2002 Tennessee Titans season

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2002 Tennessee Titans season
Head coach Jeff Fisher
Home field The Coliseum
Results
Record 11–5
Division place 1st AFC South
Playoff finish Lost Conference Championship
Timeline
Previous season Next season
< 2001 2003 >

The 2002 Tennessee Titans season was the 43rd season overall and 33rd with the league. The team improved upon their previous season's output of 7–9, managing eleven victories.[1] The Titans qualified for the playoffs, but were unable to reach the Super Bowl, instead losing to the Oakland Raiders in the AFC Conference Championship.

Personnel[edit]

Staff[edit]

2002 Tennessee Titans staff
Front Office
  • Founder/Owner/Chairman of the Board/CEO – Bud Adams
  • President/Chief Operating Officer – Jeff Diamond
  • Executive VP/General Manager/Director of Football Operations – Floyd Reese
  • Director of Player Personnel – Rich Snead
  • Director of College Scouting – Mike Ackerley
  • National Coordinator of College Scouting – C. O. Brocato

Head Coaches

Offensive Coaches

  • Offensive Coordinator – Mike Heimerdinger
  • Quarterbacks – Craig Johnson
  • Running Backs – Sherman Smith
  • Wide Receivers – Steve Walters
  • Offensive Line – Mike Munchak
  • Offensive Assistant/Quality Control – Ned James
 

Defensive Coaches

Special Teams Coaches

Strength and Conditioning

  • Strength and Conditioning – Steve Watterson
  • Assistant Strength and Conditioning – Sammy Cribb

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 8, 2002 Philadelphia Eagles W 27–24
68,804
2 September 15, 2002 at Dallas Cowboys L 13–21
62,527
3 September 22, 2002 Cleveland Browns L 28–31
68,804
4 September 29, 2002 at Oakland Raiders L 25–52
58,719
5 October 6, 2002 Washington Redskins L 14–31
68,804
6 October 13, 2002 Jacksonville Jaguars W 23–14
68,804
7 Bye
8 October 27, 2002 at Cincinnati Bengals W 30–24
52,822
9 November 3, 2002 at Indianapolis Colts W 23–15
56,752
10 November 10, 2002 Houston Texans W 17–10
68,804
11 November 17, 2002 Pittsburgh Steelers W 31–23
68,804
12 November 24, 2002 at Baltimore Ravens L 12–13
69,365
13 December 1, 2002 at New York Giants W 32–29
78,640
14 December 8, 2002 Indianapolis Colts W 27–17
68,804
15 December 16, 2002 New England Patriots W 24–7
68,809
16 December 22, 2002 at Jacksonville Jaguars W 28–10
51,033
17 December 29, 2002 at Houston Texans W 13–3
70,694

Standings[edit]

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

Notable Games[edit]

For the third time in their history the Titans opened a football season in a different football division, this time in the debut Sunday of the AFC South after their AFL era in the league's Eastern division and then spending 32 seasons in the AFC Central. The Eagles, defending NFC East champs, gave up a 14-yard Steve McNair touchdown to Eddie George, but then behind three Donovan McNabb touchdown throws they raced to a 24–10 halftime lead. The Titans then shut down the Eagles offense as McNair and George helped score 17 unanswered Titans points, finishing up a 27–24 Titans win.


For only the second time since leaving Houston, the former Houston Oilers flew to Texas for football. The Cowboys were hosting the ex-Oilers a week after losing to Houston's present-day NFL squad, but fell behind 10–7 at the half. The game turned against the Titans in the third quarter as Dexter Coakley picked off McNair and ran back 52 yards for a touchdown; McNair later knocked himself out of the game when he ran to the sidelines and crashed into an equipment storage wagon, suffering a concussion. Quincy Carter connected with Joey Galloway from 38 yards out and wrapped up a 21–13 Cowboys win.


This game marked the first time the Titans played against a former division foe from the old AFC Central, the Cleveland Browns. Tim Couch opened up the scoring on a 14-yard throw to Andre Davis in the first quarter. Eddie George and McNair answered with a pair of touchdowns, then Andre Dyson picked off Couch and ran the ball back 16 yards for a 21–7 halftime lead. Dennis Northcutt ran back a punt 74 yards for a Cleveland score in the third quarter, and in the fourth a McNair score to Kevin Dyson was answered by two Couch touchdowns, forcing overtime, and Phil Dawson finished it off from 33 yards out and a 31–28 Browns win.


The 0–6 Bengals blew a chance to win late amid a 30–24 Titans lead when, at the Titans goal line, Corey Dillon tripped over Matt O'Dwyer and fell a yard short of a touchdown. The gaffe wiped out a 138-yard day by Dillon and the now-3-4 Titans had gathered momentum to finish out the season.


The Titans made their first trip to Indianapolis since winning in the 1999 playoffs and raced to a 23–0 lead. The Colts fumbled in the second quarter and Keith Bulluck ran back a 61-yard touchdown. Steve McNair threw only 19 times with 14 completions for 92 yards and one touchdown, while Peyton Manning had to throw for 327 yards for two fourth-quarter touchdowns. Still, he was unable to lead a comeback, and the Titans won by a final score of 23–15.


Present Titans quarterback Steve McNair played despite missing practice due to injuries incurred throughout the season, and matched up against the man who would eventually captain the Titans under center, Kerry Collins. The 6–5 Giants took a 10–7 lead after a Collins score to Dan Campbell, while McNair grabbed the Titans a 14–10 halftime lead on two touchdown throws. A second Collins touchdown (to Ron Dixon) was followed by an exchange of field goals, a missed Joe Nedney FG try, a Tiki Barber rushing score marred by a missed two-point try, and McNair touchdown throw to Frank Wycheck and McNair two-point run with seven seconds left in regulation. In overtime the Titans clawed downfield and Nedney finished it off after five minutes on a 38-yard field goal and a 32–29 Titans win.


The former Oilers returned to Houston for the first time since 1996, and a game of field goals ended in a four-yard Eddie George touchdown run, his first in Houston since a six-yard touchdown against Jacksonville in December 1996 at the Astrodome. The win wrapped up Tennessee's first division title in two years and first in the AFC South.

Playoffs[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
Division January 11, 2003 Pittsburgh Steelers W 34–31
68,809
Conference Championship January 19, 2003 at Oakland Raiders L 24–41
62,544

References[edit]