2002 Kansas City Chiefs season

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2002 Kansas City Chiefs season
Head coach Dick Vermeil
Home field Arrowhead Stadium
Results
Record 8–8
Division place 4th AFC West
Playoff finish did not qualify
Pro Bowlers RB Priest Holmes
TE Tony Gonzalez
T Willie Roaf
G Will Shields
KR Dante Hall
Kansas City at Oakland, 2002

The 2002 Kansas City Chiefs season marked the franchise's 40th season in Kansas City, Missouri and ended with an 8–8 record and a tie for third place in the AFC West.

The Chiefs's high-powered offense was led by quarterback Trent Green and 2002 NFL Offensive Player of the Year Priest Holmes, in the second of Holmes's three consecutive all-pro seasons. Green had a 2-to-1 touchdown-to-interception ratio (26 to 13), and Holmes led the league in touchdowns (24) and overall scoring (144 points).

Kansas City scored 467 points (29.2 per game), but gave up 399 points (24.9 per game), the second most in the AFC and fifth-most in the NFL. Football Outsiders stated that the 2002 Chiefs have the second-largest Offense-Defense imbalance from 1992–2010 [1] (the largest discrepancy coming from the 1992 Seattle Seahawks). Football Outsiders also calculated that the Chiefs had the second most efficient running game in the same period (second only to the 2000 St. Louis Rams).[2]

The Chiefs' offense also set two new NFL records with the fewest fumbles in a season (7, broken in 2010) and fewest fumbles lost in a season (2), the latter of which still stands.

Personnel[edit]

Staff[edit]

2002 Kansas City Chiefs staff
Front office
  • Founder – Lamar Hunt
  • President/General Manager/Chief Executive Officer – Carl Peterson
  • Chairman of the Board – Jack Steadman
  • Vice Chairman of the Board – Clark Hunt
  • Executive Vice President/Assistant General Manager – Dennis Thum
  • Vice President of Football Operations/Player Personnel – Lynn Stiles
  • Director of Football Administration – Mike White
  • Director of Pro Personnel – Bill Kuharich

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

  • Special Teams – Frank Gansz, Jr.

Strength and conditioning

  • Strength and Conditioning – Jeff Hurd
  • Assistant Strength and Conditioning – Billy Long

Schedule[edit]

In the 2002 season, the Chiefs' non-divisional, conference opponents were primarily from the AFC East. The Cleveland Browns were from the AFC North, and the Jacksonville Jaguars were from the AFC South. Their non-conference opponents were from the NFC West.

Week Date Opponent Result Network Kickoff (CT) Attendance
1 September 8, 2002 at Cleveland Browns W 40–39 CBS 12:00pm
72,938
2 September 15, 2002 Jacksonville Jaguars L 23–16 CBS 12:00pm
77,934
3 September 22, 2002 at New England Patriots L 41–38 CBS 12:00pm
68,436
4 September 29, 2002 Miami Dolphins W 48–30 CBS 12:00pm
78,178
5 October 6, 2002 at New York Jets W 29–25 CBS 3:15pm
78,149
6 October 13, 2002 at San Diego Chargers L 35–34 CBS 3:15pm
58,995
7 October 20, 2002 Denver Broncos L 37–34 CBS 12:00pm
78,446
8 October 27, 2002 Oakland Raiders W 20–10 CBS 12:00pm
78,685
9 Bye
10 November 10, 2002 at San Francisco 49ers L 17–13 CBS 3:15pm
67,881
11 November 17, 2002 Buffalo Bills W 17–16 CBS 12:00pm
77,951
12 November 24, 2002 at Seattle Seahawks L 39–32 CBS 3:15pm
56,250
13 December 1, 2002 Arizona Cardinals W 49–0 FOX 12:00pm
77,809
14 December 8, 2002 St. Louis Rams W 49–10 FOX 12:00pm
78,601
15 December 15, 2002 at Denver Broncos L 31–24 CBS 3:15pm
75,947
16 December 22, 2002 San Diego Chargers W 24–22 CBS 12:00pm
77,899
17 December 28, 2002 at Oakland Raiders L 24–0 CBS 3:00pm
62,078

Standings[edit]

AFC West
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(1) Oakland Raiders 11 5 0 .688 4–2 9–3 450 304 W2
Denver Broncos 9 7 0 .563 3–3 5–7 392 344 W1
San Diego Chargers 8 8 0 .500 3–3 6–6 333 367 L4
Kansas City Chiefs 8 8 0 .500 2–4 6–6 467 399 L1

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