2002 Detroit Lions Season
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2002 Detroit Lions Season
2002 Detroit Lions season
OwnerWilliam Clay Ford, Sr.
Head coachMarty Mornhinweg
General managerMatt Millen
Home fieldFord Field
Results
Record3-13
Division place4th NFC North
Playoff finishDid not qualify
Pro BowlersNone
Uniform
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The 2002 season was the Detroit Lions' 73rd in the National Football League. It was the Lions' inaugural season at the new Ford Field in Downtown Detroit and their first in the city since the team left Tiger Stadium after the 1974 season. Following the season, Marty Mornhinweg was fired and Steve Mariucci was hired as the Lions' head coach. The Lions entered the 2002 season looking to improve on their 2-14 record from 2001 and make the playoffs for the first time since 1999. They improved on their record, winning 3 games, but continued to disappoint, as the Lions began the season 0-3. By week 9, the Lions had a 3-5 record after a win over the Dallas Cowboys. However, after that win, the Lions lost their remaining 8 games to finish the season 3-13 and failed to reach the playoffs. The Lions also went 0-8 on the road for the second straight season. As a result, Marty Mornhinweg was fired after the season. In his 2 seasons as head coach, the Lions went 5-27 for a winning percentage of .156.

Offseason

Signings Departures
G Ray Brown (49ers) QB Charlie Batch (Steelers)
FS Corey Harris (Ravens) LB Scott Kowalkowski (retirement)
WR Bill Schroeder (Packers) WR Johnnie Morton (Chiefs)
TE Mikhael Ricks (Chiefs) DE Tracy Scroggins (retirement)
TE David Sloan (Saints)

NFL Draft

2002 Detroit Lions draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 3 Joey Harrington  Quarterback Oregon
2 35 Kalimba Edwards  Defensive end South Carolina
3 68 André Goodman  Cornerback South Carolina
4 134 Johnathan Taylor  Defensive end Montana State
5 138 John Owens  Tight end Notre Dame
6 175 Chris Cash  Cornerback USC
7 214 Luke Staley  Running back BYU
7 252 Matt Murphy  Tight end Maryland
7 259 Victor Rogers  Tackle Colorado
      Made roster    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

Undrafted free agents

2002 Undrafted Free Agents of note
Player Position College
Eddie Drummond Wide receiver Penn State
Antwan Lake Defensive tackle West Virginia
James Mungro Running back Syracuse
Kris Ryan Fullback Penn

Personnel

Staff

[1]

Roster

Regular season

In addition to their regular games against NFC North rivals, the Lions under the NFL's new scheduling formula played games against teams from the NFC South and from the AFC East. They also played the Dallas Cowboys and Arizona Cardinals, who had the fourth best records from 2001 of the teams placed in their respective divisions.

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result Record Attendance
1 September 8 at Miami Dolphins L 21-49 0-1 72,216
2 September 15 at Carolina Panthers L 7-31 0-2 71,951
3 September 22 Green Bay Packers L 31-37 0-3 61,505
4 September 29 New Orleans Saints W 26-21 1-3 60,023
5 Bye
6 October 13 at Minnesota Vikings L 24-31 1-4 64,013
7 October 20 Chicago Bears W 23-20 (OT) 2-4 60,421
8 October 27 at Buffalo Bills L 17-24 2-5 72,710
9 November 3 Dallas Cowboys W 9-7 3-5 61,789
10 November 10 at Green Bay Packers L 14-40 3-6 63,313
11 November 17 New York Jets L 14-31 3-7 61,720
12 November 24 at Chicago Bears L 17-20 (OT) 3-8 62,375
13 November 28 New England Patriots L 12-20 3-9 62,109
14 December 8 at Arizona Cardinals L 20-23 (OT) 3-10 28,640
15 December 15 Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 20-23 3-11 61,942
16 December 22 at Atlanta Falcons L 15-36 3-12 69,307
17 December 29 Minnesota Vikings L 36-38 3-13 60,233

Game summaries

Week 1: at Miami Dolphins

Week 2: at Carolina Panthers

Week 3: vs. Green Bay Packers

Week 4: vs. New Orleans Saints

Week 6: at Minnesota Vikings

Week 7: vs. Chicago Bears

Week 8: at Buffalo Bills

Week 9: vs. Dallas Cowboys

Week 10: at Green Bay Packers

Week 11: vs. New York Jets

Week 12: at Chicago Bears

Week 13: vs. New England Patriots

Week 14: at Arizona Cardinals

Week 15: vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Standings

NFC North
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(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

References

  1. ^ "Administration and Coaching Staff". 2002 Detroit Lions Media Guide. pp. 4-28.

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