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1997 New Orleans Saints (NFL) 4th place National Football Conference Western Division 6-10-0 .375
Head Coach: Mike Ditka
Offensive CoordinatorDanny Abramowicz
Special TeamsBobby April, Jr.
QuarterbacksTom Clements
Defensive LineWalt Corey
Assistant Strength and ConditioningJack Del Rio
Offensive AssistantJudd Garrett
Wide ReceiversHarold Jackson
Running BacksTom Moore
Tight EndsDan Neal
Defensive AssistantJohn Pagano
Defensive BacksWillie Shaw
Offensive LineDick Stanfel
Assistant Head Coach/LinebackersRick Venturi
Defensive CoordinatorZaven Yaralian
DayDateOpponentScoreLocationVenueAttendanceNotes
Sat8/2/1997ATennessee Oilers21-12WMemphis, TNLiberty Bowl22811
Sat8/9/1997HKansas City Chiefs26-7WNew Orleans, LALouisiana Superdome55211
Sat8/16/1997AOakland Raiders16-18LOakland, CAOakland-Alameda County Coliseum36771
Fri8/22/1997AChicago Bears13-7WChicago, ILSoldier Field58656
Sun8/31/1997ASt. Louis Rams24-38LSt. Louis, MOTrans World Dome64575
Sun9/7/1997HSan Diego Chargers6-20LNew Orleans, LALouisiana Superdome65760
Sun9/14/1997ASan Francisco 49ers7-33LSan Francisco, CA3Com Park61838
Sun9/21/1997HDetroit Lions35-17WNew Orleans, LALouisiana Superdome50016
Sun9/28/1997ANew York Giants9-14LEast Rutherford, NJGiants Stadium68891
Sun10/5/1997AChicago Bears20-17WChicago, ILSoldier Field58865
Sun10/12/1997HAtlanta Falcons17-23LNew Orleans, LALouisiana Superdome65619
Sun10/19/1997HCarolina Panthers0-13LNew Orleans, LALouisiana Superdome50963
Sun10/26/1997HSan Francisco 49ers0-23LNew Orleans, LALouisiana Superdome60443
Sun11/9/1997AOakland Raiders13-10WOakland, CAOakland-Alameda County Coliseum40091
Sun11/16/1997HSeattle Seahawks20-17WOTNew Orleans, LALouisiana Superdome50493
Sun11/23/1997AAtlanta Falcons3-20LAtlanta, GAGeorgia Dome48620
Sun11/30/1997ACarolina Panthers16-13WCharlotte, NCEricsson Stadium57957
Sun12/7/1997HSt. Louis Rams27-34LNew Orleans, LALouisiana Superdome54803
Sun12/14/1997HArizona Cardinals27-10WNew Orleans, LALouisiana Superdome45517
Sun12/21/1997AKansas City Chiefs13-25LKansas City, MOArrowhead Stadium66772
Non-league game. Playoff game. A=Away game. H=Home game. N=Neutral site game. W=Win. L=Loss. T=Tie. OT=Overtime.
