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The 2003 Arizona Cardinals season was the franchise's 105th season, 84th season in the National Football League and the 16th in Arizona. The team was unable to improve upon their previous output of 5–11, instead winning only four games,[1] although this was not considered a disaster as before their win over the Packers there was talk the 2003 Cardinals would become the first NFL team to go 0–16.[2] For the fifth consecutive season, the franchise failed to reach the playoffs, and based on point differential had the worst record in the only NFL season where every team won at least four games.[3] This resulted in the Cardinals firing head coach Dave McGinnis and replacing him with Dennis Green. In his NFL debut, Anquan Boldin had 217 receiving yards.[4]

2003 Arizona Cardinals season
Head coachDave McGinnis
General managerRod Graves
OwnerBill Bidwill
Home fieldSun Devil Stadium
Results
Record4–12
Division place4th NFC West
Playoff finishdid not qualify
Pro BowlersWR Anquan Boldin

Contents

PersonnelEdit

StaffEdit

2003 Arizona Cardinals staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

  • Special Teams – Hank Kuhlmann
  • Special Teams Assistant/Def. Quality Control – Stan Kwan

Strength and conditioning

  • Strength and Conditioning – Bob Rogucki

Arizona Cardnals DraftEdit

2003 Arizona Cardinals draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 17 Bryant Johnson  WR Penn State
1 18 Calvin Pace  DE Wake Forest
2 54 Anquan Boldin *  WR Florida State
3 70 Gerald Hayes  LB Pittsburgh
5 141 Kenny King  DE Alabama
6 177 Reggie Wells  G Clarion
6 210 Tony Gilbert  LB Georgia
      Made roster    †   Pro Football Hall of Fame    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

RosterEdit

2003 Arizona Cardinals 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 seasonEdit

ScheduleEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 7, 2003 at Detroit Lions L 24–42
60,691
2 September 14, 2003 Seattle Seahawks L 0–38
23,127
3 September 21, 2003 Green Bay Packers W 20–13
58,784
4 September 28, 2003 at St. Louis Rams L 13–37
65,758
5 October 5, 2003 at Dallas Cowboys L 7–24
63,601
6 October 12, 2003 Baltimore Ravens L 18–26
24,193
7 Bye
8 October 26, 2003 San Francisco 49ers W 16–13
40,824
9 November 2, 2003 Cincinnati Bengals W 17–14
23,531
10 November 9, 2003 at Pittsburgh Steelers L 15–28
59,520
11 November 16, 2003 at Cleveland Browns L 6–44
72,908
12 November 23, 2003 St. Louis Rams L 27–30
42,089
13 November 30, 2003 at Chicago Bears L 3–28
61,550
14 December 7, 2003 at San Francisco 49ers L 14–50
66,975
15 December 14, 2003 Carolina Panthers L 17–20
23,217
16 December 21, 2003 at Seattle Seahawks L 10–28
64,899
17 December 28, 2003 Minnesota Vikings W 18–17
52,734

Week 17Edit

Minnesota Vikings (9–6) at Arizona Cardinals (3–12)
1 2 34Total
Vikings 0 0 71017
Cardinals 3 3 01218

at Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe, Arizona

The Cardinals knocked the Vikings out of a playoff berth.

StandingsEdit

NFC West
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(2) St. Louis Rams 12 4 0 .750 4–2 8–4 447 328 L1
(5) Seattle Seahawks 10 6 0 .625 5–1 8–4 404 327 W2
San Francisco 49ers 7 9 0 .438 2–4 6–6 384 337 L1
Arizona Cardinals 4 12 0 .250 1–5 3–9 225 452 W1

Awards and honorsEdit

  • Anquan Boldin, Associated Press Offensive Rookie of the Year[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ 2003 Arizona Cardinals
  2. ^ Bouchette, Ed; “NFC Notebook: Cardinals primed for 0–16?” in Post-Gazette Sports Writer; September 21, 2003
  3. ^ See 2011 NFL Record and Fact Book; pp. 367–392 ISBN 1603208879
  4. ^ a b Sports Illustrated, October 27, 2008, p.24, Vol. 109, No. 16