2002 Kansas City Chiefs season

The 2002 Kansas City Chiefs season was the franchise's 33rd season in the National Football League, the 43rd overall, the franchise's 40th season in Kansas City, Missouri and the second under head coach Dick Vermeil.

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.

2002 Kansas City Chiefs season
Head coachDick Vermeil
Home fieldArrowhead Stadium
Division place4th AFC West
Playoff finishdid not qualify
Pro BowlersRB Priest Holmes
TE Tony Gonzalez
T Willie Roaf
G Will Shields
KR Dante Hall
Oakland Raiders 24, Kansas City Chiefs 0, 2002, by Ken Lund
Kansas City at Oakland, 2002


Additions Subtractions
QB Jonathan Quinn (Jaguars) LB Donnie Edwards (Chargers)
K Morten Andersen (Giants) K Todd Peterson (Steelers)
WR Johnnie Morton (Lions) TE Mikhael Ricks (Lions)
T Willie Roaf (Saints) CB Bracy Walker (Lions)
T Victor Riley (Saints)
WR Derrick Alexander (Vikings)

NFL draft

2002 Kansas City Chiefs draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 6 Ryan Sims  Defensive Tackle North Carolina
2 43 Eddie Freeman  Defensive Tackle UAB
4 107 Omar Easy  Fullback Penn State
5 143 Scott Fujita  Linebacker California
7 221 Maurice Rodriguez  Linebacker Fresno State
      Made roster    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

Undrafted free agents

2002 Undrafted Free Agents of note
Player Position College
Marc Boerigter Wide Receiver Hastings
Clint Finley Defensive back Nebraska
Jarmar Julien Running back San Jose State



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

Strength and conditioning

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


2002 Kansas City Chiefs final roster

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen


Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists

Practice squad

Rookies in italics
Active, Inactive, Practice squad


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
2 September 15, 2002 Jacksonville Jaguars L 23–16 CBS 12:00pm
3 September 22, 2002 at New England Patriots L 41–38 CBS 12:00pm
4 September 29, 2002 Miami Dolphins W 48–30 CBS 12:00pm
5 October 6, 2002 at New York Jets W 29–25 CBS 3:05pm
6 October 13, 2002 at San Diego Chargers L 35–34 CBS 3:15pm
7 October 20, 2002 Denver Broncos L 37–34 CBS 12:00pm
8 October 27, 2002 Oakland Raiders W 20–10 CBS 12:00pm
9 Bye
10 November 10, 2002 at San Francisco 49ers L 17–13 CBS 3:15pm
11 November 17, 2002 Buffalo Bills W 17–16 CBS 12:00pm
12 November 24, 2002 at Seattle Seahawks L 39–32 CBS 3:05pm
13 December 1, 2002 Arizona Cardinals W 49–0 FOX 12:00pm
14 December 8, 2002 St. Louis Rams W 49–10 FOX 12:00pm
15 December 15, 2002 at Denver Broncos L 31–24 CBS 3:05pm
16 December 22, 2002 San Diego Chargers W 24–22 CBS 12:00pm
17 December 28, 2002 at Oakland Raiders L 24–0 CBS 3:00pm


AFC West
(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


  1. ^ 1992 DVOA Ratings and Commentary
  2. ^ Final 2010 DVOA Ratings
List of Kansas City Chiefs starting quarterbacks

The Kansas City Chiefs are a professional American football team based in Kansas City, Missouri. The Chiefs are a member of the Western Division of the American Football Conference in the National Football League (NFL). Originally named the Dallas Texans, the club was founded by Lamar Hunt in 1960 as a charter member of the American Football League. In 1963, the team moved to Kansas City, Missouri and were renamed the Kansas City Chiefs.

The Chiefs have had 37 different quarterbacks start at least one game in their franchise's history, 21 of which have started at least 10 games. Cotton Davidson was the team's first starting quarterback; he played all 14 games for the Texans in their inaugural 1960 season. Davidson played with the franchise from 1960 to 1962, and was traded in 1963 to the Oakland Raiders. Len Dawson signed with on July 2, 1962 and played for the franchise for 14 seasons. With Dawson as the team's starter, the Texans/Chiefs won three American Football League championships and appeared in two Super Bowl championship games. Dawson was named Most Valuable Player after the Chiefs' victory in Super Bowl IV and retired in 1975 with several franchise records. Three quarterbacks currently in the Pro Football Hall of Fame have started at least one game for Kansas City: Dawson, Joe Montana, and Warren Moon. In the 2008 season, the Chiefs started three quarterbacks: Brodie Croyle, Damon Huard, and Tyler Thigpen. After Croyle and Huard were sidelined by injuries, Thigpen played in eleven games, winning one and losing ten. In 2009 and 2010, Matt Cassel started 15 of 16 games each season, while Croyle started the other 2 games.

Playoff appearances (20)
Division championships (10)
League championships (3)
Retired numbers
Current league affiliations
Former league affiliation
Seasons (59)

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