2002 St. Louis Rams Season
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2002 St. Louis Rams Season
2002 St. Louis Rams season
OwnerGeorgia Frontiere
Head coachMike Martz
Home fieldEdward Jones Dome
Division place2nd NFC West
Playoff finishDid not qualify
Pro BowlersRB Marshall Faulk
T Orlando Pace

The 2002 season was the St. Louis Rams' 65th in the National Football League, their eighth in St. Louis and their third under head coach Mike Martz.

Fresh off their trip from Super Bowl XXXVI which ended with a loss to the 11-5 Patriots,[1] the Rams collapsed and missed the playoffs for the first time since 1998, losing their first five games.

The season saw the emergence of new quarterback Marc Bulger, who filled in for an injured Kurt Warner and Jamie Martin. The Rams won six straight games where Bulger started and finished, but his season ended in Week 16 at Seattle.

However, the Rams did end the season on a high note with a 31-20 victory at home against the 49ers in Week 17 and they finished the season with a 7-9 record.


The years leading up to the 2002 season had the making of a roller coaster dynasty. It all began in the offseason before the 1999 season.[2] They were able to trade for Marshall Faulk who was arguably the best running back of the time. They signed a franchise quarterback, Trent Green, who knew how to lead a team. They drafted a young wide receiver prospect, Torry Holt, and just like that their offense is completely new. Fast forward to the preseason when Green experienced a season-ending injury and all the fans thought the season was over. In comes 27 year-old Kurt Warner, who nobody knew about and who has barely played in the NFL.


Additions Subtractions
FS Chad Cota (Colts) LB Brian Allen (Panthers)
FB Chris Hetherington (Panthers) S Rich Coady (Titans)
WR Terrence Wilkins (Colts) LB Mark Fields (Panthers)
LB Jamie Duncan (Buccaneers) LB London Fletcher (Bills)
WR Troy Edwards (Steelers) WR Az-Zahir Hakim (Lions)
P Mitch Berger (Vikings) RB Robert Holcombe (Titans)
TE/LS Jeff Robinson (Cowboys)
T Ryan Tucker (Browns)

2002 Expansion Draft

St. Louis Rams selected during the Expansion Draft
Round Overall Name Position Expansion Team
---- 18 Brian Allen Linebacker Houston Texans


2002 St. Louis Rams draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 31 Robert Thomas  LB UCLA
2 64 Travis Fisher  CB Central Florida
3 84 Lamar Gordon  RB North Dakota State
3 95 Eric Crouch  WR Nebraska
4 130 Travis Scott  G Arizona St
5 167 Courtland Bullard  LB Ohio St
6 205 Steve Bellisari  QB Ohio St
7 243 Chris Massey  FB Marshall
      Made roster    +   Pro Football Hall of Fame    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career


Regular season


Week Date Opponent Result Record TV Time Attendance
1 September 8, 2002 at Denver Broncos L 16-23 0-1 FOX 3:15pm
2 September 15, 2002 New York Giants L 21-26 0-2 FOX 3:05pm
3 September 23, 2002 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 14-26 0-3 ABC 8:00pm
4 September 29, 2002 Dallas Cowboys L 10-13 0-4 FOX 12:00pm
5 October 6, 2002 at San Francisco 49ers L 13-37 0-5 FOX 3:15pm
6 October 13, 2002 Oakland Raiders W 28-13 1-5 CBS 3:15pm
7 October 20, 2002 Seattle Seahawks W 37-20 2-5 FOX 12:00pm
8 Bye
9 November 3, 2002 at Arizona Cardinals W 27-14 3-5 FOX 3:05pm
10 November 10, 2002 San Diego Chargers W 28-24 4-5 CBS 12:00pm
11 November 18, 2002 Chicago Bears W 21-16 5-5 ABC 8:00pm
12 November 24, 2002 at Washington Redskins L 17-20 5-6 FOX 12:00pm
13 December 1, 2002 at Philadelphia Eagles L 3-10 5-7 FOX 3:15pm
14 December 8, 2002 at Kansas City Chiefs L 10-49 5-8 FOX 12:00pm
15 December 15, 2002 Arizona Cardinals W 30-28 6-8 ESPN 7:30pm
16 December 22, 2002 at Seattle Seahawks L 10-30 6-9 FOX 3:05pm
17 December 30, 2002 San Francisco 49ers W 31-20 7-9 ABC 8:00pm

Game Summaries

Week 11: vs. Chicago Bears

Notable facts

This season marked the decline of Kurt Warner and the end of "The Greatest Show On Turf". This also marked the first season where the Rams did not make the playoffs under Mike Martz.

Star running back Marshall Faulk started in just 10 games due to ankle injury he suffered against San Diego. This weakened the Rams' running game and he finished the season with just 953 yards rushing, his lowest since 1996, where he rushed for 587 yards. At that time, he was a member of the Indianapolis Colts. His 953 rushing yards this season ended his streak of five straight 1,000 yard rushing seasons. Despite a down year, Faulk was still voted to play in the Pro Bowl after the season for the seventh and final time in his Hall of Fame career.

For the season, the team changed their uniforms, removing the side panels on the jersey.


NFC West
(4) San Francisco 49ers 10 6 0 .625 5-1 8-4 367 351 L1
St. Louis Rams 7 9 0 .438 4-2 5-7 316 369 W1
Seattle Seahawks 7 9 0 .438 2-4 5-7 355 369 W3
Arizona Cardinals 5 11 0 .313 1-5 5-7 262 417 L3

h St. Louis finished ahead of Seattle in the NFC West based on better division record (4-2 to 2-4).


  1. ^ Martin, Jill. '2002: When the Patriots Were a Cinderella Team.'; Cable News Network, January 24, 2019
  2. ^ Bryn Swartz (October 3, 2017). "The Greatest Show On Turf: The Dynasty That Never Was". Bleacher Report.

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