|2002 Houston Texans season|
|Head coach||Dom Capers|
|General manager||Charley Casserly|
|Home field||Reliant Stadium|
|Division place||4th AFC South|
|Playoff finish||did not qualify|
The 2002 Houston Texans season was the franchise's inaugural season and the city of Houston's first NFL season since the Houston Oilers left in 1997 to move to Tennessee to become the Titans. The Divisional Realignment also placed the Texans and Titans in the same division.
The Texans won their first-ever season game against the Dallas Cowboys 19–10 on Sunday Night Football. They were the first to do this since the 1961 Minnesota Vikings won 37–13 in their inaugural game. Head coach Dom Capers, who previously coached the expansion Carolina Panthers when they debuted in 1995, led the Texans to a 4–12 record.
- 1 Football returns to Houston
- 2 Offseason
- 3 Personnel
- 4 Preseason
- 5 Regular season
- 5.1 Schedule
- 5.2 Game summaries
- 5.2.1 Week 1: vs. Dallas Cowboys
- 5.2.2 Week 2: at San Diego Chargers
- 5.2.3 Week 3: vs. Indianapolis Colts
- 5.2.4 Week 4: at Philadelphia Eagles
- 5.2.5 Week 6: vs. Buffalo Bills
- 5.2.6 Week 7: at Cleveland Browns
- 5.2.7 Week 8: at Jacksonville Jaguars
- 5.2.8 Week 9: vs. Cincinnati Bengals
- 5.2.9 Week 10: at Tennessee Titans
- 5.2.10 Week 11: vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
- 5.2.11 Week 12: vs. New York Giants
- 5.2.12 Week 13: at Indianapolis Colts
- 5.2.13 Week 14: at Pittsburgh Steelers
- 5.2.14 Week 15: vs. Baltimore Ravens
- 5.2.15 Week 16: at Washington Redskins
- 5.2.16 Week 17: vs. Tennessee Titans
- 5.3 Standings
- 6 Statistics
- 7 References
Football returns to Houston
In June 1997, Bob McNair and Chuck Watson's plans for a National Hockey League expansion team fell apart due to the lack of an arena in the Houston area. Afterwards, the Houston Oilers moved to Nashville to become the Tennessee Titans. Discussion eventually began to create a new NFL expansion team, with the 31st being awarded to the reformed Cleveland Browns. Houston and Los Angeles were the two finalists, and on October 6, 1999, the league's owners voted unanimously to award Houston the 32nd franchise. In 2000, the new team, tentatively known as "Houston NFL 2002", decided on five potential team names: Apollos, Bobcats, Stallions, Texans and Wildcatters, and was eventually reduced to Apollos, Stallions and Texans. On September 6, the team name was officially revealed as the Houston Texans.
On January 19, 2000, the team hired former Washington Redskins general manager Charley Casserly to serve in the same position. In the search for a head coach, Miami coach Butch Davis was involved in discussions with McNair, but elected to stay with the university. In January 2001, the Texans hired Jacksonville Jaguars defensive coordinator Dom Capers as head coach; Capers had previously worked with the expansion Carolina Panthers as their HC. On January 20, Indianapolis Colts defensive coordinator Vic Fangio joined the staff in the same role, followed by former Cleveland Browns head coach Chris Palmer as offensive coordinator on February 3.
On November 5, 2001, the Texans held workouts for defensive backs at the Reliant Astrodome. On December 29, the team signed ten players: running back Michael Basnight, safety Leomont Evans, tackles Robert Hicks and Jerry Wisne, defensive tackle Jason Nikolao, quarterback Mike Quinn, fullback Matt Snider, cornerback Jason Suttle, linebacker Casey Tisdale and safety Kevin Williams. On March 6, 2002, Colts offensive lineman Steve McKinney became the first unrestricted free agent to be signed by the Texans.
To fill the Texans roster, the NFL held an expansion draft on February 18. The team was permitted to select 42 players from the other 31 teams, each of which allowed five players to be drafted. Houston were required to select 30 players or spend 38 percent ($27.24 million) of the $71.7 million salary cap.
The first player that the Texans selected was Jacksonville Jaguars offensive tackle Tony Boselli; however, the five-time Pro Bowler had been suffering from shoulder injuries during the 2001 season and never played a snap for the Texans. Houston also selected 18 more players.
