Downstate in Champaign, at Memorial Stadium on the campus of the University of Illinois.[2] The Bears never seemed to get used to their new home field, and injuries piled up as the season went on for both offense and defense. Starting QB Jim Miller was injured throughout the year, leaving the team no choice but to use backup Chris Chandler and rookie third-string QB Henry Burris for both spot relief and as starters. 2001 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Anthony Thomas suffered a broken right index finger in Week 15 against the Green Bay Packers.[3] These injuries and the league's 23rd worst turnover differential contributed to the team's franchise record-tying eight-game losing streak and their poor record.[4]


Signings Departures
QB Chris Chandler (Falcons) QB Shane Matthews (Redskins)
DB Damon Moore (Eagles) RB James Allen (Texans)
LB Mike Caldwell (Eagles) WR D'Wayne Bates (Vikings)
DT Christian Peter (Colts) T Blake Brockermeyer (Broncos)
CB Walt Harris (Colts)
FS Tony Parrish (49ers)

2002 Expansion Draft

Chicago Bears selected during the Expansion Draft
Round Overall Name Position Expansion Team
-- 17 Danny Wuerffel Quarterback Houston Texans



Undrafted free agents

2002 Undrafted Free Agents of note
Player Position College
Luke Butkus Center Illinois
Travis Coleman Defensive back Hampton
Eric McCoo Running back Penn State
Edell Shepherd Wide receiver San Jose State

Training camp

2002 marked the first Bears Training Camp at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Illinois, after practicing at University of Wisconsin-Platteville from 1984 to 2001. Other candidates in the selection process included universities like Eastern Illinois in Charleston, Illinois State in Normal, Millikin in Decatur, Northern Illinois in DeKalb, Southern Illinois Carbondale and Edwardsville, and Urbana-Champaign; smaller schools like Knox College in Galesburg, Monmouth College in Monmouth, and Rockford College in Rockford; and the Chanute Air Force Base near Rantoul, where the Illinois Fighting Illini held their offseason camps.[6]

The list was eventually narrowed to Eastern Illinois, Millikin, Northern Illinois, and Olivet Nazarene. On July 17, 2001, the Bears announced Olivet Nazarene as the new Training Camp site on a two-year deal.[7]




Week Date Opponent Result Record Venue NFL.com
1 August 10 Denver Broncos L 3-27 0-1 Memorial Stadium Summary
2 August 16 St. Louis Rams W 19-17 1-1 Edward Jones Dome Summary
3 August 23 Jacksonville Jaguars L 16-24 1-2 Memorial Stadium Summary
4 August 29 Miami Dolphins L 22-24 1-3 Pro Player Stadium Summary

Regular season


Week Date Opponent Result Record Venue NFL.com
1 September 8 Minnesota Vikings W 27-23 1-0 Memorial Stadium Summary
2 September 15 at Atlanta Falcons W 14-13 2-0 Georgia Dome Summary
3 September 22 New Orleans Saints L 23-29 2-1 Memorial Stadium Summary
4 September 29 at Buffalo Bills L 27-33 2-2 Ralph Wilson Stadium Summary
5 October 7 Green Bay Packers L 21 - 34 2-3 Memorial Stadium Summary
6 Bye
7 October 20 at Detroit Lions L 20-23 2-4 Ford Field Summary
8 October 27 at Minnesota Vikings L 7-25 2-5 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome Summary
9 November 3 Philadelphia Eagles L 13-19 2-6 Memorial Stadium Summary
10 November 10 New England Patriots L 30-33 2-7 Memorial Stadium Summary
11 November 18 at St. Louis Rams L 16-21 2-8 Edward Jones Dome Summary
12 November 24 Detroit Lions W 20-17 3-8 Memorial Stadium Summary
13 December 1 at Green Bay Packers L 20-30 3-9 Lambeau Field Summary
14 December 9 at Miami Dolphins L 9-27 3-10 Pro Player Stadium Summary
15 December 15 New York Jets W 20-13 4-10 Memorial Stadium Summary
16 December 22 at Carolina Panthers L 14-24 4-11 Ericsson Stadium Summary
17 December 29 Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 0-15 4-12 Memorial Stadium Summary

Game Summaries

Week 1: vs. Minnesota Vikings

Week 2: at Atlanta Falcons

Week 3: vs. New Orleans Saints

Week 4: at Buffalo Bills

Week 5: vs. Green Bay Packers

Week 7: at Detroit Lions

Week 8: at Minnesota Vikings

Week 9: vs. Philadelphia Eagles

Week 10: vs. New England Patriots

Week 11: at St. Louis Rams

Week 12: vs. Detroit Lions

Week 13: at Green Bay Packers

Week 14: at Miami Dolphins

Week 15: vs. New York Jets

Week 16: at Carolina Panthers

Week 17: Tampa Bay Buccaneers


NFC North
(3)Green Bay Packers 12 4 0 .750 5-1 9-3 398 328 L1
Minnesota Vikings 6 10 0 .375 4-2 5-7 390 442 W3
Chicago Bears 4 12 0 .250 2-4 3-9 281 379 L2
Detroit Lions 3 13 0 .188 1-5 3-9 306 451 L8


  1. ^ a b "2002 Chicago Bears Statistics and Players". Pro Football Reference. Archived from the original on May 14, 2009. Retrieved 2009.
  2. ^ "2002 Chicago Bears". Chicago Bears History. Archived from the original on 26 March 2009. Retrieved 2009.
  3. ^ "Chicago Bears vs. Green Bay Packers - Recap - December 01, 2002". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2009.
  4. ^ "Chicago Bears vs. Detroit Lions - Recap - October 20, 2002". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2009.
  5. ^ "2002 NFL Draft". NFL.com. Archived from the original on January 4, 2007. Retrieved 2007.
  6. ^ Isaacson, Melissa (May 4, 2001). "The state of camp-site wooing". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2018.Free to read
  7. ^ "Bears choose Olivet Nazarene in Bourbonnais as new training camp location". The Pantagraph. Associated Press. July 17, 2001. Retrieved 2018.Free to read

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