2002 Houston Texans season

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2002 Houston Texans season
Head coach Dom Capers
Home field Reliant Stadium
Results
Record 4–12
Division place 4th AFC South
Playoff finish did not qualify
Timeline
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The 2002 Houston Texans season was the franchise's inaugural season and the city of Houston's first NFL season since the Houston Oilers left in 1997 to move to Tennessee to become the Titans. The Divisional Realignment also placed the Texans and Titans in the same division.

The Texans won their first-ever season game against the Dallas Cowboys 19–10 on Sunday Night Football. They were the first to do this since the 1961 Minnesota Vikings, although the Vikings had a 37–13 victory in their inaugural game. Head coach Dom Capers, who previously coached the expansion Carolina Panthers when they debuted in 1995, led the Texans to a 4–12 record (which was superior to the 1961 Vikings' 3–11 record) behind the play of #1 draft pick and quarterback David Carr.

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.[1] FO also stated that the 2002 Texans had the worst offense[2] and third-worst run offense[2][3] they have ever tracked.

Draft Selections[edit]

2002 Expansion Draft[edit]

Round Player Position Team
1 Tony Boselli Offensive tackle Jacksonville Jaguars
2 Ryan Young Offensive tackle New York Jets
3 Aaron Glenn Cornerback New York Jets
4 Gary Walker Defensive tackle Jacksonville Jaguars
5 Jamie Sharper Linebacker Baltimore Ravens
6 Jermaine Lewis Wide Receiver Baltimore Ravens
7 Marcus Coleman Defensive back New York Jets
8 Seth Payne Defensive tackle Jacksonville Jaguars
9 Matt Campbell Offensive guard Washington Redskins
10 Matt Stevens Safety New England Patriots
11 Jeremy McKinney Offensive guard Cleveland Browns
12 Ryan Schau Offensive guard Cleveland Browns
13 Charlie Rogers Running back Seattle Seahawks
14 Sean McDermott Tight end Tampa Bay Buccaneers
15 Jabari Issa Defensive end Arizona Cardinals
16 Avion Black Wide receiver Buffalo Bills
17 Danny Wuerffel Quarterback Chicago Bears
18 Brian Allen Linebacker St. Louis Rams
19 Johnny Huggins Tight end Dallas Cowboys

2002 NFL Draft[edit]

Round/Pick Player Position College
1/1 David Carr Quarterback Fresno State
2/33 Jabar Gaffney Wide receiver Florida
2/50 Chester Pitts Guard 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

Personnel[edit]

Staff[edit]

2002 Houston Texans staff
Front Office

Head Coaches

Offensive Coaches

 

Defensive Coaches

Special Teams

  • Special Teams Coordinator – Joe Marciano
  • Assistant Special Teams – Eric Sutulovich

Strength and Conditioning

  • Strength and Conditioning – Dan Riley
  • Assistant Strength and Conditioning – Ray Wright

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Preseason[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Game site Record Attendance
HOF August 5, 2002 at New York Giants L 34–17 Fawcett Stadium 0–1 22,461
1 August 10, 2002 at New Orleans Saints W 13–10 Louisiana Superdome 1–1 67,356
2 August 17, 2002 at Kansas City Chiefs L 19–9 Arrowhead Stadium 1–2 73,506
3 August 24, 2002 Miami Dolphins L 24–3 Reliant Stadium 1–3 69,432
4 August 30, 2002 Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 17–13 Reliant Stadium 1–4 68,371

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Game site Record Attendance
1 September 8, 2002 Dallas Cowboys W 19–10 Reliant Stadium 1–0 69,604
2 September 15, 2002 at San Diego Chargers L 24–3 Qualcomm Stadium 1–1 56,098
3 September 22, 2002 Indianapolis Colts L 23–3 Reliant Stadium 1–2 69,204
4 September 29, 2002 at Philadelphia Eagles L 35–17 Veterans Stadium 1–3 64,867
5 Bye
6 October 13, 2002 Buffalo Bills L 31–24 Reliant Stadium 1–4 70,120
7 October 20, 2002 at Cleveland Browns L 34–17 Cleveland Browns Stadium 1–5 73,248
8 October 27, 2002 at Jacksonville Jaguars W 21–19 ALLTEL Stadium 2–5 53,721
9 November 3, 2002 Cincinnati Bengals L 38–3 Reliant Stadium 2–6 69,827
10 November 10, 2002 at Tennessee Titans L 17–10 LP Field 2–7 68,804
11 November 17, 2002 Jacksonville Jaguars L 24–21 Reliant Stadium 2–8 69,711
12 November 24, 2002 New York Giants W 16–14 Reliant Stadium 3–8 70,054
13 December 1, 2002 at Indianapolis Colts L 19–3 RCA Dome 3–9 56,820
14 December 8, 2002 at Pittsburgh Steelers W 24–6 Heinz Field 4–9 58,551
15 December 15, 2002 Baltimore Ravens L 23–19 Reliant Stadium 4–10 70,108
16 December 22, 2002 at Washington Redskins L 26–10 FedEx Field 4–11 70,291
17 December 29, 2002 Tennessee Titans L 13–3 Reliant Stadium 4–12 70,694

Standings[edit]

x - clinched playoff berth y - clinched division z - clinched homefield advantage * - clinched first-round bye

AFC South
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
y (2) Tennessee Titans 11 5 0 .688 6–0 9–3 367 324 W5
x (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

References[edit]

  1. ^ -41.6 DVOA, Football Outsiders: 2002 TEAM EFFICIENCY RATINGS
  2. ^ a b Football Outsiders – DVOA 7.0: Worst Teams Ever, from 1991–2011
  3. ^ Better than only the 1991 Colts and 2005 Cardinals rushing teams, according to FO
  4. ^ "All-Time Coaches Roster". HoustonTexans.com. Retrieved 2010-03-01. [dead link]