2002 Tennessee Titans season

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2002 Tennessee Titans season
OwnerBud Adams
Head coachJeff Fisher
General managerFloyd Reese
Home fieldThe Coliseum
Results
Record11–5
Division place1st AFC South
Playoff finishWon Divisional Playoffs (vs. Steelers) 34–31 (OT)
Lost AFC Championship (at Raiders) 24–41

The 2002 season was the Tennessee Titans' 33rd in the National Football League and 43rd overall. The team improved upon their previous season's output of 7–9, managing 11 victories.[1] The Titans qualified for the playoffs, but were unable to reach the Super Bowl, losing to the Oakland Raiders in the AFC Conference Championship. The Titans would not return to the AFC Championship again until 2019.

Offseason[edit]

Signings Departures
DB Rich Coady (Rams) DT Josh Evans (Jets)
RB Robert Holcombe (Rams) DT Jason Fisk (Chargers)
FS Lance Schulters (49ers) C Bruce Matthews (retired)
LB Eddie Robinson (Bills)

NFL Draft[edit]

2002 Tennessee Titans draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 12 Albert Haynesworth *  Defensive tackle Tennessee from N. Y. Giants
2 45 Tank Williams  Defensive back Stanford
3 77 Rocky Calmus  Linebacker Oklahoma
4 110 Mike Echols  Defensive back Wisconsin from N. Y. Giants
4 115 Tony Beckham  Defensive back UW–Stout
4 133 Rocky Boiman  Linebacker Notre Dame
5 151 Jake Schifino  Wide Receiver Akron
6 187 Justin Hartwig  Center Kansas
7 225 Darrell Hill  Wide Receiver NIU
7 240 Carlos Hall  Defensive end Arkansas from Green Bay
      Made roster    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

Undrafted free agents[edit]

2002 Undrafted Free Agents of note
Player Position College
Brad Kassell Linebacker North Texas
John Simon Running back Louisiana Tech

Personnel[edit]

Coaching 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

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning

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

Roster[edit]

2002 Tennessee Titans 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

Preseason[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Record
1 August 10, 2002 St. Louis Rams W 28–26 1–0
2 August 15, 2002 Oakland Raiders W 24-14 2–0
3 August 23, 2002 at Minnesota Vikings L 10–14 2–1
4 August 30, 2002 at Green Bay Packers L 20–21 2–2

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result TV Time (CT) Record Attendance
1 September 8 Philadelphia Eagles W 27–24 FOX 12:00 pm 1-0 68,804
2 September 15 at Dallas Cowboys L 13–21 CBS 12:00 pm 1-1 62,527
3 September 22 Cleveland Browns L 28–31 CBS 12:00 pm 1-2 68,804
4 September 29 at Oakland Raiders L 25–52 CBS 3:15 pm 1-3 58,719
5 October 6 Washington Redskins L 14–31 FOX 12:00 pm 1-4 68,804
6 October 13 Jacksonville Jaguars W 23–14 CBS 3:15 pm 2-4 68,804
7 Bye
8 October 27 at Cincinnati Bengals W 30–24 CBS 12:00 pm 3-4 52,822
9 November 3 at Indianapolis Colts W 23–15 CBS 12:00 pm 4-4 56,752
10 November 10 Houston Texans W 17–10 CBS 12:00 pm 5-4 68,804
11 November 17 Pittsburgh Steelers W 31–23 CBS 12:00 pm 6-4 68,804
12 November 24 at Baltimore Ravens L 12–13 CBS 12:00 pm 6-5 69,365
13 December 1 at New York Giants W 32–29 CBS 12:00 pm 7-5 78,640
14 December 8 Indianapolis Colts W 27–17 CBS 12:00 pm 8-5 68,804
15 December 16 New England Patriots W 24–7 ABC 8:08 pm 9-5 68,809
16 December 22 at Jacksonville Jaguars W 28–10 CBS 12:00 pm 10-5 51,033
17 December 29 at Houston Texans W 13–3 CBS 12:00 pm 11-5 70,694

Note: Division opponents are in bold text.

Game summaries[edit]

Week 15: vs. New England Patriots[edit]

Week 15: New England Patriots at Tennessee Titans
1 2 34Total
Patriots 0 0 707
Titans 0 14 7324

at The Coliseum, Nashville, Tennessee

Game information

Standings[edit]

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

Playoffs[edit]

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

AFC Divisional Playoff vs Pittsburgh Steelers[edit]

Tennessee Titans 34, Pittsburgh Steelers 31
1 2 34OTTotal
Steelers 0 13 711031
Titans 14 0 143334

at Adelphia Coliseum, Nashville, Tennessee

This was the Titans franchise's first playoff win over the Steelers in four tries, following three losses as the Oilers in 1978, 1979 and 1989, the latter of which was also in overtime.

AFC Championship Game[edit]

Oakland Raiders 41, Tennessee Titans 24
1 2 34Total
Titans 7 10 7024
Raiders 14 10 31441

at Network Associates Coliseum, Oakland, California

This was the Titans' last appearance at the AFC championship game until 2019.

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