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

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

Main article: 2002 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

2002 Detroit Lions staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning

  • Strength and Conditioning – Jason Arapoff
  • Assistant Strength and Conditioning – Malcolm Blacken

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Roster

2002 Detroit Lions final roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists


Practice squad


Rookies in italics

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

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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 1: Detroit Lions at Miami Dolphins
1 2 34Total
Lions 0 7 7721
Dolphins 7 21 14749

at Pro Player Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida

  • Date: September 8, 2002
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m.
  • Game weather: Sunny, 87 °F (31 °C)
  • Game attendance: 72,216
  • Referee: Jeff Triplette (42)
  • TV: FOX
  • Recap, Game Book
Game information

Week 2: at Carolina Panthers

Week 2: Detroit Lions at Carolina Panthers
1 2 34Total
Lions 0 0 707
Panthers 0 10 14731

at Ericsson Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina

  • Date: September 15, 2002
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m.
  • Game weather: Cloudy, 72 °F (22 °C)
  • Game attendance: 71,951
  • Referee: Gerald Austin (34)
  • TV: FOX
  • Recap, Game Book
Game information

Week 3: vs. Green Bay Packers

Week 3: Green Bay Packers at Detroit Lions
1 2 34Total
Packers 7 10 14637
Lions 7 10 01431

at Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan

  • Date: September 22, 2002
  • Game time: 4:15 pm
  • Game weather: None (indoor stadium)
  • Game attendance: 61,505
  • Referee: Bill Leavy (127)
  • TV: Fox
  • Recap, Game Book
Game information

Week 4: vs. New Orleans Saints

Week 4: New Orleans Saints at Detroit Lions
1 2 34Total
Saints 0 7 8621
Lions 13 7 3326

at Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan

  • Date: September 29, 2002
  • Game time: 1:03 pm
  • Game weather: None (indoor stadium)
  • Game attendance: 60,023
  • Referee: Ron Winter (14)
  • TV: Fox
  • Recap, Game Book
Game information

Week 6: at Minnesota Vikings

Week 6: Detroit Lions at Minnesota Vikings
1 2 34Total
Lions 14 7 3024
Vikings 3 7 71431

at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, Minneapolis, Minnesota

  • Date: October 13, 2002
  • Game time: 1:00 pm
  • Game weather: None (indoor stadium)
  • Game attendance: 64,013
  • Referee: Larry Nemmers (20)
  • TV: Fox
  • Recap, Game Book
Game information

Week 7: vs. Chicago Bears

Week 7: Chicago Bears at Detroit Lions
1 2 34OTTotal
Bears 0 10 100020
Lions 0 14 33323

at Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan

  • Date: October 10, 2002
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m.
  • Game weather: none (indoor stadium)
  • Game attendance: 60,421
  • Referee: Bernie Kukar (86)
  • TV: FOX
  • Recap, Game Book
Game information

Week 8: at Buffalo Bills

Week 8: Detroit Lions at Buffalo Bills
1 2 34Total
Lions 0 14 0317
Bills 7 7 10024

at Ralph Wilson Stadium, Orchard Park, New York

  • Date: October 27, 2002
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m.
  • Game weather: Cloudy, 47 °F (8 °C)
  • Game attendance: 72,710
  • Referee: Jeff Triplette (42)
  • TV announcers (Fox): Ron Pitts, Tim Green and Bob Trimble
  • Recap, Game Book
Game information

Week 9: vs. Dallas Cowboys

Week 9: Dallas Cowboys at Detroit Lions
1 2 34Total
Cowboys 0 0 077
Lions 0 0 639

at Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan

  • Date: November 3, 2002
  • Game time: 1:00 pm
  • Game weather: None (indoor stadium)
  • Game attendance: 64,013
  • Referee: Walt Coleman (65)
  • TV: Fox
  • Recap, Game Book
Game information

Week 10: at Green Bay Packers

Week 10: Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers
1 2 34Total
Lions 7 0 0714
Packers 3 27 10040

at Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin

  • Date: November 10, 2002
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m.
  • Game weather: Cloudy, 50 °F (10 °C)
  • Game attendance: 63,329
  • Referee: Dick Hantak (105)
  • TV: Fox
  • Recap, Game Book
Game information

Week 11: vs. New York Jets

Week 11: New York Jets at Detroit Lions
1 2 34Total
Jets 7 6 81031
Lions 0 7 7014

at Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan

  • Date: November 17, 2002
  • Game time: 4:15 p.m.
  • Game weather: None (indoor stadium)
  • Game attendance: 61,720
  • Referee: Johnny Grier (23)
  • TV: CBS
  • Recap, Game Book
Game information

Week 12: at Chicago Bears

Week 12: Detroit Lions at Chicago Bears
1 2 34OTTotal
Lions 0 3 140017
Bears 0 7 010320

at Memorial Stadium, Champaign, Illinois

Game information

Week 13: vs. New England Patriots

Week 13: New England Patriots at Detroit Lions
1 2 34Total
Patriots' 10 7 0320
Lions 3 3 3312

at Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan

  • Date: November 28, 2002
  • Game time: 12:30 pm
  • Game weather: None (indoor stadium)
  • Game attendance: 62,109
  • Referee: Larry Nemmers (20)
  • TV: CBS
  • Recap, Game Book
Game information

Week 14: at Arizona Cardinals

Week 14: Detroit Lions at Arizona Cardinals
1 2 34OTTotal
Lions 14 3 30020
Cardinals 7 7 33323

at Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe, Arizona

  • Date: December 8, 2002
  • Game time: 4:05 p.m.
  • Game weather: Sunny, 67 °F (19 °C)
  • Game attendance: 28,640
  • Referee: Gerald Austin (34)
  • TV: FOX
  • Recap, Box Score
Game information

Week 15: vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Week 15: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Detroit Lions
1 2 34Total
Buccaneers 3 10 01023
Lions 0 10 3720

at Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan

  • Date: December 15, 2002
  • Game time: 1:00 pm
  • Game weather: None (indoor stadium)
  • Game attendance: 61,942
  • Referee: Tom White (123)
  • TV: Fox
  • Recap, Game Book
Game information

Week 16: at Atlanta Falcons

Week 16: Detroit Lions at Atlanta Falcons
1 2 34Total
Lions 0 0 01515
Falcons 3 10 61736

at Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia

  • Date: December 22, 2002
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m.
  • Game weather: none (indoor stadium)
  • Game attendance: 69,307
  • Referee: Walt Coleman (65)
  • TV: FOX
  • Recap, Game Book
Game information

Week 17: vs. Minnesota Vikings

Week 17: Minnesota Vikings at Detroit Lions
1 2 34Total
Vikings 14 14 7338
Lions 14 3 71236

at Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan

  • Date: December 29, 2002
  • Game time: 1:00 pm
  • Game weather: None (indoor stadium)
  • Game attendance: 60,223
  • Referee: Bill Carollo (63)
  • TV: Fox
  • Recap, Game Book
Game information

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.