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2002 Cincinnati Bengals season
Head Coach Dick LeBeau
Home Field Paul Brown Stadium
Results
Record 2–14
Place 4th AFC North
Playoff Finish did not qualify
Timeline
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The 2002 Cincinnati Bengals season was the team's 35th year in professional football and its 33rd with the National Football League. With a record of 2–14, however, they were the worst team in football in 2002. The Bengals struggles continued as they dropped their first seven games losing by average of 19 points in each game. The Bengals would take out all their frustrations in Week 8 by slaughtering the expansion Houston Texans on the road 38-38. However, the good feeling in the win would not last long as the Bengals continued on to become the laughing stock of the NFL losing their next six games to fall to 1-13. In their final game at home the Bengals would stun the New Orleans Saints 20-13 to earn their second win on the season, but their would be no saving the Bengals from setting a new franchise record for losses as they finished the season with a 27-9 loss to the Buffalo Bills on the road to finish with a league worst 2-14 record. This resulted in the Bengals owner Mike Brown firing Dick LeBeau and replacing him with offensive assistant Marvin Lewis, the hiring making NFL history as only the fourth African-American head coach in NFL history, and the first in Cincinnati Bengal history. By being the team with the leauge's worst record in 2002, they earned the first pick in the 2003 NFL Draft, which they would use to draft Heisman Trophy winning QB Carson Palmer out of USC, and releasing embattled QB Akili Smith. [1]

OffseasonEdit

NFL DraftEdit

PersonnelEdit

StaffEdit

2002 Cincinnati Bengals staff

Head Coaches

Offensive Coaches

  • Offensive Coordinator – Bob Bratkowski
  • Quarterbacks – Ken Anderson
  • Running Backs – Jim Anderson
  • Wide Receivers – Steve Mooshagian
  • Tight Ends – John Garrett
  • Offensive Line – Paul Alexander
  • Offensive Assistant – Bob Surace
 

Defensive Coaches

Special Teams Coaches

Strength and Conditioning

  • Strength and Conditioning – Kim Wood
  • Strength and Conditioning Assistant – Rodney Holman

[2]

RosterEdit

2002 Cincinnati Bengals roster

Quarterbacks

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen

Linebackers

Defensive Backs

Special Teams

Practice Squad


Rookies in italics

Regular seasonEdit

ScheduleEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Kickoff Time Attendance
1 September 8, 2002 San Diego Chargers L 34–6 CBS 1:00pm
53,705
2 September 15, 2002 at Cleveland Browns L 20–7 CBS 1:00pm
73,358
3 September 22, 2002 at Atlanta Falcons L 30–3 ESPN 8:30pm
68,129
4 September 29, 2002 Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 35–7 FOX 1:00pm
57,234
5 October 6, 2002 at Indianapolis Colts L 28–21 CBS 1:00pm
56,570
6 October 13, 2002 Pittsburgh Steelers L 34–7 CBS 1:00pm
63,900
7 Bye
8 October 27, 2002 Tennessee Titans L 30–24 CBS 1:00pm
52,822
9 November 3, 2002 at Houston Texans W 38–3 CBS 1:00pm
69,827
10 November 10, 2002 at Baltimore Ravens L 38–27 CBS 1:00pm
69,024
11 November 17, 2002 Cleveland Browns L 27–20 CBS 1:00pm
64,060
12 November 24, 2002 at Pittsburgh Steelers L 29–21 CBS 1:00pm
60,473
13 December 1, 2002 Baltimore Ravens L 27–23 CBS 1:00pm
44,878
14 December 8, 2002 at Carolina Panthers L 52–31 CBS 1:00pm
66,799
15 December 15, 2002 Jacksonville Jaguars L 29–15 CBS 1:00pm
42,092
16 December 22, 2002 New Orleans Saints W 20–13 FOX 1:00pm
43,544
17 December 29, 2002 at Buffalo Bills L 27–9 CBS 1:00pm
47,850

StandingsEdit

AFC North
2002 AFC North standings W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
z Pittsburgh Steelers 10 5 1 .656 6–0 8–4 390 345 W3
y Cleveland Browns 9 7 0 .563 3–3 7–5 344 320 W2
Baltimore Ravens 7 9 0 .438 3–3 7–5 316 354 L2
Cincinnati Bengals 2 14 0 .125 0–6 1–11 279 456 L1

Awards and recordsEdit

MilestonesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. http://www.sportsecyclopedia.com/nfl/cincy/bengals.html Season statistics and summary at Sports E-Cyclopedia]
  2. Coaching History. Bengals.com. Archived from the original on 17 June 2010. Retrieved on 2010-07-01.

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