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1972 New Orleans Saints

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2-11-1, Finished 4th in NFC West Division  · 1972 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -10.2, Offense: -5.3, Defense: -5.0, SoS: 0.2, avg is 0.0.

Scored 215 points (15.4/g), 22nd of 26 in the NFL. Allowed 361 points (25.8/g), 23rd.
 Differential of -146 points (-10.4/g), 23rd.  Expected W-L: 3.2-10.8.

Coach: J.D. Roberts (2-11-1)

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

Team Info

General Manager Richard Gordon
President/Majority Shareholder John Mecom Jr.
Defensive Alignment 4-3

Team Stats and Rankings

Tot Yds & TO Passing Rushing
Pts Yds Ply Y/P TO FL 1stPy 1stD Cmp Att Yds TD Int NY/A 1stD Att Yds TD Y/A 1stD
Team Offense 215 3664 829 4.4 37 16 20 226 230 449 2434 18 21 4.9 123 337 1230 5 3.6 83
Team Defense 361 4491 873 5.1 27 13 15 251 213 367 2402 21 14 6.1 129 482 2089 15 4.3 107
Lg Rank Offense 22 20 19 16 19 1 6 10 16 19 26 25 25 23
Lg Rank Defense 23 21 19 17 20 21 22 25 20 19 17 19 17 18

Team Games & Schedule

Score Offense Defense
Week Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 17 boxscore L 0-1 @ Los Angeles Rams 14 34 20 287 218 69 2 20 393 139 254 1
2 Mon September 25 boxscore L 0-2 Kansas City Chiefs 17 20 10 152 93 59 20 324 185 139 4
3 Sun October 1 boxscore L 0-3 San Francisco 49ers 2 37 8 84 77 7 7 14 318 192 126 3
4 Sun October 8 boxscore L 0-4 @ New York Giants 21 45 15 286 228 58 6 20 357 149 208 2
5 Sun October 15 boxscore L 0-5 Atlanta Falcons 14 21 8 121 20 101 3 17 322 175 147 5
6 Sun October 22 boxscore T 0-5-1 @ San Francisco 49ers 20 20 19 367 273 94 2 14 340 274 66 3
7 Sun October 29 boxscore W 1-5-1 Philadelphia Eagles 21 3 23 432 284 148 1 13 209 57 152 3
8 Sun November 5 boxscore L 1-6-1 @ Minnesota Vikings 6 37 16 270 147 123 4 23 381 233 148 1
9 Sun November 12 boxscore L 1-7-1 @ Atlanta Falcons 20 36 19 264 155 109 2 21 352 163 189 1
10 Sun November 19 boxscore L 1-8-1 @ Detroit Lions 14 27 17 319 242 77 3 21 330 207 123
11 Sun November 26 boxscore W 2-8-1 Los Angeles Rams 19 16 17 260 158 102 17 309 123 186
12 Sun December 3 boxscore L 2-9-1 @ New York Jets 17 18 22 333 194 139 1 18 323 259 64 2
13 Sun December 10 boxscore L 2-10-1 New England Patriots 10 17 20 337 243 94 4 18 289 180 109 2
14 Sun December 17 boxscore L 2-11-1 Green Bay Packers 20 30 12 152 102 50 2 15 244 66 178

Passing

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
No. Age Pos G GS QBrec Cmp Att Cmp% Yds TD TD% Int Int% Lng Y/A AY/A Y/C Y/G Rate QBR Sk Yds NY/A ANY/A Sk% 4QC GWD
8 Archie Manning 23 QB 14 14 2-11-1 230 448 51.3 2781 18 4.0 21 4.7 66 6.2 4.9 12.1 198.6 64.6 43 347 4.96 3.77 8.8 1 1
35 Bob Gresham 24 RB 14 9 0 1 0.0 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 39.6 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.0
Team Total 25.2 14 2-11-1 230 449 51.2 2781 18 4.0 21 4.7 66 6.2 4.9 12.1 198.6 64.5 43 347 4.95 3.76 8.7 1 1
Opp Total 14 213 367 58.0 2596 21 5.7 14 3.8 7.1 6.50 12.2 185.4 83.1 24 194 6.1 5.6 6.1

Rushing & Receiving

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
Rushing Receiving
No. Age Pos G GS Att Yds TD Lng Y/A Y/G A/G Rec Yds Y/R TD Lng R/G Y/G YScm RRTD Fmb
35 Bob Gresham 24 RB 14 9 121 381 3 23 3.1 27.2 8.6 29 192 6.6 0 54 2.1 13.7 573 3 5
8 Archie Manning 23 QB 14 14 63 351 2 18 5.6 25.1 4.5 351 2 9
38 Bill Butler 22 FB 14 9 54 233 0 27 4.3 16.6 3.9 25 226 9.0 2 21 1.8 16.1 459 2 3
42 Jim Strong 26 14 3 37 120 0 9 3.2 8.6 2.6 14 123 8.8 0 16 1.0 8.8 243 0 1
24 Joe Williams 25 14 3 31 72 0 11 2.3 5.1 2.2 16 116 7.3 0 32 1.1 8.3 188 0 4
45 Arthur Green 25 7 3 14 51 0 14 3.6 7.3 2.0 7 49 7.0 0 15 1.0 7.0 100 0 0
28 James Ford 23 5 1 11 28 0 9 2.5 5.6 2.2 1 9 9.0 0 9 0.2 1.8 37 0 0
47 Virgil Robinson 25 3 0 5 1 0 5 0.2 0.3 1.7 1 0 0
83 Dave Parks 31 TE 12 9 1 -7 0 -7 -7.0 -0.6 0.1 32 542 16.9 6 66 2.7 45.2 535 6 0
41 Bob Newland 24 WR 14 10 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 47 579 12.3 2 42 3.4 41.4 579 2 1
46 Danny Abramowicz 27 WR 13 13 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 38 668 17.6 7 51 2.9 51.4 668 7 1
36 Robert Brown 29 14 5 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 11 175 15.9 1 34 0.8 12.5 175 1 0
26 Margene Adkins 25 KR 14 4 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 9 96 10.7 0 38 0.6 6.9 96 0 4
86 Creston Whitaker 25 2 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 6 6.0 0 6 0.5 3.0 6 0 0
Team Total 25.2 14 337 1230 5 27 3.6 87.9 24.1 230 2781 12.1 18 66 16.4 198.6 4011 23 33
Opp Total 14 482 2089 15 4.3 149.2 34.4 213 2402 11.3 21 15.2 171.6 4491 36 27

