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1971 New Orleans Saints

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4-8-2, Finished 4th in NFC West Division  · 1971 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -2.7, Offense: 1.4, Defense: -4.1, SoS: 3.0, avg is 0.0.

Scored 266 points (19.0/g), 15th of 26 in the NFL. Allowed 347 points (24.8/g), 24th.
 Differential of -81 points (-5.8/g), 20th.  Expected W-L: 4.9-9.1.

Coach: J.D. Roberts (4-8-2)

Stadium: Tulane Stadium
 Training Camp: University of Southern Mississippi (Hattiesburg, Mississippi)

Starters

Hide Non-primary Starters · ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Pos Player Age Yrs GS Summary of Player Stats Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
 Offensive Starters
QB Archie Manning 22 Rook 10 86 for 177, 1,164 yards, 6 td, 9 int, & 33 rushes for 172 yards and 4 td New Orleans Saints / 1st / 2nd pick / 1971
RB Bob Gresham 23 Rook 4 127 rushes for 383 yards, 6 td, & 17 catches for 203 yards and 0 td New Orleans Saints / 8th / 201st pick / 1971
FB Jim Strong 25 1 7 95 rushes for 404 yards, 3 td, & 16 catches for 78 yards and 0 td San Francisco 49ers / 7th / 165th pick / 1970
WR Danny Abramowicz 26 4 14 37 catches for 657 yards, 5 td New Orleans Saints / 17th / 420th pick / 1967
WR Al Dodd 26 4 9 15 catches for 298 yards, 0 td, & 1 rush for 7 yards and 0 td Chicago Bears / 4th / 90th pick / 1967
TE Dave Parks 30 7 13 35 catches for 568 yards, 5 td, & 2 rushes for -2 yards and 0 td San Francisco 49ers / 1st / 1st pick / 1964
San Diego Chargers / 4th / 32nd pick / 1964
LT Don Morrison 22 Rook 14 1 fumble recovered New Orleans Saints / 4th / 98th pick / 1971
LG Jake Kupp 30 7 14 1 fumble recovered Dallas Cowboys / 9th / 116th pick / 1964
C John Didion 24 2 14 Washington Redskins / 7th / 173rd pick / 1969
RG Del Williams 26 4 14 1 fumble recovered New Orleans Saints / 3rd / 79th pick / 1967
RT Glen Ray Hines 28 5 14 St. Louis Cardinals / 6th / 82nd pick / 1965
 Defensive Starters
LDE Richard Neal 24 2 13 0 interceptions, 4 fumbles recovered New Orleans Saints / 2nd / 45th pick / 1969
LDT Bob Pollard 23 Rook 14 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered New Orleans Saints / 11th / 262nd pick / 1971
RDT Dave Long 27 5 14 0 interceptions, 4 fumbles recovered St. Louis Cardinals / 3rd / 43rd pick / 1966
Houston Oilers / 6th / 45th pick / 1966
RDE Joe Owens 25 1 10 0 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered New Orleans Saints / 9th / 215th pick / 1969
LLB Tom Roussel 26 3 3 Washington Redskins / 2nd / 38th pick / 1968
MLB Jim Flanigan 26 4 12 1 interception, 1 fumble recovered Green Bay Packers / 2nd / 51st pick / 1967
RLB Wayne Colman 25 3 14 1 interception, 2 fumbles recovered
LCB Dee Martin 22 Rook 14 3 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered New Orleans Saints / 4th / 91st pick / 1971
RCB Delles Howell 23 1 13 5 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered New Orleans Saints / 4th / 88th pick / 1970
SS Hugo Hollas 26 1 14 5 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered
FS Doug Wyatt 25 1 8 4 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered New Orleans Saints / 17th / 426th pick / 1970
 Special Teams Starters
K Charlie Durkee 27 4 0 16 of 23 field goals & 24 of 25 extra points
P Julian Fagan 23 1 0 77 punts for a 41.4 average, 0 blocked Houston Oilers / 17th / 430th pick / 1970
PR Al Dodd 26 4 9 13 punt returns for a 6.8 average and 0 td Chicago Bears / 4th / 90th pick / 1967
KR Virgil Robinson 24 Rook 2 19 kick returns for a 23.3 average and 0 td Green Bay Packers / 2nd / 46th pick / 1971

