2002 Houston Texans Season
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2002 Houston Texans Season
2002 Houston Texans season
Texans inaugural season patch.png
OwnerBob McNair
Head coachDom Capers
General managerCharley Casserly
Home fieldReliant Stadium
Division place4th AFC South
Playoff finishDid not qualify
Pro Bowlers

The 2002 season was the Houston Texans' debut season in the National Football League and the first NFL season for the city of Houston since the Oilers moved to Tennessee to become the Titans in 1997. Their coaching staff was headed by Dom Capers, who previously coached the expansion Carolina Panthers when they debuted in 1995. The divisional realignment also placed the Texans and Titans in the same division.

The Texans won their inaugural regular season game against the Dallas Cowboys 19-10 on Sunday Night Football. They were the first to do this since the 1961 Minnesota Vikings won their inaugural game. The Texans finished their debut season with a 4-12 record.

Football returns to Houston

In June 1997, Bob McNair and Chuck Watson's plans for a National Hockey League expansion team fell apart due to the lack of an arena in the Houston area. Afterward, the Houston Oilers moved to Nashville to become the Tennessee Titans. The discussion eventually began to create a new NFL expansion team, with the 31st being awarded to the reformed Cleveland Browns. Houston and Los Angeles were the two finalists, and on October 6, 1999, the league's owners voted unanimously to award Houston the 32nd franchise. In 2000, the new team, tentatively known as "Houston NFL 2002", decided on five potential team names: Apollos, Bobcats, Stallions, Texans and Wildcatters. This shortlist was eventually reduced to Apollos, Stallions and Texans. On September 6, the team name was officially revealed as the Houston Texans.[1]

On January 19, 2000, the team hired former Washington Redskins general manager Charley Casserly to serve in the same position.[1] In the search for a head coach, Miami coach Butch Davis was involved in discussions with McNair, but elected to stay with the university.[2] In January 2001, the Texans hired Jacksonville Jaguars defensive coordinator Dom Capers as head coach; Capers had previously worked with the expansion Carolina Panthers as their HC.[3] On January 20, Indianapolis Colts defensive coordinator Vic Fangio joined the staff in the same role,[4] followed by former Cleveland Browns head coach Chris Palmer as offensive coordinator on February 3.[5]


Free agency

On November 5, 2001, the Texans held workouts for defensive backs at the Reliant Astrodome. On December 29, the team signed ten players: running back Michael Basnight, safety Leomont Evans, tackles Robert Hicks and Jerry Wisne, defensive tackle Jason Nikolao, quarterback Mike Quinn, fullback Matt Snider, cornerback Jason Suttle, linebacker Casey Tisdale and safety Kevin Williams. On March 6, 2002, Colts offensive lineman Steve McKinney became the first unrestricted free agent to be signed by the Texans.[1][6]

Expansion draft

To fill the Texans roster, the NFL held an expansion draft on February 18. The team was permitted to select 42 players from the other 31 teams, each of which allowed five players to be drafted. Houston were required to select 30 players or spend 38 percent ($27.24 million) of the $71.7 million salary cap.[7]

The first player that the Texans selected was Jacksonville Jaguars offensive tackle Tony Boselli; however, the five-time Pro Bowler had been suffering from shoulder injuries during the 2001 season and never played a snap for the Texans.[8] Houston also selected 18 more players.

On February 26, quarterback Danny Wuerffel was traded to the Washington Redskins for defensive tackle Jerry DeLoach. The Texans had intended to draft DeLoach, but the Redskins replaced him with Matt Campbell.[9]

NFL draft

2002 Houston Texans draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 1 David Carr  Quarterback Fresno State
2 33 Jabar Gaffney  Wide receiver Florida
2 50 Chester Pitts  Offensive tackle San Diego State
3 66 Fred Weary  Guard Tennessee
3 83 Charles Hill  Defensive tackle Maryland
4 99 Jonathan Wells  Running back Ohio State
5 136 Jarrod Baxter  Fullback New Mexico
5 153 Ramon Walker  Safety Pittsburgh
6 173 Demarcus Faggins  Cornerback Kansas State
6 190 Howard Green  Defensive tackle LSU
7 229 Greg White  Defensive end Minnesota
7 261 Ahmad Miller  Defensive tackle UNLV
      Made roster  


Undrafted free agents

2002 Undrafted Free Agents of note
Player Position College
Atnaf Harris Wide receiver Cal State Northridge
Joey Knapp Tight end UTEP
John Minardi Wide receiver Colorado
Jimmy McClain Linebacker Troy State
Eric Parker Wide receiver Tennessee
Ed Stansbury Running back UCLA




Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
HOF August 5 New York Giants L 17-34 0-1 Fawcett Stadium Recap
1 August 10 at New Orleans Saints W 13-10 1-1 Louisiana Superdome Recap
2 August 17 at Kansas City Chiefs L 9-19 1-2 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
3 August 24 Miami Dolphins L 3 -24 1-3 Reliant Stadium Recap
4 August 30 Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 13-17 1-4 Reliant Stadium Recap

