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2003 Detroit Lions season
Head Coach Steve Mariucci
General Manager Matt Millen
Home Field Ford Field
Results
Record 5–11
Place 4th NFC North
Playoff Finish Did not qualify
Uniform
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Timeline
Previous season Next season
2002 2004

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

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.

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]

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

RosterEdit

2003 Detroit Lions 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, who had finished fourth in the NFC South in 2002, and the Dallas Cowboys, who had finished fourth in the NFC East in 2002.

Week Date Opponent Result Network Kickoff (EST) Attendance
1 September 7, 2003 Arizona Cardinals W 42–24 FOX 1:00pm
60,691
2 September 14, 2003 at Green Bay Packers L 31–6 FOX 1:00pm
70,244
3 September 21, 2003 Minnesota Vikings L 23–13 FOX 1:00pm
60,865
4 September 28, 2003 at Denver Broncos L 20–16 FOX 4:15pm
75,719
5 October 5, 2003 at San Francisco 49ers L 24–17 FOX 4:15pm
67,365
6 Bye
7 October 19, 2003 Dallas Cowboys L 38–7 FOX 1:00pm
61,160
8 October 26, 2003 at Chicago Bears L 24–16 FOX 1:00pm
61,428
9 November 2, 2003 Oakland Raiders W 23–13 CBS 1:00pm
61,561
10 November 9, 2003 Chicago Bears W 12–10 FOX 1:00pm
61,492
11 November 16, 2003 at Seattle Seahawks L 35–14 FOX 4:15pm
65,865
12 November 23, 2003 at Minnesota Vikings L 24–14 FOX 1:00pm
63,946
13 November 27, 2003 Green Bay Packers W 22–14 FOX 12:30pm
62,123
14 December 7, 2003 San Diego Chargers L 14–7 CBS 1:00pm
61,544
15 December 14, 2003 at Kansas City Chiefs L 45–17 FOX 1:00pm
77,922
16 December 21, 2003 at Carolina Panthers L 20–14 FOX 1:00pm
72,835
17 December 28, 2003 St. Louis Rams W 30–20 FOX 1:00pm
61,006

Game summariesEdit

Week 1Edit

by Quarter1234 Total
Cardinals 7 7 10 0 24
Lions 7 7 14 14 42

[2]


Week 9Edit

by Quarter1234 Total
Raiders 0 3 7 3 13
• Lions 10 0 7 6 23

[3]



StandingsEdit

NFC North
view · talk · edit W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
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

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