Kick & Punt Returns

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
Punt Returns Kick Returns
No. Age Pos G GS Ret Yds TD Lng Y/R Rt Yds TD Lng Y/Rt APYd
26 Margene Adkins 25 KR 14 4 7 0 0 4 0.0 43 1020 0 61 23.7 1116
37 Tom Myers 22 fs/PR 13 5 9 43 0 10 4.8 43
45 Arthur Green 25 7 3 8 187 0 58 23.4 287
42 Jim Strong 26 14 3 4 53 0 22 13.3 296
18 Hugo Hollas 27 SS 14 9 2 9 0 9 4.5 9
24 Joe Williams 25 14 3 2 23 0 15 11.5 211
38 Bill Butler 22 FB 14 9 1 14 0 14 14.0 473
41 Bob Newland 24 WR 14 10 1 6 0 6 6.0 585
65 Remi Prudhomme 30 5 3 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
Team Total 25.2 14 16 43 0 10 2.7 62 1312 0 61 21.2 5366
Opp Total 14 36 281 0 7.8 50 1129 0 22.6

Kicking & Punting

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
0-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ Tot PAT Punting
No. Age Pos G GS FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FG% XPA XPM XP% Pnt Yds Lng Blck Y/P
10 Julian Fagan 24 P 14 0 71 2899 71 1 40.8
9 Happy Feller 23 K 6 0 1 1 2 1 4 3 4 1 11 6 54.5% 11 10 90.9%
15 Charlie Durkee 28 k 6 0 1 1 1 3 2 4 9 3 33.3% 9 9 100.0%
7 Toni Linhart 30 k 2 0 1 1 2 1 2 5 2 40.0% 5 5 100.0%
Team Total 25.2 14 3 3 5 2 7 5 10 1 25 11 44.0% 25 24 96.0% 71 2899 71 1 40.8
Opp Total 14 43 31 72.1% 38 38 100.0% 52 2044 39.3

Defense & Fumbles

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
Def Interceptions Fumbles Tackles
No. Age Pos G GS Sk Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Tkl Ast Sfty
8 Archie Manning 23 QB 14 14 0 9 4 0 0
24 Joe Williams 25 14 3 0 4 2 0 0
26 Margene Adkins 25 KR 14 4 0 4 1 0 0
35 Bob Gresham 24 RB 14 9 0 5 0 0 0
18 Hugo Hollas 27 SS 14 9 1 14 0 14 0 0 1 3 0 0
37 Tom Myers 22 fs/PR 13 5 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0
38 Bill Butler 22 FB 14 9 0 3 1 0 0
30 Ernie Jackson 22 LCB 10 5 3 41 0 31 0 0 0 1 85 1
11 Bivian Lee 24 13 9 4 65 0 32 0
10 Julian Fagan 24 P 14 0 0 1 2 -6 0
54 Tom Roussel 27 LLB 14 14 2 15 0 11 0 0 0 1 0 0
46 Danny Abramowicz 27 WR 13 13 0 1 1 0 0
64 Ray Hester 23 7 0 0 0 2 0 0
82 Bob Pollard 24 LDT 14 14 0 0 2 1 0
23 Doug Wyatt 26 FS 14 14 0 0 2 45 1
51 John Didion 25 C 14 0 0 1 0 -29 0
45 Arthur Green 25 7 3 0 0 1 0 0
20 Delles Howell 24 RCB 10 10 1 6 0 6 0
77 Carl Johnson 23 LG 14 7 0 0 1 0 0
74 Doug Mooers 25 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
87 Richard Neal 25 LDE 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
41 Bob Newland 24 WR 14 10 0 1 0 0 0
65 Remi Prudhomme 30 5 3 0 1 0 0 0
42 Jim Strong 26 14 3 0 1 0 0 0
61 Del Williams 27 8 6 0 0 1 0 0
Team Total 25.2 14 14 141 0 32 0 0 33 28 96 2 1
Opp Total 14 43 27 14 1

Scoring Summary

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
No. Age Pos G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM XPM FGM Sfty Pts Pts/G
46 Danny Abramowicz 27 WR 13 13 7 7 42
83 Dave Parks 31 TE 12 9 6 6 36
9 Happy Feller 23 K 6 0 10 6 28
15 Charlie Durkee 28 k 6 0 9 3 18
35 Bob Gresham 24 RB 14 9 3 3 18
38 Bill Butler 22 FB 14 9 2 2 12
8 Archie Manning 23 QB 14 14 2 2 12
41 Bob Newland 24 WR 14 10 2 2 12
7 Toni Linhart 30 k 2 0 5 2 11
36 Robert Brown 29 14 5 1 1 6
30 Ernie Jackson 22 LCB 10 5 1 1 6
23 Doug Wyatt 26 FS 14 14 1 1 6
72 Joe Owens 26 RDE 14 7 1 2
Team Total 25.2 14 5 18 2 1 26 24 11 1 209
Opp Total 14 15 21 1 38 31 1 361