Regular season


Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
1 September 8 Dallas Cowboys W 19-10 1-0 Reliant Stadium Recap
2 September 15 at San Diego Chargers L 3-24 1-1 Qualcomm Stadium Recap
3 September 22 Indianapolis Colts L 3-23 1-2 Reliant Stadium Recap
4 September 29 at Philadelphia Eagles L 17-35 1-3 Veterans Stadium Recap
5 Bye
6 October 13 Buffalo Bills L 24-31 1-4 Reliant Stadium Recap
7 October 20 at Cleveland Browns L 17-34 1-5 Cleveland Browns Stadium Recap
8 October 27 at Jacksonville Jaguars W 21-19 2-5 Alltel Stadium Recap
9 November 3 Cincinnati Bengals L 3-38 2-6 Reliant Stadium Recap
10 November 10 at Tennessee Titans L 10-17 2-7 LP Field Recap
11 November 17 Jacksonville Jaguars L 21-24 2-8 Reliant Stadium Recap
12 November 24 New York Giants W 16-14 3-8 Reliant Stadium Recap
13 December 1 at Indianapolis Colts L 3-19 3-9 RCA Dome Recap
14 December 8 at Pittsburgh Steelers W 24-6 4-9 Heinz Field Recap
15 December 15 Baltimore Ravens L 19-23 4-10 Reliant Stadium Recap
16 December 22 at Washington Redskins L 10-26 4-11 FedExField Recap
17 December 29 Tennessee Titans L 3-13 4-12 Reliant Stadium Recap

Note: Division games are in bold text.

Game summaries

Week 1: vs. Dallas Cowboys

Week 2: at San Diego Chargers

Week 3: vs. Indianapolis Colts

Week 4: at Philadelphia Eagles

Week 6: vs. Buffalo Bills

Week 7: at Cleveland Browns

Week 8: at Jacksonville Jaguars

Week 9: vs. Cincinnati Bengals

Week 10: at Tennessee Titans

Week 11: vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

Week 12: vs. New York Giants

Week 13: at Indianapolis Colts

Week 14: at Pittsburgh Steelers

The Texans had one of the worst offensive performances ever in an NFL game, only having 47 total yards of offense while the Steelers had 422 yards. The Texans' defense forced five turnovers and scored three touchdowns. Pittsburgh quarterback Tommy Maddox threw two interceptions, both of which were returned for touchdowns by Houston cornerback Aaron Glenn; Maddox also lost a fumble that was recovered by Texans cornerback Kenny Wright for a touchdown.[11]

Week 15: vs. Baltimore Ravens

Week 16: at Washington Redskins

Week 17: vs. Tennessee Titans


AFC South
(2)Tennessee Titans 11 5 0 .688 6-0 9-3 367 324 W5
(5)Indianapolis Colts 10 6 0 .625 4-2 8-4 349 313 W1
Jacksonville Jaguars 6 10 0 .375 1-5 4-8 328 315 L2
Houston Texans 4 12 0 .250 1-5 2-10 213 356 L3


Despite being in their first season, Football Outsiders calculated that the Texans were, play-for-play, the least successful team in the NFL in 2002.[12]FO also stated that the 2002 Texans had the worst offense and third-worst run offense they have ever tracked.[13]


  1. ^ a b c "Texans Team History". Houston Texans. Retrieved 2016.
  2. ^ "Owner: Texans won't hire coach until 2002". Amarillo Globe-News. Associated Press. January 3, 2001. Retrieved 2016.
  3. ^ "Dom Capers". Green Bay Packers. Archived from the original on May 23, 2013. Retrieved 2016.
  4. ^ "PLUS: PRO FOOTBALL; TEXANS HIRE FANGIO". The New York Times. January 15, 2002. Retrieved 2016.
  5. ^ "Texans hire Palmer". Amarillo Globe-News. Associated Press. February 3, 2001. Retrieved 2016.
  6. ^ "2002 Roster" (PDF). Houston Texans. Archived from the original (PDF) on March 25, 2013. Retrieved 2016.
  7. ^ "Unprotected players for expansion draft". ESPN. February 7, 2002. Retrieved 2016.
  8. ^ "Five-time Pro Bowler Boselli set to retire". ESPN. July 15, 2003. Retrieved 2016.
  9. ^ Pasquarelli, Len (February 26, 2002). "Texans deal Wuerffel to 'Skins in first-ever trade". ESPN. Retrieved 2016.
  10. ^ "2002 Houston Texans draftees". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2014.
  11. ^ "Texans turn to defense for all of their offense". ESPN. December 8, 2002. Retrieved 2020.
  12. ^ -41.6 DVOA, Football Outsiders: 2002 TEAM EFFICIENCY RATINGS
  13. ^ Football Outsiders - DVOA 7.0: Worst Teams Ever, from 1991-2011

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