2002 Denver Broncos season

The 2002 Denver Broncos season was the team's 43rd year in professional football and its 33rd with the National Football League.

With the sudden retirement of Terrell Davis in the preseason, Denver had to rely on rookie Clinton Portis, who provided an instant spark to the Broncos running game. Despite his presence, however, the Broncos finished with a 9-7 record, and narrowly missing the postseason.

2002 Denver Broncos season
Head coachMike Shanahan
Home fieldInvesco Field at Mile High
Results
Record9–7
Division place2nd AFC West
Playoff finishdid not qualify

Offseason

NFL draft

2002 Denver Broncos draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 19 Ashley Lelie  Wide receiver Hawaii
2 51 Clinton Portis *  Running back Miami
3 96 Dorsett Davis  Defensive tackle Mississippi State from New England viaWashington and Baltimore
4 131 Sam Brandon  Safety UNLV from New England
5 144 Herb Haygood  Wide receiver Michigan State from Jacksonville via New England
6 191 Jeb Putzier  Tight End Boise State
7 228 Chris Young  Safety Georgia Tech from Atlanta
7 231 Monsanto Pope  Defensive tackle Virginia
      Made roster    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

Undrafted free agents

2002 Undrafted Free Agents of note
Player Position College
Charlie Adams Wide Receiver Hofstra
Lenny Walls Cornerback Boston College

Staff

2002 Denver Broncos staff
Front office
  • President and Chief Executive Officer – Pat Bowlen
  • Executive Vice President of Football Operations – Mike Shanahan
  • General Manager – Ted Sundquist
  • Director of Football Administration – Neal Dahlen
  • Director of Pro Personnel – Rick Smith
  • Director of College Scouting – Jim Goodman

Head coaches

  • Head Coach – Mike Shanahan
  • Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Line – Alex Gibbs
  • Assistant to the Head Coach – George Dyer

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning

  • Strength and Conditioning – Rich Tuten
  • Assistant Strength and Conditioning – Greg Saporta
  • Assistant Strength and Conditioning – Cedric Smith

Roster

2002 Denver Broncos 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

Week Date Opponent Result Network Kickoff (MT) Attendance
1 September 8, 2002 St. Louis Rams W 23–16 FOX 2:15pm
75,710
2 September 15, 2002 at San Francisco 49ers W 24–14 CBS 2:15pm
67,685
3 September 22, 2002 Buffalo Bills W 28–23 CBS 2:15pm
75,359
4 September 30, 2002 at Baltimore Ravens L 34–23 ABC 7:00pm
69,538
5 October 6, 2002 San Diego Chargers W 26–9 CBS 2:15pm
75,065
6 October 13, 2002 Miami Dolphins L 24–22 ESPN 6:30pm
75,941
7 October 20, 2002 at Kansas City Chiefs W 37–34 CBS 11:00am
78,446
8 October 27, 2002 at New England Patriots W 24–16 CBS 2:15pm
68,436
9 Bye
10 November 11, 2002 Oakland Raiders L 34–10 ABC 7:00pm
76,643
11 November 17, 2002 at Seattle Seahawks W 31–9 CBS 2:15pm
65,495
12 November 24, 2002 Indianapolis Colts L 23–20 ESPN 6:30pm
75,075
13 December 1, 2002 at San Diego Chargers L 30–27 CBS 2:15pm
66,357
14 December 8, 2002 at New York Jets L 19–13 CBS 2:15pm
78,521
15 December 15, 2002 Kansas City Chiefs W 31–24 CBS 2:15pm
75,947
16 December 22, 2002 at Oakland Raiders L 28–16 CBS 2:15pm
62,592
17 December 29, 2002 Arizona Cardinals W 37–7 FOX 2:15pm
75,164

Standings

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

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League championships (3)
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