2003 Oakland Raiders season
The 2003 Oakland Raiders season was the 44th season of professional football for the Oakland Raiders franchise, their 34th season as members of the National Football League, and their eighth season since returning to Oakland. They were led by head coach Bill Callahan in his second and final year as head coach of the Raiders. The Raiders played their home games at Network Associates Coliseum as members of the AFC West. They finished the season 4–12 to finish in a tie for last place. It marked the first time since 1999 that the Raiders failed to make the playoffs.
|2003 Oakland Raiders season|
|Head coach||Bill Callahan|
|General manager||Al Davis|
|Home field||Network Associates Coliseum|
|Division place||3rd AFC West|
|Playoff finish||did not qualify|
Quarterback Rich Gannon, who had been the league MVP the previous season, injured his shoulder in seventh game of the season and was put on injured reserve for the remainder of the season. He was replaced by Marques Tuiasosopo and Rick Mirer. Bill Callahan described the Raiders that year as "The most dumbest team in America." The Raiders had a five-game losing streak in the middle of the season and lost seven games by a touchdown or less. Their 4–12 record tied them with the Chargers, Giants, and Cardinals as the worst team in football in 2003 and they received the second pick in the 2004 NFL Draft.
The 2003 season marked a turning point in Oakland Raider history, as it started a long period of futility and decline for the team. From 2003 to 2015, the Raiders failed to make the playoffs or have a winning season.
The Raiders finished the 2002 season 11–5 to win the AFC West. As the No. 1 seed in the AFC playoffs, they defeated the Jets and Titans to advance to their first Super Bowl since 1984, where they were blown out by the Buccaneers who were led by former Raider head coach Jon Gruden.
|2003 Oakland Raiders draft|
|1||31||Nnamdi Asomugha *||CB||California|
|3||83||Sam Williams||LB||Fresno State|
|4||129||Shurron Pierson||DE||South Florida|
|7||246||Siddeeq Shabazz||SS||New Mexico State|
|7||262||Ryan Hoag||WR||Gustavus Adolphus|
|Pro Football Hall of Fame Made at least one Pro Bowl during careerMade roster|
|2003 Oakland Raiders staff|
Special Teams Coaches
Strength and Conditioning
|2003 Oakland Raiders roster|
Schedule and resultsEdit
|Week||Date||Opponent||Result||TV Time||Game Site||Attendance||Record|
|1||September 7, 2003||at Tennessee Titans||L 20–25||ESPN 5:30 pm||The Coliseum||0–1|
|2||September 14, 2003||Cincinnati Bengals||W 23–20||CBS 1:15 pm||Network Associates Coliseum||1–1|
|3||September 22, 2003||at Denver Broncos||L 10–31||ABC 6:00 pm||Invesco Field at Mile High||1–2|
|4||September 28, 2003||San Diego Chargers||W 34–31 (OT)||CBS 1:05 pm||Network Associates Coliseum||2–2|
|5||October 5, 2003||at Chicago Bears||L 21–24||CBS 10:00 am||Soldier Field||2–3|
|6||October 12, 2003||at Cleveland Browns||L 7–13||CBS 10:00 am||Cleveland Browns Stadium||2–4|
|7||October 20, 2003||Kansas City Chiefs||L 10–17||ABC 6:00 pm||Network Associates Coliseum||2–5|
|9||November 2, 2003||at Detroit Lions||L 13–23||CBS 10:00 am||Ford Field||2–6|
|10||November 9, 2003||New York Jets||L 24–27 (OT)||CBS 1:15 pm||Network Associates Coliseum||2–7|
|11||November 16, 2003||Minnesota Vikings||W 28–18||FOX 1:15 pm||Network Associates Coliseum||3–7|
|12||November 23, 2003||at Kansas City Chiefs||L 24–27||CBS 1:15 pm||Arrowhead Stadium||3–8|
|13||November 30, 2003||Denver Broncos||L 8–22||CBS 1:15 pm||Network Associates Coliseum||3–9|
|14||December 7, 2003||at Pittsburgh Steelers||L 7–27||CBS 10:00 am||Heinz Field||3–10|
|15||December 14, 2003||Baltimore Ravens||W 20–12||CBS 1:05 pm||Network Associates Coliseum||4–10|
|16||December 22, 2003||Green Bay Packers||L 7–41||ABC 6:00 pm||Network Associates Coliseum||4–11|
|17||December 28, 2003||at San Diego Chargers||L 14–21||CBS 1:15 pm||QUALCOMM Stadium||4–12|
|(2) Kansas City Chiefs||13||3||0||.813||5–1||10–2||484||332||W1|
|(6) Denver Broncos||10||6||0||.625||5–1||9–3||381||301||L1|
|San Diego Chargers||4||12||0||.250||1–5||2–10||313||441||W1|
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