NoPlayerPosHtWtAgeCollegeGPGS
69Tom AckermanC-OG6'429325Eastern Washington140
27Vashone AdamsS5'1019824Fort Hays State; Butte JC; Eastern Michigan54
50Ink AleagaLB6'124124Washington31
21Eric AllenRCB5'1018332Arizona State1616
51Derrick BarnesLB6'126123Oregon10
24Mario BatesHB6'222724Arizona State127
19Brett BechWR6'118426Louisiana State100
40Wes BenderFB5'1023027Glendale CC; Southern California110
10Doug BrienK6'018327California160
37Je'rod CherryCB-S6'120624California160
53Don DavisLB6'123625Kansas110
73Ike DavisOG6'332025Arkansas32
28Troy DavisRB5'719122Iowa State167
56Ernest DixonLB6'125026South Carolina150
87John FarquharTE6'627825Duke118
55Mark FieldsRLB6'224425Los Angeles Southwest JC; Washington State1615
62Jerry FontenotC6'330031Texas A&M1616
60Kendall GammonC6'426629Pittsburg State160
97La'roi GloverDT6'228623San Diego State152
38Donovan GreerCB5'917823Texas A&M61
84Eric GulifordWR5'817028Arizona State162
52Richard HarveyLLB6'123831Tulane1413
88Andre HastingsWR6'119027Georgia1616
89Mercury HayesWR5'1119524Michigan40
23Chris HewittS6'021023Cincinnati112
81Randal HillWR5'1017828Miami (Florida)1515
76Keno HillsOG-OT6'630524Kent State; Louisiana-Lafayette96
80Daryl HobbsWR6'218029Santa Monica JC; Pacific40
12Billy Joe HobertQB6'323026Washington54
94Joe JohnsonRDE6'427225Louisville1616
86Tony JohnsonTE6'525525Alabama71
74Clarence JonesROT6'629029Maryland1515
33Rob KellyS6'019923Ohio State162
61Ed KingOG6'430328Auburn20
29Sammy KnightFS6'021122Southern California1612
93Wayne MartinLDT6'527332Arkansas1616
67Andy McCollumLOG6'429827Toledo1616
44Fred McCraryFB6'024025Mississippi State70
92Darren MickellLDE6'528527Florida1413
59Keith MitchellLB6'224223Texas A&M162
25Alex MoldenLCB5'1019024Oregon1615
65Chris NaeoleOG6'331723Colorado40
30Anthony NewmanSS6'020532Oregon1212
13Doug NussmeierQB6'321127Idaho31
83Keith PooleWR6'019123Arizona State30
77Willie RoafLOT6'531227Louisiana Tech1616
95Austin RobbinsDT6'629026North Carolina120
3Mark RoyalsP6'521832Chowan JC; Appalachian State160
99Pio SagapoluteleRDT6'629728San Diego State1413
85Nicky SavoieTE6'525324Gulf Coast JC; Louisiana State10
5Heath ShulerQB6'221626Tennessee109
71Ricky SiglarOT6'730831Arizona Western JC; San Jose State161
91Brady SmithDE6'526924Colorado State162
82Irv SmithTE6'325726Notre Dame118
90Jared TomichDE6'226923Nebraska161
54Winfred TubbsMLB6'425527Texas1616
86Gunnard TwynerWR5'1016524Western Illinois20
66Mike VerstegenROG6'631126Wisconsin148
26Mickey WashingtonCB5'919129Texas A&M162
7Danny WuerffelQB6'121223Florida72
34Ray ZellarsFB5'1123324Notre Dame1616
DRAFT LISTRoundOverallPosCollegeNotes
Chris Naeole110GColoradofrom OAK
Rob Kelly233DBOhio State
Jared Tomich239DENebraskafrom OAK
Troy Davis362RBIowa State
Danny Wuerffel499QBFlorida
Keith Poole4116WRArizona Statefrom KC/TEN
Nicky Savoie6165TELouisiana Statefrom ATL/TEN
SCORING BY QUARTERS1st2nd3rd4thOT
Team Totals227638983
Opponents Totals7010751990
TEAM STATSTOP1ST DOWNSRushPassPen3RD DOWNAttPct4TH DOWNAttPctPENYDS
Team Totals27:4722978127245420726.1142263.6101811
Opponents Totals32:13280951681710225240.571258.3110895
SCORINGTDX1X1APCTX2X2AFGFGAPCTSAFPTS
Doug Brien02222100.000232785.2091
Andre Hastings5001100032
Mario Bates4000000024
Ray Zellars4000100024
Eric Guliford2000000012
Randal Hill2000000012
Keith Poole2000000012
John Farquhar100000006
Mark Fields100000006
Daryl Hobbs100000006
Heath Shuler100000006
Irv Smith100000006
Team Totals242222100.012232785.20237
Opponents Totals353333100.002283677.80327
FIELD GOALSMADEATTPCT1-1920-2930-3940-4950+