On February 26, quarterback Danny Wuerffel was traded to the Washington Redskins for defensive tackle Jerry DeLoach. The Texans had intended to draft DeLoach, but the Redskins replaced him with Matt Campbell.
|2002 Houston Texans draft|
|1||1||David Carr||Quarterback||Fresno State|
|2||33||Jabar Gaffney||Wide receiver||Florida|
|2||50||Chester Pitts||Offensive tackle||San Diego State|
|3||83||Charles Hill||Defensive tackle||Maryland|
|4||99||Jonathan Wells||Running back||Ohio State|
|5||136||Jarrod Baxter||Fullback||New Mexico|
|6||173||Demarcus Faggins||Cornerback||Kansas State|
|6||190||Howard Green||Defensive tackle||LSU|
|7||229||Greg White||Defensive end||Minnesota|
|7||261||Ahmad Miller||Defensive tackle||UNLV|
Undrafted free agents
|Atnaf Harris||Wide Receiver||Cal State Northridge|
|Joey Knapp||Tight end||UTEP|
|John Minardi||Wide Receiver||Colorado|
|Jimmy McClain||Linebacker||Troy State|
|Eric Parker||Wide Receiver||Tennessee|
|Ed Stansbury||Running back||UCLA|
|2002 Houston Texans staff|
Special teams coaches
Strength and conditioning
|2002 Houston Texans final roster|
|HOF||August 5, 2002||at New York Giants||L 34–17||Fawcett Stadium||0–1||22,461|
|1||August 10, 2002||at New Orleans Saints||W 13–10||Louisiana Superdome||1–1||67,356|
|2||August 17, 2002||at Kansas City Chiefs||L 19–9||Arrowhead Stadium||1–2||73,506|
|3||August 24, 2002||Miami Dolphins||L 24–3||Reliant Stadium||1–3||69,432|
|4||August 30, 2002||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||L 17–13||Reliant Stadium||1–4||68,371|
|1||September 8, 2002||Dallas Cowboys||W 19–10||Reliant Stadium||1–0||ESPN||7:30pm||69,604|
|2||September 15, 2002||at San Diego Chargers||L 24–3||Qualcomm Stadium||1–1||CBS||3:00pm||56,098|
|3||September 22, 2002||Indianapolis Colts||L 23–3||Reliant Stadium||1–2||CBS||12:00pm||69,204|
|4||September 29, 2002||at Philadelphia Eagles||L 35–17||Veterans Stadium||1–3||CBS||12:00pm||64,867|
|6||October 13, 2002||Buffalo Bills||L 31–24||Reliant Stadium||1–4||CBS||12:00pm||70,120|
|7||October 20, 2002||at Cleveland Browns||L 34–17||Cleveland Browns Stadium||1–5||CBS||12:00pm||73,248|
|8||October 27, 2002||at Jacksonville Jaguars||W 21–19||Alltel Stadium||2–5||CBS||3:00pm||53,721|
|9||November 3, 2002||Cincinnati Bengals||L 38–3||Reliant Stadium||2–6||CBS||12:00pm||69,827|
|10||November 10, 2002||at Tennessee Titans||L 17–10||LP Field||2–7||CBS||12:00pm||68,804|
|11||November 17, 2002||Jacksonville Jaguars||L 24–21||Reliant Stadium||2–8||CBS||12:00pm||69,711|
|12||November 24, 2002||New York Giants||W 16–14||Reliant Stadium||3–8||FOX||3:00pm||70,054|
|13||December 1, 2002||at Indianapolis Colts||L 19–3||RCA Dome||3–9||CBS||12:00pm||56,820|
|14||December 8, 2002||at Pittsburgh Steelers||W 24–6||Heinz Field||4–9||CBS||12:00pm||58,551|
|15||December 15, 2002||Baltimore Ravens||L 23–19||Reliant Stadium||4–10||CBS||12:00pm||70,108|
|16||December 22, 2002||at Washington Redskins||L 26–10||FedExField||4–11||CBS||12:00pm||70,291|
|17||December 29, 2002||Tennessee Titans||L 13–3||Reliant Stadium||4–12||CBS||12:00pm||70,694|
Week 1: vs. Dallas Cowboys
Week 2: at San Diego Chargers
Week 3: vs. Indianapolis Colts
Week 4: at Philadelphia Eagles
Week 6: vs. Buffalo Bills
Week 7: at Cleveland Browns
Week 8: at Jacksonville Jaguars
Week 9: vs. Cincinnati Bengals
Week 10: at Tennessee Titans
Week 11: vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
Week 12: vs. New York Giants
at Reliant Stadium, Houston, Texas
Week 13: at Indianapolis Colts
Week 14: at Pittsburgh Steelers
Week 15: vs. Baltimore Ravens
Week 16: at Washington Redskins
Week 17: vs. Tennessee Titans
|(2) Tennessee Titans||11||5||0||.688||6–0||9–3||367||324||W5|
|(5) Indianapolis Colts||10||6||0||.625||4–2||8–4||349||313||W1|
Despite being in their first season, Football Outsiders calculated that the Texans were, play-for-play, the least successful team in the NFL in 2002. FO also stated that the 2002 Texans had the worst offense and third-worst run offense they have ever tracked.
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- -41.6 DVOA, Football Outsiders: 2002 TEAM EFFICIENCY RATINGS
- Football Outsiders – DVOA 7.0: Worst Teams Ever, from 1991–2011
- Better than only the 1991 Colts and 2005 Cardinals rushing teams, according to FO