2002 Cincinnati Bengals Season
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2002 Cincinnati Bengals Season

2002 Cincinnati Bengals season
Head coachDick LeBeau
Home fieldPaul Brown Stadium
Results
Record2-14
Division place4th AFC North
Playoff finishDid not qualify
Pro BowlersFB Lorenzo Neal

The 2002 Cincinnati Bengals season was the franchise's 33rd season in the National Football League, the 35th overall, and the second and final full season under head coach Dick LeBeau. With a record of 2-14, however, they were the worst team in football in 2002. The team's struggles continued as they lost their first seven contests losing by an average of 19 points in each game. The Bengals would finally garner their first victory Week 8 by soundly defeating the expansion Houston Texans on the road 38-3. The winning would not last long, however, as the Bengals lost their next six games to fall to 1-13, this lethargic result was later matched by the 2019 team, which also finished at 2-14.

In their final game at home, the Bengals would stun the New Orleans Saints 20-13 to earn their second win on the season, but there would be no saving the Bengals from setting a new franchise record for losses as they finished the season with a 27-9 loss to the Buffalo Bills on the road to finish with a league-worst 2-14 record. This resulted in the Bengals owner Mike Brown firing head coach Dick LeBeau and replacing him with Washington's defensive coordinator Marvin Lewis.

By being the worst team in 2002, they earned the first pick in the 2003 NFL Draft, which they would use to draft Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Carson Palmer out of USC, and releasing embattled quarterback Akili Smith.[1]

Offseason

Additions Subtractions
QB Gus Frerotte (Broncos) TE Tony McGee (Cowboys)
WR Michael Westbrook (Redskins) WR Darnay Scott (Cowboys)
CB Jeff Burris (Colts) FS Chris Carter (Texans)

NFL Draft

2002 Cincinnati Bengals draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 10 Levi Jones  Offensive tackle Arizona State
2 41 Lamont Thompson  Safety Washington State
3 67 Matt Schobel  Tight end TCU
4 109 Travis Dorsch  Punter Purdue
6 181 Marquand Manuel  Safety Florida
7 219 Joey Evans  Defensive end North Carolina
      Made roster  

[2]

Undrafted free agents

2002 Undrafted Free Agents of note
Player Position College
Dwayne Levels Linebacker Oklahoma State
Reggie Myles Defensive back Alabama
Thatcher Szalay Center Montana

Personnel

Roster

Regular season

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result Record Attendance
1 September 8, 2002 San Diego Chargers L 34-6 0-1 53,705
2 September 15, 2002 at Cleveland Browns L 20-7 0-2 73,358
3 September 22, 2002 at Atlanta Falcons L 30-3 0-3 68,129
4 September 29, 2002 Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 35-7 0-4 57,234
5 October 6, 2002 at Indianapolis Colts L 28-21 0-5 56,570
6 October 13, 2002 Pittsburgh Steelers L 34-7 0-6 63,900
7 Bye
8 October 27, 2002 Tennessee Titans L 30-24 0-7 52,822
9 November 3, 2002 at Houston Texans W 38-3 1-7 69,827
10 November 10, 2002 at Baltimore Ravens L 38-27 1-8 69,024
11 November 17, 2002 Cleveland Browns L 27-20 1-9 64,060
12 November 24, 2002 at Pittsburgh Steelers L 29-21 1-10 60,473
13 December 1, 2002 Baltimore Ravens L 27-23 1-11 44,878
14 December 8, 2002 at Carolina Panthers L 52-31 1-12 66,799
15 December 15, 2002 Jacksonville Jaguars L 29-15 1-13 42,092
16 December 22, 2002 New Orleans Saints W 20-13 2-13 43,544
17 December 29, 2002 at Buffalo Bills L 27-9 2-14 47,850

Game summaries

Standings

AFC North
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(3)Pittsburgh Steelers 10 5 1 .656 6-0 8-4 390 345 W3
(6)Cleveland Browns 9 7 0 .563 3-3 7-5 344 320 W2
Baltimore Ravens 7 9 0 .438 3-3 7-5 316 354 L2
Cincinnati Bengals 2 14 0 .125 0-6 1-11 279 456 L1

Team leaders

Passing

Player Att Comp Yds TD INT Rating
Jon Kitna 473 294 3178 16 16 79.1

Rushing

Player Att Yds YPC Long TD
Corey Dillon 314 1311 4.2 67 7

Receiving

Player Rec Yds Avg Long TD
Chad Johnson 69 1166 16.9 72 5
Peter Warrick 53 606 11.4 37 6

Defensive

Player Tackles Sacks INTs FF FR
Takeo Spikes 171 1.5 0 2 4
Justin Smith 67 6.5 0 1 0
Artrell Hawkins 92 2.0 2 1 2
Kevin Kaesviharn 62 0.0 2 1 0

Kicking and punting

Player FGA FGM FG% XPA XPM XP% Points
Neil Rackers 18 15 83.3% 32 30 93.8% 75
Player Punts Yards Long Blkd Avg.
Nick Harris 65 2608 57 1 40.1

Special teams

Player KR KRYards KRAvg KRLong KRTD PR PRYards PRAvg PRLong PRTD
Brandon Bennett 49 1231 25.1 94 0 0 0 0.0 0 0
T. J. Houshmandzadeh 13 288 22.2 44 0 24 117 4.9 34 0

Awards and records

Pro Bowl Selections

Milestones

References

  1. ^ Season statistics and summary at Sports E-Cyclopedia
  2. ^ "2002 Cincinnati Bengals draftees". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2014.
  3. ^ Corey Dilon, RB at NFL

External links


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