2002 San Diego Chargers season

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2002 San Diego Chargers season
Head coach Marty Schottenheimer
General manager John Butler
Owner Alex Spanos
Home field Qualcomm Stadium
Results
Record 8–8
Division place 3rd AFC West
Playoff finish did not qualify
Pro Bowlers RB Ladainian Tomlinson
LB Junior Seau
LB Donnie Edwards

The 2002 San Diego Chargers season began with the team trying to improve on their 5–11 record in 2001. It was Marty Schottenheimer's first season as the team's head coach. Their stadium, Qualcomm Stadium, hosted Super Bowl XXXVII at the end of the season, but the Chargers' failure to secure a playoff berth marked the 18th straight time that the Super Bowl did not include the team in whose region the game was being played. Their division was reduced to four teams at the start of the season with the Seattle Seahawks moving to the NFC. Despite starting the season at 4–0 and ending 6–2 halfway through, the Chargers only went 2–6 in their last 8 games.

Offseason[edit]

Additions Subtractions
TE Stephen Alexander (Redskins) TE Steve Heiden (Browns)
LB Donnie Edwards (Chiefs) LB John Holecek (Falcons)
G Bob Hallen (Falcons) LB Sam Rogers (Falcons)
C Cory Raymer (Redskins) G Raleigh Roundtree (Cardinals)
DT Jason Fisk (Titans) TE Freddie Jones (Cardinals)
SS Keith Lyle (Redskins) G DeMingo Graham (Texans)

NFL Draft[edit]

2002 San Diego Chargers draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 5 Quentin Jammer  Cornerback Texas
2 39 Toniu Fonoti  Guard Nebraska
2 48 Reche Caldwell  Wide Receiver Florida form Atlanta
3 71 Ben Leber  Linebacker Kansas State
4 103 Justin Peelle  Tight End Oregon
5 142 Terry Charles  Wide Receiver Portland State
6 178 Matt Anderle  Tackle Minnesota
7 216 Seth Burford  Quarterback Cal Poly
      Made roster    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

Undrafted free agents[edit]

2002 Undrafted Free Agents of note
Player Position College
Jason Ball Center New Hampshire
Jesse Chatman Running Back Eastern Washington
Vernon Fox Safety Fresno State
Josh Norman Tight End Oklahoma

Personnel[edit]

Staff[edit]

2002 San Diego Chargers staff
Front office
  • Chairman of the Board – Alex Spanos
  • President/Chief Executive Officer – Dean Spanos
  • Executive Vice President – Michael Spanos
  • Executive Vice President/General Manager – John Butler
  • Assistant General Manager/Director of Pro Personnel – A. J. Smith
  • Vice President of Football Operations – Ed McGuire
  • Director of Player Personnel – Buddy Nix
  • Director of College Scouting – Jimmy Raye

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning

  • Strength and Conditioning – Dave Redding
  • Assistant Strength and Conditioning – Matt Schiotz

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Roster[edit]

2002 San Diego Chargers 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
Active, Inactive, Practice squad

Schedule[edit]

In addition to their regular games with AFC West rivals, the Chargers played teams from the AFC East and NFC West as per the schedule rotation, and also played intraconference games against the Texans and the Bengals based on divisional positions from 2001.

Week Date Opponent Result TV Attendance
1 September 8, 2002 at Cincinnati Bengals W 34–6 CBS
53,705
2 September 15, 2002 Houston Texans W 24–3 CBS
56,098
3 September 22, 2002 at Arizona Cardinals W 23–15 CBS
28,980
4 September 29, 2002 New England Patriots W 21–14 CBS
66,463
5 October 6, 2002 at Denver Broncos L 26–9 CBS
75,065
6 October 13, 2002 Kansas City Chiefs W 35–34 CBS
58,995
7 October 20, 2002 at Oakland Raiders W 27–21 CBS
60,974
8 Bye
9 November 3, 2002 New York Jets L 44–13 CBS
59,772
10 November 10, 2002 at St. Louis Rams L 28–24 CBS
66,093
11 November 17, 2002 San Francisco 49ers W 20–17 FOX
67,161
12 November 24, 2002 at Miami Dolphins L 30–3 CBS
73,138
13 December 1, 2002 Denver Broncos W 30–27 CBS
66,357
14 December 8, 2002 Oakland Raiders L 27–7 CBS
67,968
15 December 15, 2002 at Buffalo Bills L 20–13 CBS
61,838
16 December 22, 2002 at Kansas City Chiefs L 24–22 CBS
77,899
17 December 29, 2002 Seattle Seahawks L 31–28 FOX
52,159

Game summaries[edit]

Week 1[edit]

1 234Total
• Chargers 10 1077 34
Bengals 0 033 6

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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

References[edit]

  1. ^ 2012 San Diego Chargers Media Guide. pp. 263–264. Retrieved October 28, 2014. 
  2. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com