Roster

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
46 Danny Abramowicz 26 WR 14 14 195 6-1 Xavier (OH) 7/13/1945 4 9 New Orleans Saints / 17th / 420th pick / 1967
53 Dick Absher 27 14 1 230 6-4 Maryland 4/19/1944 4 3 Philadelphia Eagles / 5th / 125th pick / 1967
38 Tony Baker 26 4 3 229 5-11 Iowa St. 2/16/1945 3 2
34 Carlos Bell 24 1 0 238 6-5 Houston 9/21/1947 Rook 0 New Orleans Saints / 4th / 82nd pick / 1971
36 Don Burchfield 22 14 1 233 6-3 Ball St. 3/17/1949 Rook 0 New Orleans Saints / 13th / 314th pick / 1971
3 Skip Butler 24 2 0 201 6-1 Texas-Arlington 10/21/1947 Rook -1 Green Bay Packers / 4th / 96th pick / 1970
59 Wayne Colman 25 RLB 14 14 230 6-2 Temple 4/13/1946 3 5
60 Carl Cunningham 27 13 11 230 6-4 Houston 7/23/1944 4 2 Denver Broncos / 4th / 85th pick / 1967
51 John Didion 24 C 14 14 245 6-4 Oregon St. 10/24/1947 2 7 Washington Redskins / 7th / 173rd pick / 1969
25 Al Dodd 26 PR 10 9 185 6-0 NW State (LA) 8/21/1945 4 4 Chicago Bears / 4th / 90th pick / 1967
15 Charlie Durkee 27 K 12 0 165 5-11 Oklahoma St. 6/25/1944 4 3
84 Larry Estes 25 8 5 255 6-6 Alcorn St. 12/9/1946 1 2 New Orleans Saints / 8th / 192nd pick / 1970
10 Julian Fagan 23 P 14 0 205 6-3 Mississippi 2/21/1948 1 2 Houston Oilers / 17th / 430th pick / 1970
55 Jim Flanigan 26 MLB 14 12 240 6-3 Pittsburgh 4/15/1945 4 5 Green Bay Packers / 2nd / 51st pick / 1967
28 James Ford 22 9 7 200 6-0 Texas Southern 9/11/1949 Rook 5 Dallas Cowboys / 13th / 337th pick / 1971
77 Dan Goich 27 10 0 240 6-4 California 4/30/1944 2 2 St. Louis Cardinals / 8th / 121st pick / 1966
40 Hoyle Granger 27 14 4 225 6-1 Mississippi St. 3/7/1944 5 2 Houston Oilers / 5th / 37th pick / 1966
Baltimore Colts / 4th / 63rd pick / 1966
35 Bob Gresham 23 RB 13 4 195 5-11 West Virginia 7/9/1948 Rook 7 New Orleans Saints / 8th / 201st pick / 1971
14 Ed Hargett 24 qb 14 4 185 5-11 Texas A&M 6/26/1947 2 6 New Orleans Saints / 16th / 397th pick / 1969
30 Billy Harris 25 1 1 204 6-2 Colorado 1/17/1946 3 0 Atlanta Falcons / 13th / 329th pick / 1968
26 Richard Harvey 26 3 0 190 6-2 Jackson St. 10/22/1945 1 2 Los Angeles Rams / 8th / 203rd pick / 1969
64 Ray Hester 22 14 0 215 6-2 Tulane 3/31/1949 Rook 3
78 Glen Ray Hines 28 RT 14 14 265 6-5 Arkansas 10/26/1943 5 7 St. Louis Cardinals / 6th / 82nd pick / 1965
70 Sam Holden 24 9 0 258 6-3 Southern Illinois,Grambling St. 2/24/1947 Rook 3 New Orleans Saints / 2nd / 31st pick / 1971
18 Hugo Hollas 26 SS 14 14 190 6-1 Rice 11/30/1945 1 5