Doug Brien232785.21/12/210/106/94/5
Team Totals232785.21/12/210/106/94/5
Opponents Totals283677.80/08/912/146/112/2
RUSHINGATTYDSAVGLGTDFDG20+G40+FUM
Ray Zellars1565523.527430106
Mario Bates1194403.774t422222
Troy Davis752713.620012102
Heath Shuler22381.7813004
Billy Joe Hobert12363.01503001
Andre Hastings4358.82702100
Doug Nussmeier8303.81504001
Danny Wuerffel6264.31001000
Fred McCrary8151.9800000
Randal Hill11111.01101000
Wes Bender591.8600001
Eric Guliford1-2-2.0-200000
Team Totals41714613.574t9785216
Opponents Totals49617643.65011956112
PASSINGATTCOMPCTINCYDSY/ATTY/COMLGTDTD%INTINT%TSYLNYPFDG20+G40+RTG
Billy Joe Hobert1316146.6628916.814.64964.686.14298624016359.0
Heath Shuler20310652.28312886.312.289t21.0146.92113211565614246.6
Danny Wuerffel914246.2415185.712.34744.488.818116402226242.3
Doug Nussmeier321856.3111835.710.22400.039.463215182033.7
Mario Bates11100.002121.021.021t1100.000.00021110158.3
Randal Hill0000018-8000
Team Totals45822849.819729016.312.789t132.8337.250317258412739749.4
Opponents Totals51829356.620932896.311.252214.1163.159408288116841476.3
RECEIVINGRECYDSAVGLGTDFDG20+G40+FUM
Randal Hill5576113.889t233740
Andre Hastings4872215.0395341400
Ray Zellars312638.53806100
Eric Guliford2736213.447120310
John Farquhar1725314.942110610
Irv Smith1718010.62518301
Troy Davis13856.51804000
Mario Bates5428.41502000
Keith Poole49824.54924210
Fred McCrary4174.31101000
Brett Bech35016.72202100
Daryl Hobbs24120.52112200
Nicky Savoie11414.01401000
Tony Johnson11313.01300001
Team Totals228290112.789t131273972
Opponents Totals293328911.252211684147
INTERCEPTIONSINTYDSAVGLGTD
Sammy Knight57515.0390
Anthony Newman3196.3170
Mickey Washington23015.0300
Eric Allen22713.5270
Winfred Tubbs22110.5150
Rob Kelly11515.0150
Richard Harvey177.070
Team Totals1619412.1390
Opponents Totals3334210.444t1
PUNTINGNOYDSAVGLGBLTBI20OOBDNRYDSNYDSNET
Mark Royals88403845.9660132138706307234.9
Team Totals88403845.9660132138706307234.9
Opponents Totals92366839.9621727496303233.0
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PUNT RETURNSNOFCYDSAVGLGTDG20+G40+FUM
Eric Guliford472649810.6320601
Andre Hastings10-2-2.0-20001
Team Totals482649610.3320602
Opponents Totals501470614.182t1
KICKOFFSNOYDSAVGOBTBRETRETYTDOSAOSR
Doug Brien62399264.428511139010
Team Totals62399264.428511139010
Opponents Totals5813741
KICKOFF RETURNSNOFCYDSAVGLGTDG20+G40+FUM
Eric Guliford430112826.2102t13531
Troy Davis9017319.2290401
Brett Bech304715.7300100
Fred McCrary202613.0150000
Jared Tomich1000.000001
Team Totals580137423.7102t14033
Opponents Totals510113922.3590
SACKSNOYDS
Wayne Martin10.5
Joe Johnson8.5
Mark Fields8.0
La'Roi Glover6.5
Brady Smith5.0
Keith Mitchell4.0
Alex Molden4.0
Darren Mickell3.5
Richard Harvey3.0
Winfred Tubbs2.5
Pio Sagapolutele2.0
Jared Tomich1.0
Ernest Dixon0.5
Team Totals59.0408.0
Opponents Totals50.0317.0
FUMBLESNOLOSTOWNOPPRECYDSTD
Mario Bates200000
Brett Bech0001100
Wes Bender100000
Troy Davis300000
Mark Fields00022281
Jerry Fontenot300000
La'roi Glover0001100
Eric Guliford210100
Richard Harvey0001100
Andre Hastings100000
Chris Hewitt0001100
Randal Hill0010100
Billy Joe Hobert200000
Joe Johnson0001100
Tony Johnson100000
Clarence Jones0020200
Sammy Knight0001100
Wayne Martin0001100
Darren Mickell00011110
Alex Molden0002200
Anthony Newman0001100
Doug Nussmeier1000-40
Heath Shuler8303-200
Irv Smith100000
Jared Tomich110100
Winfred Tubbs0002200
Danny Wuerffel220200
Ray Zellars620200
Team Totals3422121527151
Opponents Totals31151422361
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