2002 New Orleans Saints season

The 2002 New Orleans Saints season was the franchise's 36th season in the National Football League and the 27th to host games at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. They improved upon their previous season's performance of 7–9, winning nine games.[1] Despite the winning season, and ranking third in total offense in 2002, the team failed to qualify for the playoffs. A bright moment during the season for the Saints was sweeping eventual champion Tampa Bay. The 2 wins were almost guaranteed to make New Orleans a playoff team. However, 3 consecutive losses, including one to 1-13 Cincinnati, knocked New Orleans out of playoff contention.

2002 New Orleans Saints season
Head coachJim Haslett
General managerMickey Loomis
Home fieldLouisiana Superdome
Results
Record9–7
Division place3rd NFC South
Playoff finishDid not qualify
Pro BowlersDeuce McAllister (RB)
Joe Horn (WR)
Michael Lewis (KR)
Fred McAfee (ST)
AP All-ProsDeuce McAllister (1st team)
Michael Lewis (ST)
Fred McAfee (ST)

Offseason

Additions Subtractions
WR Jerome Pathon (Colts) RB Ricky Williams (Dolphins)
TE David Sloan (Lions) T Willie Roaf (Chiefs)
CB Ken Irvin (Bills) DT La'Roi Glover (Cowboys)
WR Jake Reed (Vikings) CB Fred Weary (Falcons)
T Victor Riley (Chiefs) DE Joe Johnson (Packers)

NFL Draft

2002 New Orleans Saints draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 13 Donté Stallworth  Wide receiver Tennessee
1 25 Charles Grant  Defensive end Georgia
2 44 LeCharles Bentley *  Guard Ohio State
3 82 James Allen  Linebacker Oregon State
4 125 Keyuo Craver  Defensive back Nebraska
5 150 Mel Mitchell  Defensive back Western Kentucky
6 186 J. T. O'Sullivan  Quarterback UC Davis
6 196 John Gilmore  Tight end Penn State
7 224 Derrius Monroe  Defensive end Virginia Tech
      Made roster    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

[2]

Undrafted free agents

2002 Undrafted Free Agents of note
Player Position College
Jeff Reed Placekicker North Carolina

Personnel

Staff

2002 New Orleans Saints staff
Front office
  • Owner – Tom Benson
  • Executive Vice President/General Manager – Mickey Loomis
  • Senior Football Administrator – Russ Ball
  • Director of Player Personnel – Rick Mueller
  • College Scouting Coordinator – Rick Thompson

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

  • Special Teams – Al Everest

Strength and conditioning

  • Strength and Conditioning – Rock Gullickson
  • Assistant Strength and Conditioning – Evan Marcus

Roster

2002 New Orleans Saints 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

Regular season

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result TV Record Attendance
1 September 8, 2002 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 26–20 (OT) FOX 1–0
65,554
2 September 15, 2002 Green Bay Packers W 35–20 FOX 2–0
67,958
3 September 22, 2002 at Chicago Bears W 29–23 FOX 3–0
63,216
4 September 29, 2002 at Detroit Lions L 21–26 FOX 3–1
60,023
5 October 6, 2002 Pittsburgh Steelers W 32–29 CBS 4–1
67,734
6 October 13, 2002 at Washington Redskins W 43–27 FOX 5–1
80,768
7 October 20, 2002 San Francisco 49ers W 35–27 FOX 6–1
67,903
8 October 27, 2002 Atlanta Falcons L 35–37 FOX 6–2
67,883
9 Bye
10 November 10, 2002 at Carolina Panthers W 34–24 FOX 7–2
72,566
11 November 17, 2002 at Atlanta Falcons L 17–24 FOX 7–3
70,382
12 November 24, 2002 Cleveland Browns L 15–24 CBS 7–4
68,295
13 December 1, 2002 Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 23–20 ESPN 8–4
68,226
14 December 8, 2002 at Baltimore Ravens W 37–25 FOX 9–4
69,334
15 December 15, 2002 Minnesota Vikings L 31–32 FOX 9–5
67,851
16 December 22, 2002 at Cincinnati Bengals L 13–20 FOX 9–6
43,544
17 December 29, 2002 Carolina Panthers L 6–10 FOX 9–7
66,946

Standings

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

  1. ^ 2002 New Orleans Saints
  2. ^ "2002 New Orleans Saints Draftees". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved January 5, 2014.

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