2002 Carolina Panthers season

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2002 Carolina Panthers season
Head coachJohn Fox
OwnerJerry Richardson
Home fieldEricsson Stadium
Results
Record7–9
Division place4th NFC South
Playoff finishDid not qualify
Pro BowlersDT Kris Jenkins P Todd Sauerbrun

The 2002 Carolina Panthers season was the franchise's 8th season in the National Football League and the 1st under head coach John Fox. They tried to improve upon their 1–15 record in 2001, and make it to the playoffs for the second time in franchise history.

The Panthers would improve six games, but they still failed to make the playoffs, despite moving from the NFC West to the more geographically accurate NFC South, finishing 7–9, five games behind the division champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Offseason[edit]

Additions Subtractions
DE Shane Burton (Jets) WR Donald Hayes (Patriots)
CB Terry Cousin (Dolphins) FB Chris Hetherington (Rams)
LB Mark Fields (Rams) DE Jay Williams (Dolphins)

NFL Draft[edit]

The 2002 NFL Draft took place at Radio City Music Hall in New York City on April 15 and April 16, 2002. The Panthers selected nine players in seven rounds.

NFL Draft[edit]

2002 Carolina Panthers draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 2 Julius Peppers *  DE North Carolina
2 34 DeShaun Foster  RB UCLA
3 73 Will Witherspoon   LB Georgia
4 100 Dante Wesley  CB Arkansas-Pine Bluff
5 137 Randy Fasani  QB Stanford
5 145 Kyle Johnson  FB Syrscuse
6 174 Keith Heinrich  TE Sam Houston State
7 213 Pete Campion  G North Dakota State
7 258 Brad Franklin  CB Louisiana-Lafayette
      Made roster    †   Pro Football Hall of Fame    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

Personnel[edit]

Staff[edit]

2002 Carolina Panthers staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning

  • Strength and Conditioning – Jerry Simmons
  • Assistant Strength and Conditioning – Darrin Simmons

[1]

Roster[edit]

2002 Carolina Panthers final roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists


Practice squad

  • 15 Rob Johnson WR
  • 12 Chris Robinson S
  • 62 Tim Stuber G
  • 18 Bashir Yamini WR


Rookies in italics
53 Active, 14 Inactive, 5 Practice squad

Schedule[edit]

Date Week Opponent Result TV Time TV Commentators Stadium Record Attendance
9/8/2002 1 Baltimore Ravens W 10–7 CBS 1:00pm Gus Johnson & Brent Jones Ericsson Stadium 1–0
70,386
9/15/2002 2 Detroit Lions W 31–7 FOX 1:00pm Kenny Albert & Tim Green Ericsson Stadium 2–0
71,951
9/22/2002 3 at Minnesota Vikings W 21–14 FOX 1:00pm Curt Menefee & Tim Ryan Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 3–0
63,945
9/29/2002 4 at Green Bay Packers L 14–17 FOX 1:00pm Pat Summerall & Brian Baldinger Lambeau Field 3–1
63,329
10/6/2002 5 Arizona Cardinals L 13–16 FOX 1:00pm Curt Menefee & Tim Ryan Ericsson Stadium 3–2
72,286
10/13/2002 6 at Dallas Cowboys L 13–14 FOX 1:00pm Pat Summerall & Brian Baldinger Texas Stadium 3–3
61,773
10/20/2002 7 at Atlanta Falcons L 0–30 FOX 1:00pm Ron Pitts & Marv Levy Georgia Dome 3–4
68,056
10/27/2002 8 Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 9–12 FOX 1:00pm Dick Stockton, Troy Aikman & Cris Collinsworth Ericsson Stadium 3–5
72,892
11/3/2002 9 Bye
11/10/2002 10 New Orleans Saints L 24–34 FOX 1:00pm Kenny Albert & Tim Green Ericsson Stadium 3–6
72,566
11/17/2002 11 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 10–23 FOX 4:05pm Curt Menefee & Tim Ryan Raymond James Stadium 3–7
65,527
11/24/2002 12 Atlanta Falcons L 0–41 FOX 1:00pm Curt Menefee & Tim Ryan Ericsson Stadium 3–8
72,533
12/1/2002 13 at Cleveland Browns W 13–6 FOX 1:00pm Curt Menefee & Tim Ryan Cleveland Browns Stadium 4–8
72,718
12/8/2002 14 Cincinnati Bengals W 52–31 CBS 1:00pm Bill Macatee & Craig James Ericsson Stadium 5–8
66,799
12/15/2002 15 at Pittsburgh Steelers L 14–30 FOX 1:00pm Sam Rosen & Bill Maas Heinz Field 5–9
58,586
12/22/2002 16 Chicago Bears W 24–14 FOX 1:00pm Pat Summerall & Brian Baldinger Ericsson Stadium 6–9
72,602
12/29/2002 17 at New Orleans Saints W 10–6 FOX 1:00pm Sam Rosen & Bill Maas Louisiana Superdome 7–9
66,946

Standings[edit]

NFC South
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(2) Tampa Bay Buccaneers 12 4 0 .750 4–2 9–3 346 196 W1
(6) Atlanta Falcons 9 6 1 .594 4–2 7–5 402 314 L1
New Orleans Saints 9 7 0 .563 3–3 7–5 432 388 L3
Carolina Panthers 7 9 0 .438 1–5 4–8 258 302 W2

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Assistant Coaches". Panthers.com. Archived from the original on January 15, 2013. Retrieved January 3, 2014.