2003 Detroit Lions season

The 2003 Detroit Lions season was the 74th season in franchise history.

2003 Detroit Lions season
Head coachSteve Mariucci
General managerMatt Millen
OwnerWilliam Clay Ford, Sr.
Home fieldFord Field
Results
Record5–11
Division place4th NFC North
Playoff finishDid not qualify
Pro BowlersCB Dre Bly
Uniform
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Prior to the season, the Lions hired Steve Mariucci, who was well known for his tenure with the San Francisco 49ers, as their head coach. He spent two and a half seasons with the Lions until his firing in November 2005.

The season saw the team draft Charles Rogers with the second overall pick in the 2003 NFL Draft. However, on-and-off the field issues, and later injuries, interrupted his career. He was released by the Lions in 2006, and immediately went out of the NFL. Much like quarterback Ryan Leaf, Rogers remains one of the biggest draft busts in the contemporary NFL.

OffseasonEdit

NFL DraftEdit

2003 Detroit Lions draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 2 Charles Rogers  WR Michigan State
2 34 Boss Bailey  LB Georgia
3 66 Cory Redding  DT Texas
4 99 Artose Pinner  RB Kentucky
5 137 Terrence Holt  S NC State
5 144 James Davis  LB West Virginia
6 175 David Kircus  WR Grand Valley State
7 216 Ben Johnson  OT Wisconsin
7 220 Blue Adams  CB Cincinnati From Arizona
7 236 Brandon Drumm  RB Colorado From Cleveland via San Diego and Dallas
7 260 Travis Anglin  WR Memphis supplemental compensatory
      Made roster    †   Pro Football Hall of Fame    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

PersonnelEdit

StaffEdit

2003 Detroit Lions staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning

  • Strength and Conditioning – Jason Arapoff
  • Assistant Strength and Conditioning – Malcolm Blacken

[1]

RosterEdit

2003 Detroit Lions 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

ScheduleEdit

In addition to their regular games with NFC North divisional rivals, the Lions played teams from the NFC West and AFC West according to the NFL’s schedule rotation, and also played games against the Carolina Panthers and Dallas Cowboys, who had finished fourth in their respective divisions in 2002.

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 7 Arizona Cardinals W 42–24
60,691
2 September 14 at Green Bay Packers L 31–6
70,244
3 September 21 Minnesota Vikings L 23–13
60,865
4 September 28 at Denver Broncos L 20–16
75,719
5 October 5 at San Francisco 49ers L 24–17
67,365
6 Bye
7 October 19 Dallas Cowboys L 38–7
61,160
8 October 26 at Chicago Bears L 24–16
61,428
9 November 2 Oakland Raiders W 23–13
61,561
10 November 9 Chicago Bears W 12–10
61,492
11 November 16, at Seattle Seahawks L 35–14
65,865
12 November 23 at Minnesota Vikings L 24–14
63,946
13 November 27 Green Bay Packers W 22–14
62,123
14 December 7 San Diego Chargers L 14–7
61,544
15 December 14 at Kansas City Chiefs L 45–17
77,922
16 December 21 at Carolina Panthers L 20–14
72,835
17 December 28 St. Louis Rams W 30–20
61,006

Game summariesEdit

Week 1Edit

1 234Total
Cardinals 7 7100 24
Lions 7 71414 42

[2]

Week 9Edit

1 234Total
Raiders 0 373 13
• Lions 10 076 23

[3]

StandingsEdit

NFC North
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(4) Green Bay Packers 10 6 0 .625 4–2 7–5 442 307 W4
Minnesota Vikings 9 7 0 .563 4–2 7–5 416 353 L1
Chicago Bears 7 9 0 .438 2–4 4–8 283 346 L1
Detroit Lions 5 11 0 .313 2–4 4–8 270 379 W1

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Administration and Coaches". 2003 Detroit Lions Media Guide. pp. 4–29.
  2. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com
  3. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com

External linksEdit