2003 Arizona Cardinals season
OwnerBill Bidwill
General managerRod Graves
Head coachDave McGinnis
Home fieldSun Devil Stadium
Results
Record4–12
Division place4th NFC West
Playoff finishDid not qualify
Pro BowlersWR Anquan Boldin

The 2003 Arizona Cardinals season was the franchise's 105th season, 84th season in the National Football League and the 16th in Arizona. The team was unable to improve upon their previous output of 5–11, instead winning only four games,[1] although this was not considered a disaster as before their win over the Packers there was talk the 2003 Cardinals would become the first NFL team to go 0–16.[2] For the fifth consecutive season, the franchise failed to reach the playoffs, and based on point differential had the worst record in the only NFL season where every team won at least four games.[3] This resulted in the Cardinals firing head coach Dave McGinnis and replacing him with Dennis Green. In his NFL debut, Anquan Boldin had 217 receiving yards.[4]

Offseason

Draft

Main article: 2003 NFL Draft

2003 Arizona Cardinals draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 17 Bryant Johnson  WR Penn State
1 18 Calvin Pace  DE Wake Forest
2 54 Anquan Boldin *  WR Florida State
3 70 Gerald Hayes  LB Pittsburgh
5 141 Kenny King  DE Alabama
6 177 Reggie Wells  G Clarion
6 210 Tony Gilbert  LB Georgia
      Made roster    †   Pro Football Hall of Fame    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

Personnel

Staff

2003 Arizona Cardinals staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

  • Special teams – Hank Kuhlmann
  • Special teams assistant/def. quality control – Stan Kwan

Strength and conditioning

  • Strength and conditioning – Bob Rogucki

Roster

2003 Arizona Cardinals 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
53 active, 12 inactive, 4 practice squad

Regular season

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result Record Venue Attendance
1 September 7 at Detroit Lions L 24–42 0–1 Ford Field 60,691
2 September 14 Seattle Seahawks L 0–38 0–2 Sun Devil Stadium 23,127
3 September 21 Green Bay Packers W 20–13 1–2 Sun Devil Stadium 58,784
4 September 28 at St. Louis Rams L 13–37 1–3 Edward Jones Dome 65,758
5 October 5 at Dallas Cowboys L 7–24 1–4 Texas Stadium 63,601
6 October 12 Baltimore Ravens L 18–26 1–5 Sun Devil Stadium 24,193
7 Bye
8 October 26 San Francisco 49ers W 16–13 (OT) 2–5 Sun Devil Stadium 40,824
9 November 2 Cincinnati Bengals W 17–14 3–5 Sun Devil Stadium 23,531
10 November 9 at Pittsburgh Steelers L 15–28 3–6 Heinz Field 59,520
11 November 16 at Cleveland Browns L 6–44 3–7 Cleveland Browns Stadium 72,908
12 November 23 St. Louis Rams L 27–30 (OT) 3–8 Sun Devil Stadium 42,089
13 November 30 at Chicago Bears L 3–28 3–9 Soldier Field 61,550
14 December 7 at San Francisco 49ers L 14–50 3–10 Candlestick Park 66,975
15 December 14 Carolina Panthers L 17–20 3–11 Sun Devil Stadium 23,217
16 December 21 at Seattle Seahawks L 10–28 3–12 Seahawks Stadium 64,899
17 December 28 Minnesota Vikings W 18–17 4–12 Sun Devil Stadium 52,734

Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.

Game summaries

Week 2

Week Two: Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals – Game summary
Period 1 2 34Total
Seahawks 7 17 7738
Cardinals 0 0 000

at Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe, Arizona

  • Date: September 14
  • Game time: 1:06pm local
  • Game weather: 98 °F (37 °C), 14% humidity, wind E 7 miles per hour (11 km/h)
  • Game attendance: 23,127
  • Referee: Ron Blum
  • TV announcers (Fox): Curt Menefee, Tim Green & Kevin McCabe
  • Gamecenter, Gamebook
Game information

Week 17

Week 17: Minnesota Vikings at Arizona Cardinals – Game summary
Period 1 2 34Total
Vikings 0 0 71017
Cardinals 3 3 01218

at Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe, Arizona

Game information

The Cardinals overcame an 11-point deficit late in the fourth quarter to knock the Vikings out of a playoff berth.

Standings

NFC West
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(2) St. Louis Rams 12 4 0 .750 4–2 8–4 447 328 L1
(5) Seattle Seahawks 10 6 0 .625 5–1 8–4 404 327 W2
San Francisco 49ers 7 9 0 .438 2–4 6–6 384 337 L1
Arizona Cardinals 4 12 0 .250 1–5 3–9 225 452 W1

Awards and honors

References

  1. ^ 2003 Arizona Cardinals
  2. ^ Bouchette, Ed; “NFC Notebook: Cardinals primed for 0–16?” in Post-Gazette Sports Writer; September 21, 2003
  3. ^ See 2011 NFL Record and Fact Book; pp. 367–392 ISBN 1603208879
  4. ^ a b Sports Illustrated, October 27, 2008, p. 24, Vol. 109, No. 16