20 Delles Howell 23 RCB 14 13 200 6-3 Grambling St. 8/22/1948 1 5 New Orleans Saints / 4th / 88th pick / 1970
52 John Huard 27 1 1 228 6-0 Maine 3/9/1944 4 2 Denver Broncos / 5th / 113th pick / 1967
43 Dave Kopay 29 10 0 218 6-0 Washington 6/28/1942 7 0
50 Jake Kupp 30 LG 14 14 248 6-3 Washington 3/12/1941 7 7 Dallas Cowboys / 9th / 116th pick / 1964
11 Bivian Lee 23 14 1 200 6-3 Prairie View 8/3/1948 Rook 2 New Orleans Saints / 3rd / 54th pick / 1971
89 Dave Long 27 RDT 14 14 245 6-4 Iowa 9/6/1944 5 5 St. Louis Cardinals / 3rd / 43rd pick / 1966
Houston Oilers / 6th / 45th pick / 1966
8 Archie Manning 22 QB 12 10 212 6-3 Mississippi 5/19/1949 Rook 7 New Orleans Saints / 1st / 2nd pick / 1971
22 Dee Martin 22 LCB 14 14 190 6-1 Kentucky St. 3/28/1949 Rook 5 New Orleans Saints / 4th / 91st pick / 1971
74 Doug Mooers 24 4 0 265 6-6 Whittier 3/11/1947 Rook 2
21 Reynaud Moore 22 14 6 190 6-2 UCLA 10/17/1949 Rook 2
76 Don Morrison 22 LT 14 14 255 6-5 Texas-Arlington 12/16/1949 Rook 7 New Orleans Saints / 4th / 98th pick / 1971
87 Richard Neal 24 LDE 14 13 260 6-3 Southern 9/27/1947 2 5 New Orleans Saints / 2nd / 45th pick / 1969
41 Bob Newland 23 14 5 190 6-2 Oregon 10/27/1948 Rook 4 New Orleans Saints / 7th / 172nd pick / 1971
72 Joe Owens 25 RDE 14 10 245 6-2 Alcorn St. 11/8/1946 1 5 New Orleans Saints / 9th / 215th pick / 1969
83 Dave Parks 30 TE 14 13 220 6-2 Texas Tech 12/25/1941 7 8 San Francisco 49ers / 1st / 1st pick / 1964
San Diego Chargers / 4th / 32nd pick / 1964
82 Bob Pollard 23 LDT 14 14 250 6-3 Texas Southern,Weber St. 12/30/1948 Rook 4 New Orleans Saints / 11th / 262nd pick / 1971
65 Remi Prudhomme 29 14 0 250 6-4 LSU 4/24/1942 5 4 St. Louis Cardinals / 3rd / 37th pick / 1964
Buffalo Bills / 14th / 108th pick / 1964
47 Virgil Robinson 24 KR 11 2 195 5-11 Grambling St. 11/2/1947 Rook 2 Green Bay Packers / 2nd / 46th pick / 1971
54 Tom Roussel 26 LLB 7 3 235 6-3 Southern Miss 1/20/1945 3 4 Washington Redskins / 2nd / 38th pick / 1968
67 John Shinners 24 14 0 255 6-3 Xavier (OH) 3/1/1947 2 4 New Orleans Saints / 1st / 17th pick / 1969
42 Jim Strong 25 FB 14 7 215 6-1 Houston 12/12/1946 1 5 San Francisco 49ers / 7th / 165th pick / 1970
80 Mike Walker 22 5 0 235 6-4 Tulane 11/7/1949 Rook 2 Minnesota Vikings / 11th / 284th pick / 1971
61 Del Williams 26 RG 14 14 240 6-2 Florida St. 11/9/1945 4 7 New Orleans Saints / 3rd / 79th pick / 1967
23 Doug Wyatt 25 FS 12 8 195 6-1 Tulsa 10/18/1946 1 5 New Orleans Saints / 17th / 426th pick / 1970
Team Total 25.0 14 222.1 6-2.3 2.1